As a lifelong Washington State resident I strongly echo MichealG’s complaint about us having the highest gasoline fuel taxes in the USofA!
Now a full 1/3rd of the pump price we pay. On top of our mandated much more expensive to make California standards; Reformulated-Clean-Air gasoline’s.
Sure. Sure. In relationship to those who are paying 2/3rds pump price in different “consumer”, “social-responsibility” (social) Value Added tax’s is seems we still have great deal.
We grump because we are Americans. Meaning the distilled out individual Insistent of a worldwide skim for the most cantankerous of Insistent’s. In the last very contentious national elections cycle a TV news blurb re-broadcast was of two new citizens with still accents. Two Russian-American gals street interviewed from Las Vegas. “Here in America, we work. we are fair paid, and GET TO KEEP OUR MONEY”.
49.4 cents of that state gasoline tax is supposed to be dedicated to roads and maintenance. Surprise. Surprise, how often that funds get diverted to other social programs. Not building replacement bridges, like the old, old OR/WA I-5 spans. Then our needs-more money legislatures have snuck in additional “for-the-roads” taxes like the decades of hated vehicle ownership per year excise tax. With them deciding the declining vehicle base values to be re-taxed over and over throughout that vehicles ownership…
Now we have a new in Washington state social-progressive-approved additional 50 cents per gallon tax to build our states portion of the west coast electric vehicle charging stations “hi-way”.
With state tax credits to business’s who will install electric car free-for-use charging stations.
Now even every Wal-Mart down here has free-for-use electric vehicle charging stations. Most all cities, counties, public buildings have free-for-use electric vehicle charging stations. Shopping Malls. Tourist magnet stops.
I see $70,000+ Teslas here now routinely. $50,000 Chevy Volts are common to see here now too. Ha! The now considered, ho-hum “only” $30,000 Nissan Leaf’s are falling out of popularity/use here now.
So . . . if you could convince “the People” (all who are running out “reduce, reuse, recycle” older gasoline vehicles) to buy for you ALL of your personal use transportation energy I’d bet most would step right up and free-energy slurp too.
What Future: a honey-pot that cannot sustain, eh? Pooh-bear thinking.
Free fuel-wood . . . ain’t. All wood-use takes sweating and slivers getting. That is what makes it Real. That is what makes it forward-going, Relevant. That is what makes it the truely only everyman-his-own-king, fuel.
“Plant and grow your own fuel-wood trees! Now.” Doug Williams
tree-farmer Steve unruh