Presumably the chemical plant is producing something of marketable value (or else it wouldn't be in business). That does not absolve them of their responsibility to not foist their expenses off onto the local taxpayers.If I live in a town where the local chemical plant is dumping its waste products into the reservoir, thus rendering the water undrinkable, who should pay to clean it up? All the taxpayers of the town, or the local chemical plant?
On the contrary, a gas tax encourages innovation. If gas costs $4 per gallon instead of $2 per gallon, there is a much stronger demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. This lights a fire under the asses of the auto companies to supply the market with these fuel-efficient vehicles.Originally Posted by akyron