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33Study: Americans prefer tolls over fuel taxes... how about you?

One fact seems indisputable: Americans have come to hate taxes and any suggestion by a politician to raise them is tantamount to political suicide. The problem is that public infrastructure requires funding – and lots of it. Critics of this disparity would argue that a lack of political will to raise fuel taxes has left roads, bridges and tunnels across America crumbling in recent decades.

81Study: Americans prefer tolls over fuel taxes... how about you?

One fact seems indisputable: Americans have come to hate taxes and any suggestion by a politician to raise them is tantamount to political suicide. The problem is that public infrastructure requires funding – and lots of it. Critics of this disparity would argue that a lack of political will to raise fuel taxes has left roads, bridges and tunnels across America crumbling in recent decades.

32Report suggests fuel tax better than higher mpg standards for heavy duty vehicles

Passenger cars and light-duty trucks will be subjected to stringent new emission standards in the near future. Heavy-duty vehicles are not being left out of the mix and will have their own regulations intended to slowly lead to cleaner vehicles delivering goods across the nation. That's a good thing.

54KGLERB stands for potential fuel tax increase based on carbon content in U.S.

The cosmic oil-consumption scales have been tipping back and forth a lot this week. On Tuesday, Nissan revealed that its all-electric Leaf will be priced lower than most of us expected. On Wednesday, President Obama announced that we'll be ramping up our off-shore drilling efforts on the East Coast. And on Thursday, the EPA and NHTSA announced changes to the nation's CAFE standards, upping them to more than 34 miles per gallon by 2016 and regulating green house gasses for the first time. So, in

34Engine displacement tax could convince automakers to focus on smaller powerplants

Last year, the state of Washington contemplated a tax that would be placed on vehicles dependent upon the displacement of its engine. The displacement tax was eventually discarded but not forgotten. Automakers noted the possibility of this tax cropping up again in the future and marked it in their books.

40How best to tax EVs? Probably not with Washington's $100 flat rate

Making the transition to electrified vehicles will bring with it a vast array of issues that will need to be dealt with. There are, of course, the obvious problems of charging EVs in urban areas and disposal and recycling of batteries. Then there is the problem of taxation. Vehicles need paved roads to travel on. Paving costs a lot of money. While there are some toll roads in the U.S. that drivers pay to traverse, most infrastructure is financed through fuel taxes. The presumption is that the am

64EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

25EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

3Institute of Advanced Motorists teaches how to cancel out UK fuel duty rise

Recently, the government in the UK decided to raise its fuel duty by 2.12p per liter. While a gas tax increase is rarely popular, this small rise isn't that difficult to overcome, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The idea is that a mild change in driving habits can more than make up for the additional cost of fuel.

16Autonation CEO Mike Jackson: just another exec in favor of higher gas taxes

Executives of large companies by and large tend to skew toward the more conservative side of the political spectrum and generally eschew increased taxes on anything. However, a growing handful (see here) seems to be coming to the same realization of late, a realization that completely escapes most politicians: cheap gas is bad for America, especially if we want the country to move to more efficient, lower emitting vehicles.

43Oregon considers taxing mileage, not gas

Oregon ran a pilot program in 2006 and 2007 that fitted 300 cars with GPS receivers, which kept track of the cars' mileage. The receivers also kept records of when the cars were on the road, noting whether they traveled during rush hour or not. When the drivers went to several specially-equipped gas stations, they paid a mileage tax based on how far they had driven and when they drove, rush hour being more expensive than the wee hours.

96Road commission calls for gas tax hike

A gas tax is about more than putting liquid into your tank and subtracting a higher amount from your bank account. A gas tax is -- just like CAFE and hybrids and $25 billion set aside to finance fuel efficient technologies -- about reworking and redefining our entire system of private transportation. And since that system is most certainly going to redefined, it is no surprise that the National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing has recommended a jump in the federal fu

72Ward's columnist wonders if Americans can handle the truth about gas taxes

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Can_You_Handle_the_Truth_About_High_Gas_Taxes'; People have always had something of an aversion to hard truths. Most Americans say they want their country to get off foreign oil or help the environment, but when it comes to the bottom line, they want cheap fuel. And when the prices on gas pumps start to dip, consumer interest in smaller more efficient vehicles tends to go out the window. Understandably, drivers everywhere tend to make vehicle purchasing d

4China raises fuel tax, changes gas price scheme to boost alternative fuels

China has decided to stimulate demand for alternative fuels with a standard financial measure: raising the fuel tax. The fuel tax on gasoline will climb from the equivalent of 13 cents a gallon to 64 cents, while the tax on diesel will rise from 6.5 cents a gallon to 51 cents. Ouch. While this measure will be partially offset by the current low oil prices, China has announced plans to keep fuel prices more directly tied to crude oil prices. The Chinese government believes that this measure, the

17Gas tax holiday killed by road crews, not common sense, tax increase soon

As you may have noticed when filling your tank, the plan for a gas tax holiday put forward by presidential candidates from both party brands, never came to fruition. The idea had been suspend an 18¢ per gallon federal tax on fuel from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Of course the fact that this would have saved average drivers a whopping $28 had little if anything to do with the lack of movement on bills from both Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain. It turns out the

19Rep. Dingell proposes tax on fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn, MI) has created a legislative proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as by 60 to 80 percent in 2050. How? By creating a tax on fuels and CO2 emissions. The amount: $50 per ton of CO2 and 50 cents a gallon for gasoline. It will include the elimination of tax exemptions for large homes as well. Dingell also supports the Hill-Terry initiative that is trying to raise mileage standards by 40 percent in 2022.

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