Yup. And it's trendy/sexy thing to do is drive green cars and make tax incentives for them. So, when gasoline sales beginning declning (which they actually are now because so many people are buying more fuel efficient vehicles), tax revenue FALLs and now there are proposals passed around to tax people by the mile and use GPS to calculate a tax bill for the state. Oregon or Washington wanted to do that IIRC.
In some areas, the electric company is guaranteed x amount per year. So when people use less electricity for various reasons, such as trying to "go green," the price of electricity is increased so the company can make its guaranteed profit. Nice work if you can get it.
BTW, UK has huge taxes to discourage people from using gas. But has it's own oil. Remember BP? British Petroleum. How could one forget?
...I was paid off by the media to forget about it.
Also California gas is always going to be more expensive because we have the strictest rules for gasoline, so it burns cleaner than other states, mostly due to LA (not sure how long you've lived in California, but LA used to be extremely hazy back in the early 90's I believe, and then CARB did something about it, so it's much better now).
Because of our clean air requirements, we have the most expensive gas in the nation (usually..exempt from some local gas stations that think they can charge $5+ because there's no state law regulating it).
You know what I leanred from this thread? I was in the same city as ZM recently. That, and people in other countries are duped into paying more for gallons by using silly base ten mathmatical mesurements. It makes it look like less, but they get less. No wonder I don't drink tea.
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