TO THE EDITOR:
I thought Keith Crain’s column “Who gets to choose?” (Sept. 25) provided an important perspective for those who think that electric vehicles are a Utopian solution.
I’m sure these folks will dismiss these problems out of hand.
His point about disappearing gasoline tax revenues as internal combustion engines are replaced is telling. But as a California resident, I have no problem believing that tax-and-spend legislators and governors will have no problem developing replacement tax schemes. In fact, a few years ago, there was discussion — actually complaints — here that gasoline tax revenues were falling due to increased fuel efficiency. The proposed solution was a miles-traveled tax.
Monitoring everyone’s annual mileage would surely be an interesting process. That idea faded away. Our fine leaders just increased a handful of other taxes. And our roads are truly falling apart now.
By the way, much of our gasoline taxes are diverted from their intended use of maintaining and building roads to other, state-sponsored nonsense.
J. STEVE WELSTAND, Pinole, Calif., The writer, who is retired, worked for companies including Ford, Chrysler and Chevron.