This is an important step forward toward energy independence for the United States," said AJCongress Energy Task Force Chairman Jack Halpern.
"While US auto companies have made many mistakes in the last 20 years, they are right about one thing: disincentives to drive such as higher taxes on gasoline, or Manhattan driving charges, are a far more effective policy instrument than higher CAFE standards.
Disincentives work immediately and don't result in forcing the auto manufacturers to build cars that few people want.
Rather, with disincentives, people will decide to take mass transit and actually want smaller and more efficient cars.
The only improvement we might add is that cars getting over 40 miles per gallon, or capable of running on alternative fuels, be subject to a far smaller Manhattan driving charge.
The best example would be no charge at all for cars capable of running on alternative fuels made in part from New York City's own garbage, such as P-Series
, a Department of Energy
approved alternative fuel," said Halpern