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Originally posted by Netchicken
Shaione I think that market forces will do that naturally enough.
Once the petrol prices starts to bite in peoples pockets they will realise that driving a hummer around the city is a pretty stupid idea.
However if people don't take the hint, then either they have so much money that they don't notice or there are other reasons for having such a vehicle that is greater than the cost of running it. Thats their free choice.
At one time there were extra taxes on larger vehicles, I remember the Nissan Terrano was imported as a work wehicle, and avoided tax (I think). Maybe someone closer to the situation may have a better idea.
Originally posted by sardion2000
Simple. Incease the Gas Tax slowly over a 2 year period to avoid economic shocks and do it by .50 cents. Wait 2 more years to see how the market reacts and then raise it again another .50 cents over 2 years and just keep repeating until Gas consumption is cut in half. I can be done but who's fooling who it won't happen with Bush or any Republican in office.
WASHINGTON — The United States has an oil reserve at least three times that of Saudi Arabia locked in oil-shale deposits beneath federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Originally posted by FredT
As pointed out above, market forces will change how and what people buy. We have a midsize SUV its a ULEV vehicle but not a hybrid. WHy do we have it? Well its easier to lug our son and his stuff around in it. We also go to Tahoe at least 5 times in the winter so having the 4WD is appealing to us.
Also we did the math on hybrids and it does not add up. Figuring $4 a gallon, the Civic hybrid would take us 8-10 years to recoup the cost based on our driving patterns and the wildly optimistic EPA MPG rating. That is also assuming that the battery pack works that long and does not require a change etc. That also factored in a Federal tax rebate as well.