A. Barton Hinkle on The Green-Car Blues


A plug in hybrid at an auto show
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has drawn the fury of the environmentally minded by including in his transportation package a $100 annual fee on alternative-fuel vehicles, including electric cars and hybrids. The governor's rationale is plain enough: People who use the roads should pay for them, but taxes on gasoline don't adequately capture hybrids that burn less of it.

A. Barton Hinkle takes a sensible look at an issue that has both sides riled up.