One of the most contentious issues in the discussion of how to wean ourselves off oil is fuel taxes. In spite of the campaign contributions that politicians get from car makers, when push come to shove on efficiency they get the short end of the stick. That's because in this country almost any politician that even hints at raising taxes on anything will get crucified by anti-tax lobbyists. So even though higher fuel prices (through taxes) will drive demand for more efficient vehicles, politicians find it more expedient to mandate higher efficiency from car makers regardless of what consumers might be demanding.
During the debate over CAFE standards most of the automaker representatives have repeatedly said the gas taxes should go up along with the efficiency mandates. If that happens they will have no problem selling more efficient vehicles. However, you rarely - if ever - heard that reported in the media, although we have written about it here numerous times. Now, Toyota
is openly asking the question at the Open Road Blog
. They want to know what people really think about gas taxes. What do you think?