DaveinOlyWA wrote:also, i find it difficult to believe that we have already forgotten 2008 when we had a rare drop in gasoline usage no doubt caused by gas hitting over $4 a gallon.
I vaguely recall something else that happened
around that time that might contribute somewhat to people buying less gasoline...
I support modestly higher gas prices, as I DO agree it leads to conservation in the long run - but you're nuts you honestly believe petroleum follows the classic principles of supply and demand. There just isn't any viable alternative for many people, and they're going to be buying it almost regardless of cost.
At least for now - as EVs become more popular, people will finally have a real alternative to petroleum. It's not going to be a fast transition, but each time gas prices creep up the "return on investment" and "affordability" arguments become less and less easy to swallow.
DaveinOlyWA wrote:increasing the cigarette tax was a VERY popular option and why should it not? as a country we are among the leaders in non smokers. increasing the gas tax wont be as popular, but it is just as vital for nearly all the same reasons the cigarette tax increase
I didn't want to get too deep into the cigarette analogy here... after all, tobacco is not a vital part of our industrial, commerce and transportation sectors while petroleum is. Jacking up the price of cigs only affects smokers, jacking up the price of gas affects even people who don't own a car. Creating effective policy here is like walking on rice paper
SkiTundra wrote:A purely economic sell will be difficult for EV's for some time to come. However, if the choice is between a Versa and Leaf and you tell me that economically the Leaf will cost me 3% more over the next 5 years, BUT it is quiet and quick, then I'll consider it.
What if I told you that, if you intend to lease with no buyout, the LEAF could actually cost you less?