IMHO, CAFE is a good example of bad policy. It "solves" a fairly simple problem (poor average fuel economy) in an overly complex way.
Marc Kurth said:
I do agree that the CAFE standards program was very poorly designed and implemented, and has actually been a negative, overall.Higher taxation on fuel would be a regressive approach that hurts lower income earners disproportionately. Lower income folks would immediately feel most of the pain. The people who can least shoulder the load, would take the hit first. This same negative impact would next move up the food chain to small businesses - another group who is forced to absorb the cost while waiting for the industry to react. Importantly, in my view: Forcing changes in consumer behavior via artificial taxation is simply a form of social engineering, which should NEVER, EVER be a function of our Constitutional Republic form of Government, at least in the USA. Marc
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Marc Kurth said:
I do agree that the CAFE standards program was very poorly designed and implemented, and has actually been a negative, overall.
“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.
“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”
And now the thing is not to wait at the junkyard for a wrecked EV to salvage the battery, just burgle the battery on the street !https://www.autoblog.com/2019/08/27/toyota-prius-battery-thieves/