Okay, I screwed up in my most recent post. Surprisingly, my math was okay — but I misread Google Maps. 133 miles is the one-way distance between Burlington and Bennington. A roundtrip is 266 miles.
But my basic point still stands: the Vermont Republicans vastly overstated the impact of a carbon tax on a hypothetical family excursion to the Bennington Battle Monument.
Not to mention that a re-examination of the VTGOP’s fantastical Tweet shows that their exaggeration was even greater than I gave them credit for. They claim that the carbon tax will impose “an additional $236” in costs. Not that the whole trip will cost $236, but that the carbon tax alone will raise the cost by $236. Which is truly ridiculous.
So let’s redo this thing with the correct assumptions, shall we?
Burlingtom to Bennington and back again, 266 miles. Hypothetical Ford Explorer gets a gas-guzzling 15 mpg. That’s 18 gallons of gas for the trip.
Eighteen times 88 cents is…
And that’s it. Stop right there.
That’s the only “additional cost” imposed by the carbon tax on our beleaguered family. We don’t need to consider the total cost of gas, or depreciation, or a nice lunch at the Blue Benn, or anything else, because they have nothing to do with the carbon tax.
Now I’m even more anxious for the Republicans to show their work.
And here’s one more thing. As a commenter pointed out, the proposed carbon tax would be phased in over a ten-year period, so we’re talking about a hypothetical trip to Bennington in the year 2027 at the absolute soonest. What else will change by then? How much will inflation reduce the impact of an 88-cent tax? Will anybody be driving oversized gas-guzzlers in the year 2027? Will they all be hybrids or even electric vehicles by then? Might we have cheap, frequent mass transit down the western corridor?
But, compared to the VTGOP’s gross exaggeration, those are mere quibbles.
My point remains: on the carbon tax, the Republicans are full of shit. And Bartley still needs a new abacus.