The Hill: "Experts See Risk with Little Upside in Biden's Gas Tax Break"
Fellow Beia Spiller is quoted in this piece that analyzes the Biden administration's call for a gas tax holiday.
A suspension could also have environmental implications, according to Beia Spiller, transportation program director and fellow at Resources for the Future.
“There’s a lot of evidence out there that shows that when gasoline prices increase, people choose to buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle than they had,” Spiller told The Hill in an interview. Even if a suspension was short-lived and had little effect on what consumers actually pay, she said, “you will have a short-run, change in demand relative to [if there was] no gasoline tax holiday… so if you didn’t have the gasoline tax holiday, we would see better changes and changes in driving patterns.”
Fellow; Director, Transportation Program
Beia Spiller is a fellow and the director for RFF's Transportation Program. Her recent research has focused around electric vehicles and environmental justice, exploring some of the most pressing issues around electric car, truck and bus adoption.
Common Resources — May 20, 2022
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Report — Sep 13, 2023
Prioritizing Justice in New York State Climate Policy: Cleaner Air for Disadvantaged Communities?
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On the Issues — Sep 8, 2023
On the Issues: US Mining, Methane Leaks, and More
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