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Gas station in Seattle on March 11, 2022. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Would gas tax breaks make a big difference when prices are skyrocketing? We asked 4 experts

Consumers are feeling pain at the pump and demanding solutions. Some politicians are pushing gasoline tax waivers – but that means less money to fix roads, and often not much economic relief.
Self-driving cars could lead to increased traffic and pollution if they spur more travel by car. Witthaya Prasongsin via Getty Images

Driverless cars won’t be good for the environment if they lead to more auto use

Studies show that when people can ride in a car without having to operate it, they increase their car use. That could increase traffic and pollution, unless government puts a price on car travel.
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Explainer: How South Africa’s petrol price is set

South Africa hasn’t achieved its policy objective of deregulating the fuel price because vested interests have opposed this, and the government doesn’t have the political will to implement the policy.
The Australian system allows for fuel excise exemptions for off-road usage by the mining industry and by primary producers. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Estimating the ‘cost’ of fuel tax credits is a tricky business

Critics of Australia’s fuel tax credits system have pointed to its impact on the budget bottom line, but calculating that cost is far from straightforward.
A White House proposal to tax crude oil would address the U.S.‘s perennially underfunded highway maintenance program. scottummy/flickr

How should America fund its highways in the 21st century?

Obama’s proposal to add $10 tax to crude oil raises the thorny question of whether the U.S. can continue to fund its highway infrastructure with a fuel tax that hasn’t changed since 1993.

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