It looks like self-driving cars, and $5.00 a gallon gasoline will be appearing at America’s gas stations faster than expected. Last January 13, President Obama gave his final State of the Union address, and in his speech uttered the words, “building a 21st century transportation system.” It didn’t sink in for most automobile enthusiasts what the president’s intentions were until the following day when Obama called for $4 billion to speed up the arrival of autonomous cars.
On January 13, President Obama didn’t mention where the four billion bucks was going to come from, and not a living soul knew until Thursday, February 4 when Bloomberg reported, “President Barack Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget to finance self driving cars, public transit, railroads and other transportation improvements, the White House said.”
The White House said in a statement Thursday, “By placing a fee on oil, the President’s plan creates a clear incentive for private sector innovation to reduce our reliance on oil and at the same time invests in clean energy technologies that will power our future.”
It’s the “power our future” part that concerns people that like to drive cars, especially if it means the government’s ultimate goal is to render the entire U.S. population as robot chauffeured passengers. It seems the perfect solution for the soon-to-be-more-expensive future would be to let people that want to drive, drive, and for all the ones that don’t – herd them into autonomous buses and let them enjoy the ride.