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Are we using less gasoline?

Posted at 7:59 AM on March 7, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

National Public Radio's Frank Langfitt reports that Americans are using less gasoline. Are we finally fed up with the prices? Langfitt's article notes:

"The last time gas use fell — other than after Hurricane Katrina — was more than a decade ago. That it's falling again now suggests that high prices are finally influencing behavior. Since November, prices have averaged $3 a gallon or more. That's the longest they've ever stayed that high."

A couple theories surfaced in an online discussion on the Living a Sustainable Life group at Gather.com. From Gasoline use goes down:

"No one can afford to leave their home. I think that's 80% of it. Although I do notice more people on the bus, and the transit department has reported increased ridership." - Gretchen Lee Bourquin

"More people are walking short distances instead of driving" - Sunaura

What is your take on this trend? Join the online conversation or submit a commentary.

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