More (sort of) good news

Gas pump (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan)From this evening’s All Things Considered:

For the first time in years, people are buying a little less gasoline in America. Analysts say it may be a sign that high prices and a slowing economy are beginning to change people’s driving habits.

Since the beginning of this year, gasoline consumption has fallen about half a percent, according to the Department of Energy.


Doug MacIntyre, who has studied gas consumption at the Department of Energy since the 1980s, says he thinks people may be responding by cutting down on trips or using public transit more.

Half a percent doesn’t seem like much to me, but hey. Some significant news: sales of Ford’s monstrous SUVs (Excursions and the like) fell 22 percent.

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