A powerful new coalition is emerging to push accelerated phase-out of gasoline. The coalition is comprised of broad sectors of the public who are demanding clean air, climate activists, clean tech businesses and enthusiasts, and people concerned about the strategic and financial consequences of oil imports. It has the power to break the dominance of gasoline as the country’s principal transportation fuel.
The arrival of a new generation of electric and plug-in hybrid cars makes radical reduction of gasoline use feasible. If social attitudes and morays about personal pollution can be altered, extraordinary change in consumer buying habits and tolerance of gas taxes is possible.