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In a move likely to cause an uproar across Portland-area coffeehouses, Oregon's state legislature is again considering instituting a per-mile tax on super-fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles. The state is looking to recuperate revenue lost because more fuel efficient vehicles on the road result in fewer dollars being collected from gas taxes.

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Tragedy is a relative concept. Some would call it a tragedy that, while Italy makes some of the most desirable (and gas-guzzling) cars on the market, it also has some of the highest fuel prices in Europe. But that unfortunate reality is far overshadowed by the two earthquakes that have struck the country's Emilia-Romagna region, killing 24 people in total. Now the fledgling government tasked with steering the troubled country into financial health is forced to raise fuel taxes even higher to rel

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The Reason organization identifies itself as libertarian, but the group's latest Reason-Rupe poll of 1,200 Americans found more Democrats out there (45 percent) than Republicans (35) or "Pure Independents" (16). Whatever the political leanings of the participants and the methodology used, the interesting result for cleaner transportation advocates is how the people said they'd like to fund infrastructure improvements. In short, Reason found that people would rather pay tolls than more taxes.

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According to a new study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, new Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards that mandate cars and light trucks average 54.5 mpg by 2025 will deprive federal highway projects of more than $65 billion in revenues.

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Gas tax infographic – Click above to view interactive version after the jump

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Don't hate the man who thinks the Toyota Prius is a geekmobile he "wouldn't be caught dead in." You see, the CEO of General Motors, Daniel Akerson, actually wants more people to buy Priuses.

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The National Automobile Dealers Association has joined the ranks of those opposed to upping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 60 mpg by 2025. The dealer group says that with fuel prices still low, consumers are more interested in horsepower and style than they are super-efficient vehicles. That means that if the federal government starts mandating ever more efficient vehicles that are significantly costlier to manufacture, dealers are likely to see sales falter as automakers have to el

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The debate rages on as to whether gas prices in America are too low, and we could be looking at a very different picture if things don't change drastically here soon. For an example of what might be, check out New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who paints a picture of where the electric vehicle (EV) industry could be going if gas prices stay where they are. In his words, "you'll import your new electric car from China just like you're now importing your oil from Saudi Arabia."

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We all love to see high fuel prices, right? Well, some of us might, but the majority of us would rather not pay through the roof for a gallon of gas. There's definitely a consensus that high gas prices are good for the environment in many ways, but few of us are willing to foot the bill to help out Mother Nature's cause.

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The idea of implementing a gas tax is becoming as regular in the national debate as the seasons. Those in favor: the Wall Street Journal and Bill Ford, Jr. Those opposed: John McCain (remember him?). New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman brought the debate back this weekend in his latest column, which calls politicians out for their wimpiness for not dealing with energy issues – including nuclear power and, yes, a big huge gasoline tax – in any serious way. Friedman found an energ

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Yesterday, we asked where government spending for plug-in hybrid conversions is at? In the discussion that followed, some readers said they preferred to see higher gas taxes instead of a move by the government to take sides and try to figuring out which technology would best help us move off of gasoline. We've heard support for a higher gas tax from executives at Ford and AutoNation, and the Wall Street Journal says bumping up the taxes are one way to save GM.

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2009 Chevrolet Cruze - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Chevy Cruze - Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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Slapping a few dimes' worth of tax onto each gallon of gas we buy at the pump hasn't been the most popular idea in Washington. Sure, some elected representatives have called for a higher gas tax in the past, but more often than not the idea dies on the vine. There is a chance that things will be different now that one of the biggest opponents to a gas tax increase, General Motors (through CEO Rick Wagoner), has given the idea a sort of blessing. Wagoner said yesterday that a federal gas tax that

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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.

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In recent weeks, as the price of crude oil and refined gasoline have continued to decline from their summertime highs, an increasing number of people have been jumping on the gas tax bandwagon. Many analysts and pundits have come out in favor of a tax to keep fuel prices high and encourage the use of more efficient vehicles. Two segments however, have been notable by their silence: politicians and the oil industry. I wouldn't expect any spineless politician to actually come out in favor of taxin

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Can you hear that? Those are the war drums, and more and more of them are beating the same tune: bring on the gas tax. An editorial in The Gray Lady is the latest and arguably the weightiest to join the shock troops advocating for higher gas prices. The writer proposes a fluctuating consumption tax that would keep gas at least $4 per gallon in 2008 dollars, while an economist suggests a sliding tax on the price of a barrel of oil to achieve the same effect.

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Now that gas is once again (relatively) cheap, there's a renewed sense that adding a higher tax on each drop of petroleum might be a wise plan. It's often suggested that revenues from a higher gas tax are necessary to keep America's vast roadways in good working order, but some believe that there might be other uses for these taxpayer funds. For instance, we are all well aware by now that the Detroit-based automakers are losing money much faster than they are taking it in, which has led the Feds

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Darryl Siry has never been shy about expressing his opinions. Since departing from his post as chief talking head and salesman at Tesla Motors, Siry has been freed up to share his thoughts even more vociferously and with greater frequency on his personal blog and his latest post is sure to anger many people. With gas prices down to $1.86 in Siry's San Francisco neighborhood (and even lower here in Michigan where I saw one station today at $1.49) he tackles two of the most controversial topics am

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