[Vwdiesel] Diesel prices

Erik Lane eriklane at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 10:30:05 PDT 2008

>   Didn't we go over how many gallons in a barrel recently and
>  it all came down to the "greedy" oil companies making cents
>  per gallon in profit?  It's always made into some kind of "crime"
>  for the oil companies to make <$.05/gallon but there's no
>  outcry about the government "making" a quarter off every
>  gallon and that's just Federal.  Local makes roughly another
>  quarter.  They don't even do anything to create the product.
>  They do what they can to make it difficult in many cases.
>      Loren

Those taxes go to pay for the roads that we drive on. I think they're
too low. Here in Oregon I looked up the budget, and the gas taxes only
covered about 1/4 the cost of the roads. So the roads, even with the
road taxes, are heavily subsidized by the general populace. I don't
think that can be put in terms of the government "making" money off of
those who drive.

I'd love it if they could even add insurance into the taxes at the
pump so that everything you drove was automatically covered. (I've got
a couple vehicles I don't drive now that I would then.) It would take
care of the majority of uninsured drivers. And be extra incentive to
drive a smaller, more efficient vehicle. Yes, there are also
complications with that etc. I don't think it will ever happen.

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