Green Car Congress notes a bill that is being presented in Washington (the state) that, if passed, would set a passenger vehicle greenhouse gas excise tax.
|Proposed Passenger Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Excise Taxes|
|Fuel economy rating||Tax|
|≤ 10 mpg||$240|
|Taxes Based on Engine Displacement|
|4.0L or more||$240|
|3.0L to <>||$180|
|1.5L to <>||$200|
It's one of the first proposals of its kind, but it won't be the last. Like a gas tax, the idea is to pass payment off to those who are producing the most greenhouse gases. But then, why not just have a gas tax?
Proceeds of this tax would be used for the design, construction, and operations of transportation facilities and services that provide alternatives to the use of single-occupant vehicles and for programs that encourage the use of these facilities and services. Allowable uses of these revenues would include—but would not be limited to—transit, high-capacity transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and transportation demand management programs.Senate Bill 6923