Americans using less gasoline in response to prices, economy

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Americans burned a remarkable 5.5 percent less gasoline last week than a year earlier, a new report says, as record fuel prices and a slowed economy curtailed driving.
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The Big Fix

Clifton, NJ

#1 May 28, 2008
We're gonna get screwed no matter what. I hate to see what's gonna happen when it all reaches critical mass... I hope I can get a horse and buggy
Masie

AOL

#2 May 28, 2008
Bicycles,mopeds and Shanks Pony.
Balto

Norwalk, CT

#3 May 28, 2008
The wife is 5 years younger than me. I'm thinking she can pull me in a wagon to the poorhouse.
Jimbo

United States

#4 May 28, 2008
If we drive less we will use less. Prices will have to go up so the oil company's can get their profits and pay the shareholders. That's the new rule of supply and demand.
dca

Islip, NY

#6 May 28, 2008
Masie wrote:
Bicycles,mopeds and Shanks Pony.
small motorcycles, too (350-550 cc)
its all a sham

Wyckoff, NJ

#7 May 28, 2008
Did anyone out there really believe the price of gas is high because of supply-and-demand?? Or, Broadwater was going to decrease natural gas prices?
Fuel prices are high because it can be. I see as many suv's on the road as ever. and, to reward those who waste gas, elected officials want to send taxpayers further in to a downward spiral by temporarily suspending the gas tax. it's time for tough decisions to be made by those in office and begin to reward conservation and stop pandering for votes. if you're driving a vehicle that gets less than 25 mpg., enjoy it, but stop complaining about the price of gas.

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#8 May 28, 2008
wait...consumption dropped by 3.8 million from the same week last week?

That's not a 5.5 percent drop. That's just less than 50 percent.

Am I wrong? What am I reading wrong? Is it more award winning journalism from Newsday?
Go figure

Liberty, NY

#9 May 28, 2008
Gas is just the latest market bubble. I can't say when, but it will pop sooner or later.
Micheal L

Bellmore, NY

#10 May 28, 2008
Yeah NightCrawler, I did the math and came out to 28.8%. Take the change over last year's amount. Has anyone seen OPEC?
JBT

Bronx, NY

#11 May 28, 2008
My girlfriend said to me that for her birthday she wanted me to take her somewhere expensive. I took her to the gas station.
Pete

AOL

#12 May 28, 2008
well, guess what...the oil companies just love all these profits they have been raking in these last few quaters and don't want it to stop, in fact they have already added these kinds of profits into future earnings.So I don't think they want to go back earning less. Gas prices will continue to rise, yes, of course it's a bubble but thats the stock market.
WhatAreTheyServi ng2Day

Brooklyn, NY

#13 May 28, 2008
its all a sham wrote:
Did anyone out there really believe the price of gas is high because of supply-and-demand?? Or, Broadwater was going to decrease natural gas prices?
Fuel prices are high because it can be. I see as many suv's on the road as ever. and, to reward those who waste gas, elected officials want to send taxpayers further in to a downward spiral by temporarily suspending the gas tax. it's time for tough decisions to be made by those in office and begin to reward conservation and stop pandering for votes. if you're driving a vehicle that gets less than 25 mpg., enjoy it, but stop complaining about the price of gas.
What is illegitimate about complaining about the price of gas continually rising as usage decreases? Worse is, as usage decreases, so will the supply because these greedy b*$tard$ will NEVER allow consumers to see prices from years past. They've got us by the balls and they'll just keep twisting. Hell, we've even been noted for lining up to get $3.99 a gallon because it's such a *great* price. Puhhhhhlease!!

Fuel prices are high, not because it can be, but because the greedy pigs have the market cornered on a necessity item. Gas isn't like the box of chocolate chip cookies or Cheese Its on the grocery store shelf that you can simply walk by without buying because you don't really need it.

They have it, everybody needs it, and everybody WILL PAY!!

The SUV myth goes up in smoke with this article since it suggests that people are using less - FIVE-POINT-FIVE PERCENT LESS.

So the only other explanation for the continued, maintained increase in price is GREED!!
Bull

Huntington, NY

#14 May 28, 2008
This has NOTHING to do with supply and demand and everything to do with greed. Oil should be treated as a utility, regulated and the companies charged under RICO for price fixing and price goughing. Unfortunately, there is a shortage-of balls in our politicians.
Chris

Baltimore, MD

#15 May 28, 2008
Anyone driving an SUV has no right to complain about the price of gas. An SUV owner complaining about the price of gas is pure hypocricy.

You buy a gas guzzler, you pay the price.
Stone Wall Jackson

Mesquite, NV

#18 May 28, 2008
Use mass Transit and screw the towel head out of any
oil profits !!!
WhatAreTheyServi ng2Day

Brooklyn, NY

#19 May 28, 2008
Chris wrote:
Anyone driving an SUV has no right to complain about the price of gas. An SUV owner complaining about the price of gas is pure hypocricy.
You buy a gas guzzler, you pay the price.
Anyone using blacktop roadways has no right to complain about the price of gas. Traveling on blacktop roadways and complaining about the price of gas is pure hypocricy [sic].

You use blacktop roads, you pay the price.

The same goes for toothbrush owners, homeowners with blacktop driveways, homeowners with vinyl siding on their houses, and most kids toys made of plastic.
All

San Francisco, CA

#20 May 28, 2008
People not getting into their car's and spending money/ This in itself will lead to an implosion of America. I guess were headed for more war's. American's seem to love that anyway.
All

San Francisco, CA

#21 May 28, 2008
For me I'm moving back to the city. Selling my car and using my legs again. The only fuel I will need is a sandwich.
Dr Pangloss

Teaneck, NJ

#22 May 29, 2008
I don't know what you folks are complaining about.
Everything is just fine now that the tax rebate checks are in the mail.
All we need for prosperity is more tax cuts for the rich; and oil drilling everywhere!
Remember, this is the best of all possible worlds!
liner

Hicksville, NY

#23 May 29, 2008
In all my years commuting on the SS Pkwy, I'm finally seeing more than a few people slowing down, going maybe 60-63 instead of 70+(+++). I'm one of them and have seen a 2mpg increase. Now I cringe when I see the pu's and suv's go roaring by. What are they thinking?

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