gas tax

How (and Who) Will Pay for our Energy Infrastructure?

February 12, 2015 by James Bushnell

Energy Infrastructure Costs

You may have heard that the Federal highway trust fund is running out of money because, darn it, people aren’t using enough gasoline. The transformation of our energy system is rapidly accelerating the need to confront a long-standing problem with how we pay for our transportation and utility infrastructure.[read more]

Raise the Gas Tax

January 7, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Gas Taxes and Energy Policy

On January 1st, California’s cap-and-trade program was expanded to include gasoline and diesel. Allowance prices are currently $12.58/ton (link), so this increases gasoline prices by $0.10 per gallon and increases diesel prices by about $0.13 per gallon. I strongly support this expansion.[read more]

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

June 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Gas Taxes and Bipartisanship

Yes, you can be sure you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and they are actually getting praised for it to boot.[read more]

Does the Gas Tax Belong in the Fiscal Cliff Fix?

November 30, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Recently I've seen several articles along the lines of this one from CNN, suggesting that an increase in the federal gasoline tax might be included in negotiations to avert the impending US "fiscal cliff".  While the gap between the gas tax, which was last raised in 1993, and highway repair costs grows each year, that's not...[read more]

Linking Energy Production to Energy Innovation

November 28, 2012 by Clifton Yin

“With pencils being sharpened on a debt deal,” Politico reports (subscription article), “all eyes are on the gas tax as a possible savior for transportation spending. But another option that may cause lawmakers less heartburn is being obscured by the gas tax dust: linking energy production with infrastructure spending…includ[ing]...[read more]

Gas Taxes v. CAFE Regulations

August 9, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Most of the current 18.4 cents per gallon federal gasoline tax is set to expire at the end of September, and there are some indications that it may become the occasion for the next big political fight in Congress. See Politico and Platts for background. Grover Nordquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, says a vote to keep the current...[read more]

The Problem with a Carbon Tax

July 30, 2011 by Michael Tobis

Fuel is a luxury, sometimes. And sometimes it is a necessity.If we rely entirely on a "price" on carbon, and carbon remains fungible, what happens?Well, in a sense we already know. We in the US have encouraged the use of farmland to produce corn to produce ethanol. This notoriously contributes to the rise in prices of the coarsest,...[read more]

Collecting Road Taxes After Peak Gasoline

May 13, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

On Monday I was interviewed on Chicago's WGN Radio on the subject of switching the collection of federal highway taxes from the current assessment on motor fuel sales to a fee on vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The gas tax is always a hot-button subject, and when it's combined with potential concerns about privacy it becomes even more...[read more]

Gas Taxes and Price Divergence

April 25, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Rising gasoline prices got my attention pretty forcefully this weekend when I filled up our rental car in South San Francisco, at the end of a short holiday trip to California. I expected to pay a bit more than usual near the SFO airport, but $4.439 per gallon for unleaded regular was a jolt, because prices in Northern Virginia, where I...[read more]

An Argument For A Gas Tax

April 18, 2011 by Simon Donner

Last Thursday I gave a talk at the annual American Association of Geographers meeting in Seattle. The AAG attracts throngs and throngs of academic geographers from around the world. Frankly, the meeting is so big you need to be a geographer to navigate your way to a chosen talk, the subject of which may very well be a Marxist analysis of...[read more]

A triple-dividend from Pigovian gasoline taxation?

March 7, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Michael Giberson Evan Turgeon, a lawyer working for the Cato Institute, has an article on gasoline taxation in the Journal of Land, Resources & Environmental Law: “Triple-Dividends: Toward Pigovian Gasoline Taxation.” The “triple dividends” asserted are benefits to the U.S. domestic economy, the national security outlook, and...[read more]

Senate Climate Bill Trio Scrapping Oil and Gasoline Fee?

April 23, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

Originally posted at the Breakthrough Institute According to several reports, the trio of senators leading the effort to craft a climate and energy bill for release next Monday are back-peddling from earlier plans to implement a new fee on petroleum-based fuels such as gasoline amidst concerns that any new "gas tax" would trigger voter...[read more]

The search for a non-taxing carbon tax

April 14, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

One of the hallmarks of being a politician is the ability to convince yourself and others (meaning both other politicians and your constituents) that it makes perfect sense to believe two contradictory things at the same time. In the endlessly debated issue of “putting a price on carbon” we have a nearly perfect breeding ground for this...[read more]

More on VMT

February 10, 2010 by RyanAvent

It’s interesting to me that so many people find the idea of a VMT tax to be clearly ridiculous. At present, federal gas tax revenues are insufficient to cover spending on highways (to say nothing of all transportation needs), and spending on transportation is insufficient to cover critical needs (to say nothing of desirable expansions)....[read more]

A Tale of Two Taxes

March 21, 2009 by Robert Stavins

Whether they are called “revenue enhancements” or “user charges,” fear of the political consequences of taxes restricts debate on energy and environmental policy options in Washington.In a March 7th post on “Green Jobs,” in which I argued that it is not always best to try to address two challenges with a single policy instrument, I also...[read more]