Dan AkersonDon'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.

Okay, that's a stretch, but Akerson did tell the Detroit News that he thinks the federal gas tax should be increased as much as a dollar a gallon in order to convince car buyers to buy more efficient vehicles. He'd of course, prefer you buy a Cruze or a Volt, but if gas shoots to $5 a gallon, you can bet those won't be the only models in demand. Akerson says that higher pump prices will be better for the environment than forcing automakers like GM to build cars with really high MPG ratings. Akerson told the News:

You know what I'd rather have them do - this will make my Republican friends puke - as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas. People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans.

With this, Akerson joins Bill Ford and Alan Mullaly in calling for a higher gas tax. Now, if only we could get some powerful politicians to say the same thing.

[Source: Detroit News via AOL Autos]