This article got me thinking again about diesel fuel tax. Can anyone explain to me why diesel taxed at 24.4 cents a gallon federally and gasoline at only 18.4 cents a gallon? It might not sound like a lot...

...but our entire economy runs on diesel fuel, its my opinion that it should be reversed; then our goods will cost less, and drivers will be motivated to buy fuel efficient diesels, instead of being punished for it.


EDIT: the reasons for the disparity is clearly the idea that heavy trucks do more damage to the road, but the ratio is no more than 4:1 as a worst case scenario and considering the average driver goes 10,000 miles a year and the average trucker goes 105,000 miles a year i would say that the additional fuel they buy more than balances their loads on the road.