April 9, 2006
Edward M. Hallowell, in his critique of America's "crazybusy" approach to life (Opinion, March 31), suggests that one reason we speed through our lives is avoidance of pain: "Being crazybusy leaves no time to worry about ... global warming, AIDS, the nuclear threat, terrorism and other Big Horrible Problems I Can't Do Anything About." Interestingly, Americans' ceaseless rush is doing something about one of the largest of these problems, global warming. We could reduce fuel costs, accidents, energy imports and the emissions of global-warming carbon dioxide from cars by simply slowing down a little and exercising a light foot when pressing the accelerator.
April 7, 2008
Re "London's levy for sins of emission," Column One, and "States sue over emissions curbs," April 3 While California and other states are busy suing the Environmental Protection Agency over emission standards, the British government has found a simpler solution: a tax on high-emission vehicles. California should follow London's example and add a couple of thousand dollars (or more) tax on every new car or SUV that falls below a certain miles-per-gallon standard. Make it a graduated tax -- the less the mileage, the more the tax. Then use the money collected to subsidize the purchase price of cars that get really good mileage.
September 2, 1990
It is probably true President Bush can operate effectively from Kennebunkport. Notwithstanding, once the call up for reserves was made, I found it insensitive, even cruel, for the President to continue his vacation while 50,000 men and women reservists had their lives disrupted by the call. They left their jobs, their families, their homes--yes, even their vacations. Meanwhile, the President, apparently wanting it that way, continued to be seen playing golf, riding around in his gas-guzzling boat and making it clear he wasn't going to become a "captive of the White House."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1991
I was outraged to read in the paper (Feb. 9) that President Bush is not encouraging stiffer standards for gasoline consumption for automobiles, but instead is allowing automobile manufacturers to continue to produce gas-guzzling, smog-producing cars. Living in the Los Angeles area, we are forced to live in a cloud of smog most of the time, which can only be diminished by reducing the sources of pollution, among them the gasoline consumption of cars. We must require the auto manufacturers to produce more fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.
September 19, 1990 |
A top Bush Administration energy official urged the American public this morning to save one gallon of gasoline a week, saying that effort would be "more than enough" to compensate for the Persian Gulf oil cut off by Iraq. Assistant Energy Secretary Michael Davis said the political crisis in the Middle East has not created an energy crisis.
April 12, 1992 |
Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis slapped an extra tax on gas-guzzling cars and gave a tax credit on cars that get good gasoline mileage. It is believed to be the first state in the nation to approve such measures. The legislators also voted to raise the state gasoline tax by a nickel a gallon as part of $120 million in new funding for transportation projects. Gov. William Donald Schaefer later signed the bill.
November 21, 2004
In "China Barrels Ahead in Oil Market" (Nov. 14), which outlines the enormous pressure that developing countries are going to put on future oil supplies, a short paragraph mentioned that China was launching oil conservation programs, including "imposing fuel economy standards on new cars." China is smarter than we are. While U.S. auto companies continue to push enormous, gas- guzzling sport utility vehicles on a public that doesn't need them, China is taking intelligent steps toward energy efficiency.
January 16, 2005
Regarding "Governor's 'Vision' Is a Form of Myopia," Golden State, Jan. 10: May I remind Michael Hiltzik that what the government gives it must first take away. That's called a tax. Hiltzik neatly turned around the argument to suggest that not confiscating and redistributing income is a tax. Dan Minkoff Long Beach There is plenty of money out there to finance the state's needs, and more so. It means raising taxes on the most wealthy residents -- not by increasing income tax but by raising the state sales tax on luxury items such as BMWs, gas-guzzling SUVs, yachts and 60-inch flat-screen TVs. Steven Kaplan South Pasadena