According to an article in the National Center for Policy Analysis, "Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has declared that he wants to 'coerce people out of their cars.'"
This would explain two proposals that, given the financial difficulties faced by auto manufacturers, were previously inexplicable: increasing CAFE standards, and taxing miles traveled (as well as likely keeping the existing tax on gasoline).
Increased CAFE standards forces auto manufacturers to spend much more in research and development, which, in turn, raises prices on new cars. Given the built-in breakdown factor, that will more than likely put new cars out of the reach of many American families who carry debt, and some that don't.
And if that isn't enough, the government proposes to tax miles traveled, tracking your road usage with a GPS device in your car that reports how many miles you've driven between fill-ups, and you'll get a bill in the mail from Big Brother--er, the United States government.
The secretary of transportation says he wants people to use more public transportation to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Umm...newsflash, dipshit: public transportation only works in highly urbanized, high population density areas. Like Europe. And the United States is nothing like Europe.
Added up, I doubt this is an attempt to control enviornmental impact so much as it is an attempt to control the citizenry of the United States, by controlling their travel. I don't think it'll work out like they hope--it really isn't hard to get around computer programming, and we the people are citizens who do not appreciate government interference, rather than serfs that are subject to government control.
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