In The Future We Will Tax the Odometer, Not the Fuel Guage

A look at the advantages of a mileage-based tax.

Published: 14-Jan-2006

Think of this future. Hybrid vehicles, averaging 70 miles per gallon, are used by 30 percent of drivers. Another 10 percent use hydrogen, an exciting new fuel. The remaining drivers use highly efficient gas-powered vehicles. Because the use of gasoline has declined so much, oil imports have dwindled and gas costs only $1 a gallon.

This is a future many dream of, and it may be one we eventually reach. The demand for hybrids is jumping, fuel efficiency is becoming a higher priority for drivers and a car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell is being tested in California.

Sounds great, right? We help the environment, we reduce our dependence on gasoline and oil and we still maintain the independence provided by the automobile. Could there be anything wrong with this picture?

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