Bridge Disaster Could Mean Gas-Tax Hi...

Bridge Disaster Could Mean Gas-Tax Hike -

There are 3 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 7, 2007, titled Bridge Disaster Could Mean Gas-Tax Hike -. In it, Newsday reports that:

The Minneapolis bridge disaster that suddenly is the symbol of the nation's crumbling infrastructure could tip the scales in favor of billions of dollars in higher gasoline taxes for repairs coast to coast.

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Glen Head, NY

#1 Aug 8, 2007
TRAVERSE CITY -- Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally expressed interest today in a

proposal for a 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax advanced Tuesday in Ann Arbor by

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn.

Mulally, speaking at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, said a

gas tax would be a method to include consumer choice in the debate over how to

improve fuel efficiency in the United States.

“It’s one way you can get at it,” he said, citing decisions to heavily tax gas in Europe

and driving fuel prices to $7,$8 or $9 a gallon.

When pressed by reporters after his speech, Mulally stopped short of directly

endorsing a gas tax increase, either personally or on Ford’s behalf.

“The reason I made the comment is, I think it’s so important that we all join in this

debate and we really decide what we all want to do about energy security and global

warming,” he said.“A piece of that could be a tax. I don’t have a thought past that,

but I think it’s great that our political leaders are dealing with the situation in a robust


In a proposal he plans to make in September, Dingell wants to pair a gas tax with a

separate tax on carbon dioxide emissions of $100 per ton.

In a panel discussion following his speech Tuesday, Mulally railed against the

Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard and efforts by Congress to boost the

fuel economy mandates to 35 miles per gallon for all automakers. Dingell, like the

Detroit Three and most other auto companies, has opposed raising CAFE

standards as the primary vehicle for reducing oil consumption.

Ford, General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and Toyota Motor Corp. are united in

their opposition to the fuel economy increase approved by the Senate in June,

which calls for automakers to hit a standard of 35 mpg by 2020. The industry's

alternative, a House bill sponsored by Reps. Baron Hill, D-Ind., and Lee Terry,

R-Neb., would let federal regulators set a standard of between 32 and 35 mpg by


While the numerical difference between the bills appears small, each contains a

host of other rules that would control how difficult it would be for automakers to meet

the targets

Mulally said the CAFE issue has been the biggest surprise he’s encountered since

becoming Ford CEO last September after a long career in the aircraft industry at

Boeing Co.

“I’ve never seen as big a market-distorting policy as CAFE,” he said, arguing that

the policy, first implemented in 1975 when 28% of U.S. oil was imported, has failed

because oil imports are now 68% of U.S. consumption.

Asked if a higher gas price at the pump would really change consumer behavior,

Mulally said,“It already has, with the decline in SUV and big truck sales.”

Cincinnati, OH

#2 Aug 8, 2007
A bridge collapses in Minnesota, so we all have to pay more in taxes?

Well, the last time I checked we were running enormous deficits at the Federal Level. Perhaps if we ended the illegal Iraq War, and shut down many of our military bases overseas, that would make sense.

Elect Ron Paul for fiscal responsibility!
Zyskandar A Jaimot

United States

#3 Aug 9, 2007
The 'polling' sumthin you DUMB-DEMBHOLES 'live-and-die-with-as-long-as- it-supports-yur-INANE-NOTIONS' has %57 of MINNESOTTA VOTERS against AGAINST raising the gas tax 5cents to support 'new bridgework'!!! WHAT DO YUOSE SAY TO THAT DIMWIT-DEMBHOLES???

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