Saturday, May 06, 2006


Americans are driving less, cutting back on vacations, and turing off their air conditioners in response to rising gas prices, according to an AP/Ipsos poll.

"Now, I'm just going to work and coming home — not doing anything else," said Kathleen Roberts, who makes a daily, 100-mile round trip from York, Pa., to her teaching job in Baltimore.

I wonder if she'll move to Bal'mer. I wonder if people are going to move back to the cities. That would be great news for those of us who live in economically-depressed cities. And having more hybrids on the road would be good news too. Actually, I'm not convinced that Americans having to pay higher prices for gasoline is really a bad thing. The rest of the world has been doing it for decades, and perhaps we could stand to own up to reality a bit.

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