Sunday , April 15, 2018 - 6:00 AM
I am writing regarding the editorial you republished from the Chicago Tribune, “We can clean up the air without tougher fuel economy standards.”
The day the Standard-Examiner carried this editorial was April 7, 2018 – not April Fool’s Day. Maybe it appeared in Chicago’s Tribune on April Fool’s Day? I would hope so, because the article proposes a sleight-of-hand fool’s solution to reducing emissions and averting global warming.
So, in the fool’s spirit, allow me to make a few observations.
The editorial begins with a torrent of words, pooh-poohing the high-fuel-economy approach to cleaner air. Then at the very end, it comes out with a brilliant but often misunderstood idea, saying that slapping on a carbon tax will reduce fuel consumption because gas will be more expensive. And, to top it off, so to speak, they say that, and I paraphrase, “if you prefer your gas-guzzling SUV, you should pay more for every gallon.”
Brilliant! Does that mean that the government keeps track who owns a gas-guzzler, and how much mileage each one gets? When a vehicle gets older and gets fewer miles per gallon,will the gas tax go up accordingly? This would create massive jobs for bureaucrats! Maybe the Russians and the Chinese would copy this idea, which would tank their economies.
But seriously now, higher fuel efficiency has proven to reduce fuel consumption and has improved the quality of the air we all breathe. Cars on the road today are much cleaner than just a few years ago. Our air is better.
Given a choice of dirty or cleaner cars, consumers prefer cleaner cars.
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