It’s the first time in nearly a decade that cars and pickups are taxed, and it’s a change that’s already causing an uproar.
In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began imposing a new fuel tax on all U.S. vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 6,000 pounds, or roughly 5,000 kilograms.
Since then, a number of states have followed suit, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Kentucky.
The new taxes will be effective in April, and the first state to implement the tax in 2018 will likely be Arizona.
The federal fuel tax will now be 6.45 cents per gallon.
It’s a new rate that’s been approved by the U.N. Security Council and will be in effect until 2031.
“We’re getting closer and closer to our goal of having zero emissions by 2050,” said Andrew Wheeler, the U-M transportation professor who helped create the federal tax.
“It’s a big deal for the United States.”
The new fuel-tax system, which will be rolled out nationwide, is a way to get the U to keep its global warming commitments.
The global warming-driven economy relies on a steady supply of natural gas.
The cost of extracting and burning that gas is cheaper than oil, which is cheaper still.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t emissions to be cut, especially when it comes to emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, the two greenhouse gases.
The tax has the potential to reduce U.K. greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a third from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released by the Royal Society last month.
The report said the new fuel taxes could be a game changer for the U., as it is already the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.
The U.J.C.S.-led Paris Climate Agreement aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but the carbon-reduction goal only covers the first three years of the deal.
The group’s report predicts that by 2040, the emissions from the U could be almost as high as the carbon emissions from all of the world’s cars and trucks combined.
“In 2020, you could be on track to be responsible for half the world emissions,” said Brian McNaught, a climate scientist at the University of Arizona who was not involved in the study.
“If we don’t act now, we are going to be in trouble.”
Wheeler said the fuel-tariff system is also an important step to reduce the U’s carbon footprint.
He said the tax could lower U.W.G.E. emissions by as much as 0.6 million tons a year.
That’s a lot of coal, but it could also help the U cut its greenhouse gas footprint by more than 1 million tons, he said.
“We are going from zero to one-third of our carbon footprint by 2050, and we’re going to have to be doing more,” Wheeler said.
“The fuel tax is just another way to help the economy grow.”