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Are Americans Really Fuming About Gasoline Prices?

In a rapidly spreading journalistic meme, reporters are describing Americans as “fuming” about the high price of gasoline. But are they, really?

gasoline fumesMaybe they’re breathing gasoline fumes. According to the Energy Information Administration, gasoline prices are just 26 cents higher than they were a year ago. Yes, gasoline prices have increased over the last few weeks, but that’s happening after months of declines.

Consumption of gasoline increased by 200,000 barrels per day in just one week, during the same time journalists began to describe Americans as fuming about gas prices. If Americans are really fuming, how come they’re buying more gasoline? It seems more accurate to say that Americans are petulant about gasoline prices.

If people are truly upset about gasoline prices, there’s a simple solution to the problem: Let them buy less of it. Let them stop driving their big cars around so much. Let them walk, or bicycle, or take mass transit more often. Until I see that kind of behavioral change, I won’t be able to regard the talk about Americans fuming as anything but hot air.

5 comments to Are Americans Really Fuming About Gasoline Prices?

  • t ball

    The media echo chamber is so tired, and tiresome.

  • Tom

    i don’t know about anyone else but i’m pissed as hell about it and am now considering taking public transportation when i can to get to and from work. It wasn’t worth it before, but now it’s going to actually save me some $. On the other hand, after i calm down and think about it, if gas had been between about $5 to $10 a gallon all through the 1970′s – 90′s we would still have plenty and wouldn’t have been using it for frivolous things like mowing lawns or joy riding (polluting the planet for fun). The whole Industrial Revolution and the advent of the automobile is beginning to look like just another human mistake we repeated without thinking about the consequences. Now we have hell to pay.

  • Tom

    And here’s those pesky “consequences” the lame-stream media so conveniently forgets to add in their blithering:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-16/consumer-prices-in-u-s-rise-on-fuel-other-costs-little-changed.html

    “The cost of living in the U.S. rose in February by the most in 10 months, reflecting a jump in gasoline that failed to spread to other goods and services.”

    (and, a little further down)
    “The biggest jump in gasoline in more than a year accounted for about 80 percent of the increase in prices last month, leaving households with less money to spend on other goods and services.”

  • t ball

    My 2006 Prius still gets 48-50 mpg, I can’t imagine ever owning another car that doesn’t.

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