Next to the exploding number of humans on the planet, global warming is, in all likelihood, the most pressing problem facing every living species.
In 1896, Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius revealed that the likely effect of adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere would be warming global temperatures. Carbon dioxide has now reached the highest level in the past million years and already has exceeded the forecasts made just 13 years ago.
As a consequence, global temperatures are rising faster in 2013 than at any time in history. Automobile emissions are one of the two major sources of carbon dioxide. Electric and hybrid vehicles are direct result of world attempts to slow the warming of the planet.
The introduction of extra taxes on fuel-efficient vehicles by the North Carolina legislature is a slap in the face of every person living on this planet. If the legislature truly wants to increase fuel taxes, why not just pass a law that every vehicle sold in the state must get less than 25 miles per gallon?
Such a law would greatly increase fuel taxes and clearly confirm the intellectual level of our state leaders.
John J. Hidore