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Which State Pays Most In Gas Taxes?

29 April 2013

Former GM exec Bob Lutz acknowledged that Americans wouldn’t embrace an increase to the federal gas tax – and he was right. There was a lot of reaction to my piece yesterday on Lutz’ recommendation that the federal gas tax be raised in 25 cent increments until gas prices reached $6 or $7 per gallon […]

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Former GM Exec Bob Lutz Suggests Higher Gas Taxes Would Help Americans

27 April 2013

Americans are addicted to gasoline, according to retired General Motors Vice Chairman Robert A. Lutz, and there’s only one cure: higher gas taxes. Lutz, who held positions at GM, BMW, Ford and Chrysler before returning to GM in 2001 spoke to a crowd earlier this month at the SAE (Society of Automobile Engineers) 2013 World […]

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Will BP Arrest Change Taxpayer Sentiment About BP’s Billion Dollar Losses?

26 April 2012

There are some moments that you remember with perfect clarity. For me, it was the day that my daughter asked me why the birds couldn’t breathe. That day was in June 2010, a month and a half after the April 20 blowout on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. My oldest daughter, now […]

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Obama Rejects Pipeline Tied to Payroll Tax Cut Deal

8 December 2011

It is, in fact, true that the Republicans are moving ahead with plans to tack on the Keystone XL pipeline as part of a package to extend the payroll tax cuts for next year. It is equally true that President Obama is not happy about this turn of events and has threatened to block any […]

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Who Stole the Green Movement?

15 November 2011

Today, more than 500 elementary school students in our local public school hauled recyclable bags filled with more recyclable plastic bags to school to mark America Recycles Day. Our green clubs are counting the bags – we already know that one kindergarten class brought in nearly 2000 – and putting them aside to reuse (for […]

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Heat Wave Sweeps U.S., Reminds Taxpayers of Value of Energy Credits

21 July 2011

Man, it’s hot. It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot. – Matthew Broderick as Eugene Morris Jerome in Biloxi Blues And I’m in Philadelphia. There’s an enormous heat wave stretching across the country right now. Some form of heat advisory, heat warning, or heat watch has been issued for the nearly […]

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Commuters Win With Cycling Fringe Benefits

5 June 2011

Today marked the 27th running of the TD Bank Philadelphia Men’s International Cycling Championship, the longest running single-day cycling road race in the United States. I happen to live pretty close to the most (in)famous part of the race, the Manayunk Wall. It’s a half-mile climb at a steep 17% grade and the cyclists have […]

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Big Oil Tax Breaks Continue After Procedural Vote

18 May 2011

I said it would be a tough vote and it was: the Senate voted this week to block a proposal to curb tax breaks for big oil. The Democratic effort to launch S.B. 940, known as the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, would have ended tax breaks for the top five most profitable oil […]

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National Park Week In Full Swing

22 April 2011

A friend of mine recently bought a popup camper and my husband is beyond envious. He has dreams of cramming all of us into an Airstream camper and driving cross country, checking out a host of national parks along the way. I am not totally averse to all parts of this plan since I happen […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

18 November 2010

Tonight, our temperature is slated to drop into the 30s. In fact, it’s supposed to start doing that on a pretty regular basis, something I imagine my mom is thrilled about as she packs to come visit me for Thanksgiving. She just loves the cold (insert hysterical laughter here). We live in a 19th century […]

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