Energy Efficiency Pinches Highway Trust Fund


U.S. Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment pre­dicts that the High­way Trust Fund will be run­ning a deficit as ear­ly as 2009. Con­sumers cur­rent­ly pay 18.3 cents per gal­lon of gas into the Fund. While high­er con­struc­tion costs and Con­gres­sion­al over­spend­ing are the main cul­prits, fuel-effi­cient vehi­cles also play a role. A Con­gres­sion­al pan­el is look­ing into solu­tions. All involve dri­vers pay­ing more.