The Oregonian – Pick up the pace on fuel conservation

An editorial in yesterday’s Oregonian discusses the seemingly unwillingness of Congress to do anything for oil conservation. Here’s an idea from Sen Gordon Smith (R-Ore) to create “feebates” in which the government would either offer a rebate for fuel efficient vehicles or would charge a surcharge for gas guzzlers. Not a new idea, that’s for sure, but one that would provide an incentive for people to buy fuel efficient cars, while not penalizing people for previous decisions to buy a car that didn’t get such great mileage, which is what would happen with an increase in gasoline taxes as a way to supress consumption.

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