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David Shepardson and Christina Rogers/ The Detroit News

Detroit — General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he's confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker.

"I actually think the government will be out this year — within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months," Akerson said in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News last week.

He is grateful for the government's rescue of GM — "I have nothing but good things to say about them" — but Akerson said the time for that relationship to end is coming because it's wearing on GM.

"It's kind of like your in-laws: It was a nice long weekend. We didn't say a week," Akerson said with a laugh.

And while he is eager to say goodbye to the government as a part owner of GM, Akerson would like to see it step up to the challenge of setting a higher gas tax, as part of a comprehensive energy policy.

A government-imposed tax hike, Akerson believes, will prompt more people to buy small cars and do more good for the environment than forcing automakers to comply with higher gas-mileage standards.

"There ought to be a discussion on the cost versus the benefits," he said. "What we are going to do is tax production here, and that will cost us jobs."

For the years 2017-25, federal officials are considering 3 percent to 6 percent annual fuel efficiency increases, or 47 mpg to 62 mpg. That could boost the cost of vehicles by up to $3,500.

"You know what I'd rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas," Akerson said.

"People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans."

With gas already over $4 a gallon in parts of the country, a higher gas tax is a hard sell.

Rebecca Lindland, an analyst with IHS Global Insight, said higher gas taxes in Europe did lead consumers to buy more fuel-efficient cars.

But she acknowledged that's virtually impossible to see in the United States.

"It's career suicide for a politician to call for raising gas taxes," Lindland said.

Akerson isn't the first auto exec to float the idea of a gas tax to encourage consumers to buy fuel-efficient vehicles. Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. has previously advocated a gas tax increase.

On Monday, a Ford spokeswoman said the company "will leave the policy decision to Congress"; in 2009, GM CEO Rick Wagoner called a higher gas tax "worthy of consideration."

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110607...ef-pushing-for-higher-gas-taxes#ixzz1ObiFwXkB
 

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"It's career suicide for a politician to call for raising gas taxes," Lindland said.


Let's hope our politicians remember that. This guy is an idiot. Cars will become more fuel efficient, and people will demand them more and more if they can make cars that actually go 300 miles and aren't so small you can't breath. It's just liberal impatience that wants to force people to buy these little tin cans that go 40 miles on a charge. The technology will catch up to people's desires and the market will naturally move to more fuel efficient vehicles. Patience, Grasshopper!
 

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Akerson is a tool. :nuts:

He is grateful for the government's rescue of GM —
(Of course he is, they saved his company and provided him a big ****ing check)


"I have nothing but good things to say about them" —
(Of course not-why would he bite that hand that feeds him?) :laughing:

... but Akerson said the time for that relationship to end is coming because it's wearing on GM.
(Kind of contradicts the first two comments? NO?) :crazy:

This guy wants higher gas prices to force the consumer to buy the shitbox A.K.A. The Volt. What a JackAss!
 

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Akerson is a tool. :nuts:

He is grateful for the government's rescue of GM —
(Of course he is, they saved his company and provided him a big ****ing check)


"I have nothing but good things to say about them" —
(Of course not-why would he bite that hand that feeds him?) :laughing:

... but Akerson said the time for that relationship to end is coming because it's wearing on GM.
(Kind of contradicts the first two comments? NO?) :crazy:

This guy wants higher gas prices to force the consumer to buy the shitbox A.K.A. The Volt. What a JackAss!
The only people buying the Volt, is the US government.. :lookinup:
 

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I agree that Akerson is an Obama puppet.

I'd bet the farm that behind closed doors, part of GM's "bailout" was the agreement to develop the Volt as part of our liberal/socialist, tree huggin' guberment's plan to force people to support their green agenda. It's all bull-pelosi. In 5 years you won't be able to give a Volt or Leaf away. The first time an owner runs out of juice during a 100 degree, five o'clock traffic jam, and it costs him $300 to have his car towed............... well, what would you do? AND, the real truth is that the manufacturing process to make and use these battery powered cars leaves a carbon footprint much larger that an equivilent gas powered vehicle.
It's all bull$h!t. Everything this administration does is stupid bull$h!t.

Back in the "computer stone age" when we had to actually do some of our own programing, there was a phrase. "$h!t in................ $h!t out.

Same with our guberment. With the current practice of sending intellectual morons to Washington, why should we be surprised when they screw up everything they touch?
 

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want to drive people to smaller more efficient cars? put the same standards on all trucks as you do a car.
 

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Where is this guys career does it show that he knows ANYTHING about the automotive industry? He was a lib so the O man figured that was good enough... If you Google The Carlyle Group you'll see that he's just Obama's puppet.

Akerson joined MCI Inc. in 1983 and served as the CFO for several years. He left MCI in 1993 to become chairman and chief executive of General Instrument, where he succeeded former and future United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.[3]

In 1996, Akerson was hired to be the chief executive of Nextel. During his tenure as CEO, Nextel's revenues grew from $171.7 million in the year before his arrival to more than $3.3 billion in 1998. Shortly after stepping down as CEO of Nextel in July 1999, Akerson was brought in by Craig McCaw to run Nextlink Communications, later rebranded as XO Communications.[4] XO entered bankruptcy in June 2002, and Akerson resigned as CEO in December 2002.[5]

Akerson joined the Carlyle Group in 2003.[6]

In July 2009, Akerson was named to the board of directors of General Motors as a representative of the U.S. Treasury, which owns a 61% stake in GM.[7] On August 12, 2010 it was announced that Akerson will be the successor of Ed Whitacre as CEO of General Motors, starting September 1, 2010 and will also assume the Chairman of the Board position on January 1, 2011
 

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Akerson joined the Carlyle Group in 2003.[6]

In July 2009, Akerson was named to the board of directors of General Motors as a representative of the U.S. Treasury, which owns a 61% stake in GM.[7] On August 12, 2010 it was announced that Akerson will be the successor of Ed Whitacre as CEO of General Motors, starting September 1, 2010 and will also assume the Chairman of the Board position on January 1, 2011[/I]

So much for a car guy running a car business. :lookinup: Let hope his infleuence isn't reflected in their product line up as much as the O-man wants it too.
 
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