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    Read This: 'Fee per ton mile' latest idea to combat declining gas tax revenues

    For those who consider our current and projected transportation-infrastructure budget shortfall a weighty matter, consider a recent op-ed in The New York Times that casts the argument in just those terms. With transportation funding subsidized to the tune of about $41 billion since 2008 and the ...

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    Report: GM lobbies against Michigan proposal for EV road tax

    General Motors has no issues with the idea of better roads for Michigan, but when it comes to a special plug-in vehicle tax enacted to help pay for those repairs, the automaker is crying foul, Automotive News says. At least eight US states either having passed or proposed a special electric ...

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    Report: Citing "public health," French minister calls for higher diesel taxes

    France's environment minister says diesel fuel, which powers about 80 percent of the country's light-duty vehicles, should be taxed at higher levels for the sake of public health, Bloomberg News reports. Delphine Batho, in a radio interview, said the idea of increasing diesel taxes is a "public ...

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    Study: Strong majority of Americans support higher gas tax to improve roads

    Think of it this way: a teenager cruising in a convertible down Pacific Coast Highway will probably be pretty big on smooth roads. That's sort of the gist of a survey from the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, which polled more than 1,500 people on their attitudes toward taxation, ...

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    Report: Italy hikes gas taxes to raise money for earthquake relief

    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 ...

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    Opinion: Climate change and the redistribution of carbon-sourced wealth

    For a multitude of reasons – climate change, air quality, national security, etc. – a large reduction in the burning of carbon-based fuels is a good idea. Since higher prices are known to reduce consumption, one way to achieve this is to simply put a tax on fuel at the pump. It's been ...

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    Report: Washington State senate passes $100 annual fee for electric vehicles

    Washington State's senate has passed a bill that would impose an annual fee of $100 to electric-vehicle drivers in an effort to compensate for the gas taxes that EV drivers don't pay, the Associated Press reported. The fee, which doesn't apply to hybrids or neighborhood-electric vehicles, will ...

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    Report: Arizona lawmaker proposals per-mile electric-vehicle tax

    Because nothing says environmental sustainability like a per-mile tax on electric vehicles. That's what some Arizona legislators are proposing as a way to raise funds on the backs of those not paying taxes usually associated with fuel purchases. Arizona Representative Steve Farley is proposing ...

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    Netherlands sees measurable results from fee-per-mile test program

    Should drivers be charged a tax fee for the miles they drive? A controversial tax proposal over in the Netherlands calls for just that, with miles driven measured via a meter placed in vehicles. All eyes are on the Netherland's fee-per-mile trials, with the program's ability to ease traffic ...

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    Report: Next Congressional battle: renewing the federal gas tax

    If the U.S. economy wasn't in shambles, renewing the federal excise tax on gasoline would be routine. But, as Congress intensely debated the national debt recently, the gas tax got moved to the back burner. This is a potential problem. With most of the 18.4-cent per gallon gasoline tax set to ...

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    Will higher-MPG vehicles starve highway funding?

    It happens every time there's a proposal on the table for increased fuel efficiency. Someone runs the math, points out that high mileage vehicles use less gasoline, then warns that less gas means less gas taxes for maintaining roads. In this case, that someone is Ben Wear over at the ...

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    Infographic: Taxed at the pump

    With the price of a single gallon of gasoline hovering around $4.00, it's not like gas comes cheap. In fact, seven out of ten Americans say that soaring pump prices are causing financial hardships. We bet you didn't know that the nationwide average tax on gasoline of 49.5 cents per gallon has ...

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    Raising gas tax could diminish possibility of an oil-driven recession

    Gas taxes are, according to numerous elected officials in the U.S., the single most unpopular tax among voters. Likewise, when legislators and government officials discuss increasing the gas tax, a heated debate almost always ensues. Over at the the Economist, Ryan Avent presented this compelling ...

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    Tax credit for "black liquor" eliminated under health care reform bill *UPDATE

    Buried in the health car reform legislation is a mention of a paper-making byproduct known as "black liquor." This substance, a wood-pulping byproduct, is utilized as a biofuel to generate electricity for paper-making companies throughout the U.S. Up until now, companies utilizing this black ...

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    Engine 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 ...

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    DC 2010: Would a federal diesel tax rebate be in order? Diesel coalition thinks so

    Last year, BorgWarner and Robert Bosch LLC founded the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. For the first anniversary party, the group is present in the EDTA advanced technology section of the Washington Auto Show to announce three new menbers – Tenneco, Dow Automotive and Umicore ...

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    Will 2009 see an ethanol bailout?

    Ethanol may be the worst type of renewable energy, but that won't stop the industry from attempting to participate in the new bailout culture of the United States. A story in the Wall Street Journal says that the industry's lobbying group, the Renewable Fuels Association, is asking for a $1 billion ...

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    Texans' taxes buy terrific trains

    Almost a hundred new ultra-low-emission locomotives are cruising the rails in Texas (98 total, with 46 based in Dallas-Fort Worth, 43 in Houston, and nine in San Antonio) thanks mostly to a $75 million Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grant. According to this article in the Dallas Morning ...

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    Suzuki and Nissan benefit from Thailand's low taxes for building cleaner cars

    We already announced this for Toyota and for Honda, and now it's time for Suzuki and Nissan: Thailand is giving significant tax incentives for automakers who decide to build cars that are considered respectful to the environment. To be eligible for the tax incentives, a company must, first of all, ...

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    Toyota likes free money, signs on to Thailand's eco-car plan

    Toyota told Reuters they will join Thailand's plan to be the eco-friendly car production capital of the world. Trying to repair the economic damage to the Thai car industry from the 2006 coup, the Thai government is offering green car makers 50 percent cut in the excise tax, no income tax for 8 ...


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