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Op-ed column: Government at all levels can — should — take steps to help with gas crunch

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I’m as mad about high gas prices as the next guy, but what I’m really mad about is the fact that this is a problem we created for ourselves and are doing virtually nothing to solve. And solving it would involve so little sacrifice. I’m not talking about everyone trading in their gas-guzzling SUVs and pick-up trucks for fuel-efficient hybrids. Given the state of the economy, I realize few people could afford such a drastic ...


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davidgiacalone
May 1, 2008
8:37 a.m.

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Many thanks for this column, Joe. On April 23rd, I complained in a lengthy posting at my website (with lots of links and info on efficient driving) that both Government and the media have ignored reducing speed as an important tool for fuel consumption.

See http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/ethicalesq/...

After pledging to drive the speed limit on all highways and to work to bring back 55 mph as the speed limit, I wrote last week: "Since far too few drivers are likely to regulate themselves and slow down without an incentive, the first step is obvious (and easy): Our Governors and law enforcement officials need to bite the bullet and declare that – oh-my-god! — we’re going to enforce the speed limit; and then they need to do it. Filling depleted state coffers with the speeding fines will just be an added bonus — and should cover the extra cost of diligent, deterrent, habit-shaping enforcement."

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