• President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy DoD)

    The federal gas tax, which was supposed to pay for repairs and expansion to roads maintained or funded by the national government, now does nothing of the kind. Congress last raised the U.S. federal gas tax a quarter of a century ago in 1993, to the 18.5-cents-per-gallon level it remains at today. Diesel fuel is taxed at 24.4 cents per gallon. Every state in the U.S. now receives more road funding from the federal government than it sends to D.C. in gasoline taxes, but the cumulative deficit in road-repair funds has risen to several hundred billion dollars. DON'T MISS: Gas tax should rise 25...

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    White House designates 48 electric-car charging corridors on U.S. highways

    The White House today announced a range of actions intended to stimulate and speed up the deployment of zero-emission electric vehicles in the U.S. It took these actions, it said, as part of its efforts to "combat climate change, increase access to clean-energy technologies, and reduce our...

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    Electric-Car Drivers Don't Pay Their Share? Actually, No One Does

    Gas taxes and tolls don't come close to covering the cost of roads, a new report finds.

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    Fuel Efficiency Hurts: Gas Tax Revenue Plummets, Roads Crumble

    Cars with higher gas mileage pay less per mile in gasoline tax. And plug-in cars pay no gas tax at all. With far tougher fuel economy standards looming--34.1 mpg by 2016 and no less than 54.5 mpg by 2025, assuming final rules are issued by the NHTSA and EPA--the problem is only getting worse. $400...

  • Public Charging Station for electric cars, courtesy Mitsubishi Motors
    Washington State Pioneers Electric-Car Scenic Tourism Route

    The Pacific Northwest is a remarkably scenic corner of the continental United States. The striking coastal ranges of Washington and Oregon offer dramatic vistas, temperature (if often damp) weather, and dozens of outdoor activities within a few hours' drive. Now those drives can be done in electric...

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