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GM CEO Calls for $1 Gas Tax Increase in the United States

Posted By Brit Liggett On June 8, 2011 @ 12:26 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,News,Policy | 9 Comments

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We can hardly believe our ears! In an interview with Detroit News [1], General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called for a $1 tax increase on gasoline to help car manufacturers sell more fuel efficient vehicles [2]. The statement, which is sure to shock the auto industry and Republicans in Congress, was Akerson’s way of telling those in Washington that he — and others in the auto industry [2] — believe that higher gas prices, not fuel efficiency standards, are the best way to get more low-emissions cars [2] on the road.


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Akerson’s point is that you have to give consumers a reason to buy more fuel efficient vehicles [2], while also ramping up production on them. If car makers are meant to produce more low-emission cars but people are still buying SUV’s, you’re going to hurt the auto makers. If the government hikes the gas tax — which most European nations already do — people will naturally gravitate towards cars that don’t cost them an arm and a leg at the gas pump. GM already has the best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt, [3]and one of the most fuel efficient and best selling compact car on the market right now — the Chevy Cruze.

Though the Federal tax on gas is only 18.4 cents a gallon right now, Akerson said he will not be pushing this idea through to Congress officially — though he would completely support it if it came to fruition. “As a company, we understand that’s a decision that resides with Congress and policymakers,” he said. Paul Ballew, who is the chief economist at insurer Nationwide — he used to be a director of sales analysis at GM — said that this idea is a popular one in the auto industry [2] even though it’s not talked about often. He added, however, that it’s not likely to become a reality, “they’re not going to get it though, because that would take a lot of sanity in Washington and we’re not going to see that,” he said.

Via Money [4]


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[1] Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110607/AUTO01/106070368/GM-s-Akerson-pushing-for-higher-gas-taxes

[2] fuel efficient vehicles: http://inhabitat.com/automotive

[3] Chevy Volt, : http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=chevy+volt

[4] Money: http://money.cnn.com/2011/06/07/news/companies/gm_gas_tax_hike/?section=money_latest

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