It happens every time there’s a proposal on the table for increased fuel efficiency. Someone runs the math, points out that high mileage vehicles use less gasoline, then warns that less gas means less gas taxes for maintaining roads.
Reminds Murdoc of a story he pointed out a few years back:
Fulton County officials praised county water users Wednesday for their success at conservation — then socked them with a 15 percent rate increase for their effort…
Utility managers said water use has dropped by as much as 30 percent since last year when Gov. Sonny Perdue asked each county to cut usage by at least 10 percent because of the lingering drought. That has Fulton facing potential default on its bonds, said Angela Parker, public works director.
“We just can’t swallow this reduction in revenues,” Parker said.
A difference with the gas tax decreases due to increasing gas mileage would be that, via CAFE, the government would essentially be mandating conservation. And then probably using that conservation as an excuse to raise taxes.
Meanwhile, since I haven’t posted one for a while, here’s GasBuddy.com’s Gas Price Heat Map: