Many in the Valley believe that the price of gas at the pump does not reflect its true cost (consider US military spending in the middle east, and the environmental costs of fossil fuels). In the US, gas is cheaper (at the pump) than in any other industrialized country. But a gas tax is also an inherently regressive tax (i.e., penalizing those who can least afford it the most). And a gas tax has an anti-rural bias too (we drive more). That’s similar to the Republican’s opposition. Can we follow the lead of the emerging local green jobs/social justice movement to reconcile these competing priorities that threaten to divide us along class lines?
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