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Tax My Gas, Please!

Petition published by Ken Lin on May 08, 2008
3 Signatures 
Target: US Government, US State Governments, Other Oil Importing Country Government

Petition Background (Preamble):

OPEC thinks that because our economies are built around oil, the demand for oil is elastic there they can control the supply side and therefore control the oil price. We will show them that we have the motivation and strength to break our addiction and we will.

We will ally ourselves with other oil importing countries all over the globe to form OPIC(Organization of Petroleum Importing Countries). We will collectively levy an anti-cartel sales tax of 30% or more on gas at the pump. Some of our potential allies already do so, like the EU. While others, like China and India, has oil policy similar to USA; they should be persuaded for their own interest to join OPIC and control their burgeoning hunger for oil.

For a short time, the gasoline price will go up to $5-$6. But in the long term, taxing gas may ironically help gas price come down, by reducing demand and by stimulating the development of gas alternatives. In addition, the high gas tax policy has the added benefit of modulating the wild swing of gasoline prices, reducing speculation on oil prices, and hence reduce devastating effect of oil price swing on business planning and investment.

The revenue from 30%+ gas at more than $150 billion a year can be spent for any or all of following:
1. investment in alternative energy R/D and infrastructure
2. development of public transportation and energy conservation efforts
3. alleviate the gas tax's disproportionate effect on working class by giving back as tax rebate, not tied to gas, but free to spend on any thing.
4. reduce budget deficit and strenthen the dollar

This policy will likely have the best effect on oil price, if applied in conjunction with other OPIC countries. However individual state governments and countries can still go it alone and spearhead the implementation. In fact EU countries have long adopted a high gas tax policy and used the revenue to support public transportation and education, and today are leaders in many areas of renewable energy.

Petition:

OPEC thinks that because our economies are built around oil, the demand for oil is elastic there they can control the supply side and therefore control the oil price.

We will show them that we have the motivation and strength to break our addiction and we will.

We will ally ourselves with other oil importing countries all over the globe to form OPIC(Organization of Petroleum Importing Countries). We will collectively levy an anti-cartel sales tax of 30% or more on gas at the pump. Some of our potential allies already do so, like the EU. While others, like China and India, has oil policy similar to USA; they should be persuaded for their own interest to join OPIC and control their burgeoning hunger for oil.

For a short time, the gasoline price will go up to $5-$6. But in the long term, taxing gas may ironically help gas price come down, by reducing demand and by stimulating the development of gas alternatives. In addition, the high gas tax policy has the added benefit of modulating the wild swing of gasoline prices, reducing speculation on oil prices, and hence reduce devastating effect of oil price swing on business planning and investment.

The revenue from 30%+ gas at more than $150 billion a year can be spent for any or all of following:
1. investment in alternative energy R/D and infrastructure
2. development of public transportation and energy conservation efforts
3. alleviate the gas tax's disproportionate effect on working class by giving back as tax rebate, not tied to gas, but free to spend on any thing.
4. reduce budget deficit and strenthen the dollar

This policy will likely have the best effect on oil price, if applied in conjunction with other OPIC countries. However individual state governments and countries can still go it alone and spearhead the implementation. In fact EU countries have long adopted a high gas tax policy and used the revenue to support public transportation and education, and today are leaders in many areas of renewable energy.

Therefore, We, the undersigned, call on the Governments of US, China, Japan, India, EU and other petroleum importing countries and/or local states and legislatures to form an Organization of Petroleum Importing Countries (OPIC) to coordinate our gas taxation policy, in a manner as to lessen our dependence on gasoline, to lessen OPEC's control over petroleum pricing, and to increase our investment in alternative energy and energy conservation.

In short, we call on the above governments to act in our true interest, to increase gas tax, and use the revenue to support energy conservation, alternative energy or other worthy causes like education and tax rebate for working class.

This is the only way we can wean of oil, not by subsidizing gas, not by going into wars, not by spending billions to build bases all over the MiddleEast, but to ask us to sacrifice, so that one day we may truly be free of an illegal cartel (the OPEC), of terrorism funded by oil money, of global warming and of world hunger.

The Tax My Gas, Please! petition to US Government, US State Governments, Other Oil Importing Country Government was written by Ken Lin and is in the category Government at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: , , , , , ,

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