To the Editor:
I cannot let James B. Treece's comments in the Aug. 30 issue pass without offering mine ("Why a carbon tax makes sense now").
Taxing every taxpaying citizen or business only to pay an incentive of $7,500 to every buyer of an electric vehicle or such is terribly unfair to those who cannot or will not take the bait. We are all then further taxed as those little leeches make use of all the roads and highways that are, at least in theory, funded by motor fuel taxes. Motor fuel taxes themselves are a user fee in disguise, albeit in a form that has been accepted for decades.
If alternative-fuel vehicles make good sense, smart people will buy them in sufficient quantity to establish a sound business plan for them.
I resent being made to look stupid by a government that taxes me to create a market for otherwise foolish devices. In the worst cases, those vehicles are purchased by government entities, so we taxpayers get a double whammy or worse.
I can't see taxation as a good behavior-modification strategy. The results are seldom in line with the intent.
Try as I might, I can't find fiscal responsibility in any of this.