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Although motorbikes can pollute less than cars, they still have a carbon footprint. In some European cities - Milan, Rome and Barcelona, for example - there are more two-wheeled vehicles than cars, and all those smaller footprints add up. Spain has decided to do something about the emissions from these scooters by adding a registration tax based on their CO2 numbers, like cars. How does the system work?

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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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What makes the most sense to encourage sensible and environmental driving habits in Germany while not punishing people who buy high-end cars? Guido Reinking, the editor of Automobilwoche, writes in Automotive News (subs req'd) that vehicles should not be taxed when sold/bought, but that each liter of fuel should be stuck with a higher levy. Reinking writes:

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