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Fuel taxes more effective than CAFE standards for cutting consumption, MIT says

Landline Magazine -- A White House plan to reduce gasoline consumption 20 percent by 2050 through fuel economy standards for vehicles will cost six- to 14 times more than simply raising the gas tax, a researcher at MIT says.

Research by Valerie Karplus of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change compared the cost of Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE standards, with the cost of increasing gas taxes to reduce consumption. Her research appears in the March edition of Energy Economics.

“First, a fuel economy standard is shown to be at least six to 14 times less cost effective than a price instrument (fuel tax) when targeting an identical reduction in cumulative gasoline use,” Karplus wrote.

The research pertains to light vehicles and not heavy trucks or diesel fuel, but some of ...


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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 1:43:50 AM

Fuel taxes more effective than CAFE standards for cutting consumption! The higher the fuel taxes and the higher the cost of fuel, the more people will consider higher mpg vehicles. It's a matter of how much money do you want to spend to get to where you want to go. Of course, there's always the pickup that is designed to carry large or heavy loads, carry a persons materials as his job truck OR pull a trailer of various sizes. Mostly, I see a daily driver pickup with only one person in it and carrying or pulling nothing. Go Figure!
Just make sure every vehicle pays their fair share to maintain the roads and bridges.
I.E. - EV's, Inbreds, heavy trucks, etc. etc. etc.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 4:53:18 AM

hmmmm... and that study cost how much?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 3:03:07 AM

Interesting.
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:03:03 AM

There is nothing new here. Both Obama and his Energy Secretary Chu have both said they wanted gasoline prices here at "European levels" ($8-10 per gallon) to "encourage conservation." They would prefer though to get the price higher through taxes. Expect Obama to again propose a carbon tax and other taxes on gasoline before he leaves office.

[Edited by: Alaydown at 2/24/2013 1:03:47 AM EST]
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:18:23 PM

Taxes, taxes and more taxes.....thanks Obama.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:13:08 PM

Were already taxed to death, raise the mileage standards even higher.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:12:40 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:12:14 PM

Old news.
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Bud122CA
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:11:55 PM

The best way our "Pres" can change the way we are going is to start drilling and pumping. The open more area for refining
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:07:22 PM

bah
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:07:19 PM

If fuel prices won't reduce consumption until it was three times the cost, then additional fuel tax won't help unless it is so high it destroys the economey.
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cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:06:14 PM

Taxes kill.
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weenerdog
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:05:31 PM

of course they'd say that
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southrob
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:05:10 PM

dhan for a better economy
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ramshot412
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:05:02 PM

"The problem is that the Republicans fed the carrots to the "job creators" and all they got were larger bowel movements."

Exactly.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:02:16 PM

Jeez, @MAC48. Paranoid much? How about increasing vehicle mileage to reduce your fuel costs? What's so wrong about that? If you want to screw up the planet, that's fine but why would you want to waste money while doing it?
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:59:44 PM

What do you consider carrots, @DEG? Tax cuts?

The problem is that the Republicans fed the carrots to the "job creators" and all they got were larger bowel movements.
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:57:34 PM

Oh, sorry @clermont40miles. We forgot that, as usual, you already have all the answers.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:57:20 PM

President Obama will never be accused of having a better idea!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:56:45 PM

I buy that...
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:56:31 PM

more taxes?
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:56:04 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:56:01 PM

"he proposes the guvvermint rip you off for." Wow, @vibdata was that even English?

Please try to string together a few coherent thoughts before you start typing.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:52:25 PM

how nice
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:50:25 PM

This is interesting
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:48:44 PM

Class warfare.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:24:15 PM

MIT people are supposed to be smart. SUPPOSED TO BE is the operative expression.

My vote goes to the MIT professor who will pay the beeeellions and beeellllions of dollars he proposes the guvvermint rip you off for. To line his pockets, of course.

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:17:40 PM


Lindalm hit it exactly right. We are going to need both taxes and CAFE standards to maintain the highway system and control consumption.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:15:27 PM

Somehow this makes sense
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:09:47 PM

No kidding also good at stalling the economy
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:09:27 PM

No kidding
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:05:18 PM

duh
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:55:59 PM

I fear we are headed for both of these and they will include significant costs. No one will back off the CAFE standards and the increased mileage will force raising the fuel taxes for roads.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:53:00 PM

Rich People Talk with no earthly idea of the TOTAL IMPACTS of such a plan!

GDP, Jobs, Food Prices, Inflation, Costs For Goods & Services were not FACTORED in at all!

Class Warfare folks...CLASS WARFARE!
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WIPACKERFAN,knows this? The idiot is behind it.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:49:21 PM

Pretty obvious these clowns have no clue what they are doing.

Stop the madness.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:46:39 PM

true
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:45:36 PM

And disposable income, jobs, gdp.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:44:31 PM

yes, but which one is more palatable to voters? Normally apathetic voters, that is...
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:43:09 PM

The government should learn to use the carrot approach instead of stick approach on everything.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:39:53 PM

Fuel taxes will not equalize the impact of alternative fueled vehicles to maintain highways.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:36:59 PM

Post from last Article:
That's why we need higher Federal gas tax to repair the roads... Because Florida wasted it on Sunday's Dayton 500...
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:33:02 PM

gasoline taxs needs to go up just to pay for all the roads that need to be built and repaired.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:30:33 PM

More taxeson the way.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:28:52 PM

Echo ".....I will not raise taxes on the middle class "
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:28:32 PM

Money talks.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:28:25 PM

All these studies and nothing ever comes of any just love the grant money
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:27:57 PM

Makes sense
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:24:24 PM

likely true, but we need a much fairer based "road usage fee" than the gas tax. Also, mpg needs to be improved and we need to encourage use of alternative transportation
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:21:53 PM

Remember folks that a primary objective of the environmental activist groups is to get/force/persuade the public to reduce their use of vehicles in order to reduce our use of fossil fuels, to reduce the real or perceived contaminants released into the atmosphere by less domestic vehicle miles driven per day and to get/force/persuade the public to greater and greater use of public transportation such as busses, light rail, bicycles, etcetera.

Convincing the public to allow a significant increase in the motor vehicle fuel tax burden at the Federal and state levels will accomplish the goals of the environmental activist groups.
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