Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy Committee and the longest-serving member in the House has proposed a 50-cent gas tax, a carbon tax, and phasing out mortgage interest tax deduction for homes over 3,000 square feet. “This is going to cause pain” he says of the measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To Dingell, who represents Detroit and has long resisted automobile fuel efficiency mandates, "the pain is shared in a way that is fair, proper, acceptable and accomplishes the basic purpose." That purpose would be to reduce greenhouse gases.
Considering that the housing market is already feeling pain, that the size of a house is not necessarily connected to its carbon footprint, and that automobiles probably create more carbon pollution than homes, is this a worthy piece of legislation?
What do you think?