Skip to comments.GM CEO calls for $1 gas tax hike
Posted on 06/07/2011 12:24:15 PM PDT by NoLibZone
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said his company and his industry would be helped, not hurt, if consumers paid higher gas taxes.
In an interview published in Tuesday's Detroit News, Akerson floated the idea of a $1 a gallon increase in the gas tax as a way to encourage buyers to purchase smaller, more fuel efficient cars. Greg Martin, spokesman for GM's Washington office, confirmed that the quotes reflect Akerson's and GM's view.
Akerson said he would support a jump in the gas tax if it came instead of tighter fuel economy regulations that GM (GM, Fortune 500) and other automakers will have to meet in coming years. By the year 2025, automakers could be forced to hit fuel economy averages of as much as 62 mpg.
Akerson said that a higher gas tax, including an immediate 50-cent-a-gallon increase to take advantage of recent declines in gas prices, would probably make some of his Republican friends "puke." But he said it would do more to help the environment than the pending fuel economy rules.
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Never. Never again, as long as I live.
I’m so old that I remember when higher gas prices evoked cries that Bush and his cronies were the reason for highway robberey.
Now, higher gas prices are a great and happy thing.
Boycott Government Motors.
GM must die.
“Please buy my overpriced Volt....or bad things will happen.”
He is openly advocating theft. Lock him up.
He's got a point there. The higher gas taxes would be bad. The fuel economy rules are worse. Neither are good “solutions” — because the problem is mainly imaginary.
Dan Akerson said his company and his industry would be helped, not hurt, if consumers paid higher gas taxes...
Why not a 10 dollar increase then?
Yeah, screw the citizens, but its good for GM!
Boycott Government Motors.
But will Sean and other conservative talk show host stop blathering on and on about how much they love their $60,000+ GM products?
NO, they will continue to try to talk us into buying one.
It’s so cute when socialists start imitating each others’ behavior.
When you are beholding to Obama, you do as he tells you.
Around Cincinnati, the word on the street is that the Chevy dealers are “buying” the Volts in their inventory to collect the $7,500 incentive and then dumping them on the used car lots for consumers to buy.
Never again will I own a GM automobile.
I’d eat worms before I would buy another GM... for as long as I live... and all of my life I have been a GM ONLY man. Never again.
Boycott GM. my moms caddy is 14 years old, wife’s suburban is 7 and we will never venture near a dealership of theirs again. I’m going to start sending their flyers and mail back with. “ Sorry I’m saving my money for the upcoming gas tax that your CEO wants me to pay”.
We should all do that with ever piece of junk mail they send out.
I will NEVER buy a GM product. This CEO needs fired.
This is a great idea, if you’re deaf, dumb and blind.
Good Lord, this man is crackers.
“When you are beholding to Obama, you do as he tells you.”
Very true. This goof is the CEO of nothing. He takes orders.