The hybrid car revolution: Time to get Congress to Act
Why are we giving huge tax deductions to small business owners that buy vehicles which cause the most pollution and offer the worst gas mileage? Why do we reward American automakers for continued complacency and incompetence?
Sure, Congress offers tax credits for hybrid cars, but they are capped. Yet there is no cap on how many extreme gas-guzzlers can receive a $25,000.00 tax deduction.
Even worse, the caps on hybrid cars are limited by manufacturer, which means that some manufactures, such as GM, can essentially sit on their credits for a couple of years. Why aren't these credits controlled by consumers, rather than greedy corporations?
Is this how Congress rewards technological innovation, or protects inept auto corporations?
We worry about the Dubai Port’s Deal and national security, even though numerous security experts say this is political issue, not a security issue. Yet, we don’t care that the security of the American economy is in the hands of terrorist-harboring countries that aren’t helping with the War on Terror, but countries which have explicitly exclaimed their hate for America and against the War on Terror.
But I don’t want to get too political. The point is, Congress can create real momentum towards a cleaner environment and towards energy security. The small business tax credit should immediately include hybrid vehicles and other forms of clean, alternative transportation.
Plug-in Hybrid Tax Incentives
Additionally, there should be some tax incentives for consumers that are willing to convert their hybrids into plug-in hybrid vehicles. Plug-in hybrid technology extends the benefits of hybrid vehicles, in addition to promoting more hybrid battery research.
The People, not the Corporations
Let's also move towards tax incentives on the buyer side, not the producer side. We’ve already given GM hundreds of millions of tax dollars to develop hybrids, instead, we got professional grade gas-guzzlers.
Put the power in the hands of consumers, not corporations.
Join the campaign to make Congress act on tax credits and deductions for hybrid cars.