We desperately need to impose a $1 federal tax on gasoline. First, it will immediately reduce consumption, decrease imports of oil and reduce the flow of our dollars to the OPEC nations.

Second, more people would carpool, reducing congestion on our highways. Third, the automakers would immediately pull out all the stops to produce more fuel-efficient cars.

Riders on public transportation would increase. This tax should be applied to gasoline used as motor fuel only. It should not apply to diesel fuel, which most of the trucking industry uses, or to aviation gasoline and jet fuel.

Robert Emery