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Monday, February 18, 2013
Roadshow: Are high gas prices worth the trade-off for clean air?
Q To the
silence of mass media and our elected officials, gas prices have been
rocketing up the past few weeks. In Fremont, the price for regular gas
increased 42 cents in just 14 days at an Arco station. Many stations are
either at or closing in on the $4 price tag. Amazingly (not really),
there is not even "fake" outrage from our elected officials about the
oil companies hurting middle-class families by raising prices for no
apparent reason. Or are the higher prices our punishment for the
California and Obama "green" agenda?
What do you think?
Our high prices can indeed be linked to our special blend of
clean-burning fuel we've been using for about 15 years, since we cannot
import that blend from other states. But after seeing TV broadcasts of
the awful smog in China and in Salt Lake City, many have no problems
with our type of fuel -- especially when they can see the eastern
foothills that too often were blocked by valley smog when we moved here
Oil companies now keep just
enough supplies to meet demand, and when refineries go down for whatever
reason, our prices soar. Do I like it? No. Do I like clean air? Most
Here is something else to consider.
Q This is a response to Jeffrey Novick's comments recently regarding charging electric/high-mileage
car owners more for registration "and leave everybody else alone" to make up for the loss in gas tax revenue.
find it interesting that Novick's proposal ran in the same edition of
the Mercury News as the lead article on the Bay Area's high rate of
hospitalization for children's asthma as a result of air pollution, etc.
Charging a higher registration fee to owners of electric/high-mileage
cars to make up for the loss in gas tax revenue is counterintuitive and
counterproductive to national and state goals of reducing oil use and
As the owner of two older petroleum-burning
vehicles (gas and diesel), I would be willing to pay a bit more in taxes
at the pump to make up for lost revenue, but only if those moneys went
solely to improve and maintain our roads.
Too often as gas prices soar above $4 a gallon, we tend to overlook the
benefits of the more expensive fuel that you point out.
Q I find
it amusing reading the comments about gas prices. Gas should be priced
at what people are willing to pay. That is what capitalism is all about.
Is this good? Not necessarily, but it is what we have. I never complain
about gas prices.