How About a Gas Tax for Hefty People?

Monday, October 30, 2006
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Forget attacking the SUV drivers - hefty folks use more gas.

As American waistlines have expanded since 1960, so has their consumption of gasoline, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Commonwealth University say.

Americans are now pumping 938 million gallons of fuel more annually than they were in 1960 as a result of extra weight in vehicles. And when gas prices average $3 a gallon, the tab for overweight people in a vehicle amounts to $7.7 million a day, or $2.8 billion a year.

Lordy, these people have way too little to do.

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