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Gas Tax

April 21, 1988

In response to your editorial "The Case For Conservation" (April 17):

Your logic is irrefutable for increasing the U.S. gasoline tax--a 50-cent tax (less than in Europe) would bring in $50 billion that would pay for our oil trade deficit. But such an unpopular tax should not be expected until a national emergency occurs. A gasoline tax increase is still a political no-no, due to the vehement objections of two groups of voters--namely: those who buy gasoline, and those who sell it.

L.F. IVANHOE

Santa Barbara

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