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Americans drove less in 2007 for first time: government
Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters
As gasoline prices broke records in 2007, Americans cut back on their driving for the first time in more than 20 years, according to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.
… With gasoline prices still climbing, other data shows Americans are responding by changing their gas-guzzling habits. Not only are they driving less, but they are buying more fuel-efficient vehicles and utilizing more public transportation. Daily ridership on U.S. subways and public buses is at the highest level in more than 50 years.
(26 March 2008)
Slow down a little, save a lot of gas
Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney
With gas prices rising, gas-saving advice abounds: Drive more gently, don’t carry extra stuff in your trunk, combine your shopping trips.
This is all sound advice but there’s one driving tip that will probably save you more gas than all the others, especially if you spend a lot of time on the highway: Slow down.
In a typical family sedan, every 10 miles per hour you drive over 60 is like the price of gasoline going up about 54 cents a gallon. That figure will be even higher for less fuel-efficient vehicles that go fewer miles on a gallon to start with.
(25 March 2008)
KunstlerCast #7: Fate of Flagstaff & Hydrogen Cars (audio)
James Howard Kunstler via Global Public Media
A listener from Flagstaff, Ariz. wants to know what fate awaits his town in the post oil future. The verdict from Jim? At least it’s not Phoenix, but most of Flagstaff looks like the service road around Newark Airport. The caller also asks about the new Honda hydrogen fuel cell car, which reminds Jim to bash so-called environmentalist Amory Lovins’ fantasy to keep the motoring scene going at all costs.
(27 March 2008)