MAYOR WANTS $4 GAS
By DAVID SEIFMAN, NY Post
Say what you will about Mayor Bloomberg's energy policy, but at least it's consistent.
Having advocated higher taxes on fuel over the summer, Bloomberg yesterday came out in support of a return to the scary days of $4-a-gallon gasoline -- regardless of its potential impact on the fragile economy.
"I mean, [the idea] is not popular," the mayor conceded on his weekly radio show.
"If you're a capitalist, which I am, and you want to solve the problem that we're driving gas guzzlers and driving too much and not using mass transit, you have to have higher fuel prices," he said.
"...My suggestion was [to impose] the tax and take the money and use it to help those who lose their jobs to get training and that sort of thing, so you could transfer the money and not have a bad effect on the economy."
Interesting that this is coming from the man who forces taxpayers to pay for the gas that goes into the two SUVs that haul him to the subway when he doesn't feel like walking (which is every day).
Photo from the NY Times.