Last Updated Mar 9, 2010 12:23 PM EST
"Options now being discussed in Congress cannot by themselves achieve the significant reductions in the transportation sector needed to meet the Obama administration's targets for total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2020," the report concludes.
The problem. We drive too much, and are driving more. Nothing gets us out of our cars like high fuel prices (See Summer of 2008). Thus, we need increased gas prices, combined with sale of more efficient vehicles, to repair our deteriorating environment.
The good news for the economy, however, is that "aggressive climate change policy need not bring the economy to a halt," the report states.
"Even under high-fuels-tax, high-carbon price scenarios, losses in annual GDP, relative to business-as-usual, are less than 1%, and the economy is still projected to grow at 2.1-3.7% per year assuming a portion of the revenues collected are recycled to taxpayers."Here's a summary of the study, which includes a link to the report itself.
What trade offs are you willing to make to help the environment?