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#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
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
“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.”
#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!
#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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