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Cars and Global Warming: 5 Ways Climate Change May Drive New Gas Taxes

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 03:27 PM

Carbon dioxide or CO2 emissions into the atmosphere from gas-powered cars may contribute to the greenhouse effects of global warming. New taxes on vehicles that use fossil fuels is one way to deal with the damage being done.

Here are five ways climate change may lead to new gas taxes to offset economical and environmental costs:

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New gas taxes would discourage the use of fossil fuels, according to climate change activists. Gas prices can fluctuate. During phases when gas is cheap because the worldwide oil price drops, motorists tend to buy gas-guzzling vehicles or use them more often. According to Scientific American, a carbon tax or fee on carbon emissions would raise the price of gas and encourage drivers to adopt fuel-efficient practices. Taxes could help defray health costs of a dirty environment while energy producers would focus on alternative sources and cleaner production.

2. State-sponsored gas tax hikes are already in effect or being considered throughout the country. According to The Sacramento Bee, California has a cap-and-trade program, a fee for fuel wholesalers who are given a certain allowance on fuel emissions. If they exceed their limit, they pay for more credits or they find ways to reduce their carbon emissions. The program aims to slightly decrease the amount of allowable carbon emitted each year. A carbon tax on oil and natural gas to power cars and heat homes is being considered in Massachusetts.

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The federal gas tax hasn't increased for two decades while the global warming alarm has intensified. Support for raising the federal tax strengthens when gas prices begin to dramatically fall as they did in late 2014. Consumers don't necessarily notice a tax hike when gas is cheap, reports Scientific American. The tax could pay for the effects of climate change. When gas prices go up again, they would drive less to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

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The crumbing infrastructure throughout the country could be relieved through new gas taxes, according to Scientific American. Roads, bridges and tunnels are often paid for through taxation. These means of transportation have deteriorated significantly in the years since the last federal tax increase. State and local governments could also convince people that gas taxes help restore the regional and nationwide infrastructure.

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National opinion matters in the idea to drive new gas taxes. As motorists become more concerned about car pollutants and the need to seek alternative energy sources, they may be willing to pay a little extra to improve the environment. They may also be influenced by politicians and well-known commentators who concede that gas tax hikes would play a role in reducing carbon emissions and global warming effects while finding methods of cleaner energy, reports AIP Scitation.

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