This is quite the interesting bit of logic:
Eliminating the federal tax, about 18 cents a gallon, would encourage more driving, putting added pressure on supplies, and driving the underlying price of gasoline higher. Since gasoline taxes go to pay for rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges, this is probably not a good time to do away with them.
And making gas cheaper will only postpone progress toward developing alternative ways of fueling cars. Better to just give everyone a tax rebate (coming soon to a mailbox near you) to help ease the pain at the pump.
Do you see the flaw in reasoning?
Ok, so I have a Dodge Caravan SE that has a 20 gallon tank. The government goes out and lowers the cost by 18 cents a gallon. That means that what I save on a total tank full is… $3.60. Or a difference between paying $75 and $71.40.
See it now? I’m not likely to change my driving habits simply to save $3.60. Cutting the federal tax on gas is a band-aid to be sure, but it won’t make people, all of a sudden, feel encouraged to do more driving. What it would do is take a little bit of the sting out of the price for those that are commuting long distances to work.
Now, have the discussion about whether to not people should live closer to work– a valid discussion indeed. Talk about mass transit. Don’t talk about ethanol– that’s just plain ridiculous when there are food shortages because we’re using food for fuel. Talk about drilling in ANWR. Why in the world are we trying to increase our dependence on Saudi Arabia, Senator Schumer, by asking them to give us more gas when we have plenty right here in America?!
But don’t talk about how $3.60 on a full tank of gas is going to somehow magically encourage me to take more road trips. My trips are planned and I budget for the gas as well, but the trips are going to happen or not happen regardless.