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Gasoline Shortages Fuel Panic and Rage in the South

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Here’s a disturbing story from the Associated Press on gas shortages in Asheville, North Carolina, where hot-tempered drivers are waiting in long lines to fill up, only to find in some cases that the pumps are tapped. Asks one flustered motorist: "What’s wrong with our government? Why are they letting this happen to us?" Maybe […]

A Big Hidden Subsidy for Highways That Everyone Forgets

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Subsidies for driving in America are so numerous and layered, it can be hard to sort them out. We have general funds paying for roads, tax breaks for big oil companies, free parking nearly everywhere. David Levinson at the Transportationist picks out another one that’s a lot more obscure, but still substantial: The hidden subsidy is […]

Chrysler: Let’s Ruin America!

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Looks like Chrysler has figured out a novel way to move their 2008 model gas guzzlers off the lot. Sign up for their new "Let’s Refuel America!" credit card and they’ll lock in the price of gas at $2.99/gallon for three years. That’s right, it’s a 36-month guarantee that you don’t have to think about […]

Federal Energy Forecast: Gas Nearing $3/Gallon, Fuel Consumption Up

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Average gas prices are expected to hit $2.92 during this summer’s peak driving season, with fossil-fuel consumption rising overall as the economy begins to recover from a recession that limited U.S. emissions growth, according to a forecast released this week by the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). (Photo: Pop and Politics) The EIA’s latest short-term […]

Poll: Rising Fuel Prices Hitting Middle-Class Americans Hard

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American households will spend more money on gasoline this year, in dollar and inflation-adjusted terms, than ever before. And middle-class Americans are more concerned about fuel prices than at any time in recent history. These are the findings of a poll of 1,000 Americans commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America, which has been tracking […]

The High Price of Cheap Gas

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At least on the surface, the big declines in gas prices we’ve seen over the past year seem like an unalloyed good. We save money at the pump, and we have more to spend on other things, But the cheap gas has serious hidden costs—more pollution, more energy consumption, more crashes and greater traffic congestion. […]