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Say overnight 50% of the population switch to vehicles - some now available that are powered either by plug in electric sources - grid or not or derivable/distillable bio fuels - ala home winemaking kits.

We know how addicted govs are to fuels taxes at several levels.

What would gov do??//

Case in point

THOSE WHO MAKE THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY GAS CAN AVOID PAIN AT THE PUMP BUT NOT THE TAXES.
A price to pay for alternative fuels
BRUCE HENDERSON
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Bob Teixeira re-applies a sticker touting an alternative fuel he uses in his car. He plans to fight to change fuel-tax laws that have hit his wallet.
Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would cost.

His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes.
Charlotte Observer | 06/09/2007 | A price to pay for alternative fuels

I understand some of the plugins coming or kits available would provide about 300 km for just a few dollars of electrical power grid or not.

How will govs get their beloved road taxes??

....are the days of the moonshiners and the Feds coming back??

Roadside checkpoints for "legal" fuels. :D ;)

Seems govs may be in a serious conflict of interest here - green but greedy...or needy depending on your viewpoint.......

. Federal and Provincial Gas Tax Revenues (2005 data). The Government of Canada raises about $5 billion per year from excise taxes on fuel,
Oil and Gas Prices, Taxes and Consumers (Tax Bulletin)

Seems to me homebrewed energy or none road energy sources ( ala the farmers and diesel) = new road tolls.
 

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Toronto (and probably others) are already considering moving to a GPS based road use tax system. As more and more vehicles start to depend on alternatives to the taxed gas-pump, the dough is going to have to come from somewhere. It will be interesting to see if gov's take the opportunity to treat this as a cash grab. Personally, I am happy to pay for the use of the road as long as the system is fair.
 
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