California’s drought continues as the price of gas hits record lows. Hope for a drought-changing rainy season is drying up as the calendar advances another month. The nation’s conservative Senate concluded debate on the Keystone pipeline, the legislation going to the president for a veto.
A real energy debate has yet to happen in this country. Any thought we can maintain a fossil-fuel based economy should be abandoned. Continued lower gas prices bring back our old wasteful habits driving the demand for gas ever higher.
Now is the time for a national gas tax. The money generated will rebuild America’s infrastructure and catapult the country into the 21st century.
Why not add 50 cents to the low price we pay today; the billions in revenue will build a new power grid, fix our roads and bridges, provide low cost internet for everyone (at $50 per ISP/month, the 50-cent tax will pay for itself).
While we’re at it, why not build a useful pipeline from the East Coast to the West Coast so we can have some of their excess water? We might as well build something that will benefit the country instead of a few fat cat oil barons.