Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I Said What They Say -- Raise the Gas Tax

I like it when respected publications echo what I've been saying for months. Wired just wrote about how it's time to raise the gas tax. No kidding.

Of course, I still think we should take things a step further and tax carbon — otherwise, coal's huge contribution to climate change and air pollution will be left unaddressed. Driving electric cars that plug into a power grid that generates electricity by burning more than 1 trillion tons of coal a year is hardly an impressive step forward. The whole system has to change. Sensible incentives/disincentives (such as a higher gas tax) can help expedite the transition to a more sustainable American lifestyle. I'm all for it.