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Letter: Don’t punish those practicing conservation

Quite a few years ago we endured long lines at gas stations. We tried to reduce our fuel consumption by lowering speed limits and purchasing more fuel-efficient cars. Apparently this attempt was futile, as now speed limits are on the rise (present limits are unenforced) and as a reward for our efficiency new fuel taxes are proposed to offset less demand for gas.

I just don’t get it. If funding for highway maintenance is coming up short, why shouldn’t all highway users pay a registration fee? How about bicyclists? No fuel burned but they use the roads, and, like some motorists, not all observe the rules of the road (riding three abreast is really dangerous). No easy fixes, but there has to be more consideration given to those of us who still practice energy conservation.



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