Please, can't we even discuss a gasoline tax without somebody calling somebody an America-hating socialist?
Having a five-year lead time to plan a product that will live or die on the future spot price for crude makes the industry extremely risk-averse. Investing in cool, compact vehicles with small, high-efficiency gas and diesel engines--such as the gems that rule Europe's roads--requires some confidence that people will buy them.
A fuel tax would help instill that confidence without forcing down our throat the desperate, costly changes necessitated by CAFE.
Hey, if even gearheads are asking for a carbon tax, why not oblige them? Anyway, the worst gas-guzzlers are bought by rich people at this point anyway. The exception to that is work trucks. But isn't that gas already tax-deductible? We need to put a price on carbon and this is a spot where we would clearly get a large market-based reaction.
Or maybe I'm just more willing to entertain the idea since I have a Honda Fit that makes it out of the garage once a week or so.