For years, environmental groups have backed feebates to encourage consumers to buy vehicles that burn less fuel - and, as a result, emit lower volumes of greenhouse gases.
While Congress generally steers clear of anything resembling a tax increase, some states are taking up legislation to create feebate programs. California, which has taken the lead among states in seeking to curb greenhouse gases, is in the forefront of the feebate movement.
—Harry Stoffer, "'Feebate' programs may help states fight warming," Automotive News, April 16, 2007
For a $25,000 car, that could mean up to $1,500 - enough to make consumers think twice.
—Brian Nearing, "Putting price on climate change," The Times Union, November 30, 2006
But the 40-mile-per-gallon difference represents more than twice America's imports from the gulf. If the security and environmental costs of inefficient cars had to be paid up front, buyers would choose more wisely. The best way is "feebates." When you register a new car, you pay a fee or get a rebate, depending on its efficiency. The fees would pay for the rebates.
—Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins, "Make Fuel Efficiency Our Gulf Strategy," The New York Times, December 3, 1990