Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, FAS
I strongly doubt that President Obama has a secret agenda to increase American oil consumption, but anyone who looks at his highway-heavy recovery spending plans might think he did. If the president wants to reduce American carbon emissions — and I believe he does — he should strip the proposed $50 billion on transportation from his latest stimulus plan, and embrace the principle that American infrastructure should be paid for by the travelers who use it.
Glaeser, Edward L. "Make Drivers Pay for Driving." Boston Globe, September 23, 2011.