The writer is a former auto dealer who sold Buick, Nissan, Volkswagen and Subaru vehicles.
To the Editor:
The Jan. 9 editorial, "Ethanol isn't the answer; picking winners never is," said that the federal government shouldn't pick winners and losers but that it's OK for it to raise fuel taxes to reduce demand.
Why do we want to reduce demand? Reduction in demand has more implications than just less petroleum use.
Higher gasoline prices would mean that people would have less buying power for other things. Higher prices hurt the lowest income families the most. Higher fuel prices raise costs for any goods that need to be transported using petroleum -- just about everything.
Less use of petroleum has limited benefits, if any, until truly cost-effective alternatives can be found.
And higher fuel prices would do nothing to foster technologies that will eventually come up with alternative energy sources.
Raising fuel taxes is just another way of trying to pick winners and losers. The consumer and the overall economy will be the real losers if we take that route.