Fuel Technology Poll Results

Poll on Fuel

The results of my poll on fuel technologies were pretty interesting. Like I thought, the answers were pretty scattered. (There were only 9 answers, but I can live with that.) In general, the predilection was towards centralization - the creation of a solid infrastructure for one technology, a focus on a single method which can then be made massively ecological.

View results.

Personally, I'm still of two minds - I can certainly see the advantages of mass production and centralization, but I also feel that one of the essential causes of over use of resources is the tendency to focus on economical production. Mass production leads to over use. So, perhaps, despite the complications inherent, it would be better to diversify our ecological sustainability by pursuing many different fuel solutions. But, I'm not sure.

At any rate, the next poll continues to deal with fuel issues. This time, I'm addressing the question of fuel taxation. Gasoline is taxed in most states, but the wide variety of taxes are pretty complicated. The federal gas tax is currently 18.4 cpg, but this is a pretty generic tax - largely pays for highway improvements and maintenance, as far as I know.

So, the question is this: If state or federal governments were to institute a tax dedicated to environmental restitution on fuel, what would you be willing to pay?

Updated by Joe Dolson on 24 August, 2009

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