An opinion in the San Francisco Chronicle by Ray Welch of the Marin Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby:
How Newsom’s $400 California gas rebate idea can be scaled up to fight climate change
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent proposal to give every California car owner $400 to offset the war-induced spike in gasoline prices is a compelling idea. High fuel costs have delivered a hard kick to millions of people already hurting from inflation caused by supply chain problems from the pandemic.
A rebate is better than a gas tax holiday — proposed in many other states — because it preserves the funding source for the public good of road maintenance, which is vital to the economy. (Newsom has proposed a delay in a scheduled inflation hike, which is a reasonable concession.) Importantly, a rebate lets people spend the money however it benefits them most. Perhaps they’re able to drive less and can use the difference to pay for other necessities that are also going up in cost because of spiking fuel prices.
Ray Welch, San Rafael