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Gas Prices

March 11, 2012, 9am PDT
In this second and final look at how to achieve Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's promise of $2.50 gas, Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal reports on a subsidy strategy discussed in The Atlantic. Earlier he presented a price controls approach.
Marketplace (American Public Media)
January 14, 2012, 5am PST
The average family paid 25% more in gas in 2011 than they did in 2010. With that trend expected to continue into the foreseeable future, the case for the importance of walkable neighborhoods will grow along with it.
PlaceShakers
December 4, 2011, 11am PST
Eric Jaffe reports on new research by urban travel behavior expert Bradley Lane of U. of Texas/El Paso on elasticity of gas prices and bus and rail ridership. Interestingly, rail ridership spiked twice as much as bus ridership when gas prices rose.
The Atlantic Cities
August 14, 2011, 5am PDT
Sunny Freeman of The Canadian Press takes to the streets to talk to bicyclists about their choice of conveyance. She says a gas price spike during the summer of 2008 pushed many Canadians onto two wheels.
Canadian Business
June 21, 2011, 5am PDT
Gas prices have been dropping for a month. According to the chief oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service in this radio interview, expect prices to continue dropping to as low as $3.25 a gallon, but don't expect lower than $3.00.
NPR-Weekend Edition Sunday
May 23, 2011, 12pm PDT
The highest gas prices since the summer of 2008 have the two political parties taking separate approaches toward the oil industry - each showing how effective they are at killing each other's plans.
The New York Times - Editorial
April 11, 2011, 5am PDT
As reporter Robert J. Hawkins notes, "It's like 2008 all over again." Back then, skyrocketing gas prices sent people fleeing to use public transit. Today, the pattern remains the same, at least in San Diego.
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 24, 2011, 11am PDT
As gas prices rise, more voices are calling for increased investments in transit and more multi-modal city planning.
USA Today
Feature
March 21, 2011, 8am PDT
With gas prices increasing rapidly, Scott Bernstein of the Center for Neighborhood Technology says the most effective solution is to reduce the demand by creating more "location-efficient" communities.
Scott Bernstein
March 7, 2011, 6am PST
A new report from the American Public Transit Association shows how transit riders are saving a bundle in comparison with car commuters, particularly when you factor in the rising cost of gasoline.
Treehugger
January 2, 2011, 5am PST
Oil has topped $90 barrel, electric cars are being touted, and the government is pushing fuel efficiency, but you'd never know it from auto sales - SUVs and trucks once again claim the top spot, having jumped 41% while small cars sales dropped 1.7%.
The Washington Post
December 26, 2010, 5am PST
A tweet from the FuelFix folks indicates that gas prices may reach $3.75 in the spring having passed the crucial oil price of $90 a barrel earlier this month. Already gas prices are the highest on record for any December.
Fuel Fix
December 22, 2010, 8am PST
As improbable as it sounds, the U.S. hit 'peak gas demand' in 2006 at 9 million barrels per day. By 2030, experts predict it will be 20% lower. The decline is attributed to driving less, more efficient vehicles, and the addition of ethanol to gas.
The (Lehigh
November 2, 2010, 6am PDT
Steve Mouzon visually documents his walkable day-to-day life, and all the places he can get to regularly on foot from his house.
The Original Green
February 8, 2010, 11am PST
Fast Company pulls together a handful of recent reports to paint a grim picture for the suburbs, as the number of people living in poverty rises, housing values decline, and infrastructure built in the 60s and 70s erodes.
Fast Company
September 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
For political, technological, and even demographic as well as economic reasons, don't expect American oil consumption to increase over 2007 levels. $3 gas is here to stay, and the days of the petrol-gulping SUVs and guzzlers may be numbered.
Barrons
July 23, 2009, 11am PDT
Author Chris Steiner looks at the public health and public safety ramifications of higher gas prices.
Forbes Magazine
June 11, 2009, 1pm PDT
During an energy conference sponsored by the Southern Growth Policies Board, a number of governors said that taxes on energy production might drive up the cost of gas, which will could an impact on the whole industry.
The Miami Herald
February 27, 2009, 9am PST
Sightline's Clark Williams-Derry looks at low gas prices, a down economy, and vehicle-miles-traveled, noting that the precipitous declines in VMT have halted, and suspects it may plateau.
WorldChanging
January 2, 2009, 7am PST
Cheap gas, great deals, and winter weather resulted in SUV and light trucks resuming their dominance in vehicle sales in December, climbing to 51% of all sales, as Prius sales dipped 48% in November.
CNNMoney.com