Sunday, July 08, 2007

Dingell proposes 50 cent gas tax increase

This is the latest from The Hill

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) will propose a new carbon tax that would increase the gasoline tax by 50 cents, the lawmaker said in an interview on C-SPAN's ‘Newsmakers’ airing Sunday.

In the interview, Dingell acknowledged that voters may not be willing to bear the cost of limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and that he would propose the new tax “just to sort of see how people really feel about this.”

“I sincerely doubt that the American people are willing to pay what this is really going to cost them,” Dingell said in the interview.

Since 1955 Dingell has represented Dearborn, MI, home to Ford Motor Company’s headquarters. The Michigan lawmaker has said he will push legislation in the fall that would restrict carbon emissions from both automobiles and electric utilities.

In addition to raising the gasoline tax, Dingell’s new proposal would institute a “double digit” tax on each ton of carbon dioxide emitted.


This is a dangerous gamesmanship on Dingell's part. I think his intent is to tick people off here so people will pay attention to the anti American auto industry agenda of the democrat leadership (mostly from California). Unfortunately, I think this bill could pass whether Dingell really supports it or not.

2 comments:

keithr said...

One more example of the poor and middle class getting stabbed in the backs by Democrats. This tax won't make hypocritical rich Democrats like Al Gore and the Hollywood elite give up their hedonistic lifestyles where they each produce as much carbon in a year as thousands of average Americans do. But it will force average Americans to make even more sacrifices in their daily lives.

Good going Democrats.

I just hope that President Bush has the sense to veto such an obviously bad bill should it reach his desk.

erickryan said...

"I think his intent is to tick people off here so people will pay attention to the anti American auto industry agenda of the democrat leadership (mostly from California)."

One thought I've had with this is to wonder if the California delegation actually is trying to sabotage the "domestic" auto industry. I have to think it's more than coincidence that the North American HQ of Toyota and Mitsubishi are based in California. (Nissan used to be until last year.)

Is this just an example of pols trying to hurt the competition of the home-state companies? Wouldn't the Japanese brands benefit if Detroit automakers were forced to cut down on the big cars and trucks they build?

I don't have much evidence for this and of course there are true-believing enviro types, but it's worth thinking about. It would explain why staunch Dem Dingell is up against his fellow party members from California besides the usual blue-collar Dem/affluent liberal split in the party.