Comment 34752

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted October 13, 2009 at 12:57:03

Ryan >> stiff taxes exist to cover those externalities, like damage air pollution and smog, negative public health effects, GHG emissions and so on.

According to CIA World Factbook (2009 estimates), both Canada and Australia both have longer life expectancy than either Denmark or The Netherlands ( tinyurl.com/yvls29 ). Curiously enough, these nations have much lower gas taxes and prices that are around US$0.94-1.00/gal. In contrast, Denmark and The Netherlands have high gas taxes with gas prices coming in around US$2.00/gal.

If gas taxes are supposed to make people healthier, how do you explain the fact that people in Canada and Australia live longer even though gas prices are cheaper.

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