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What is driving the declining U.S. gasoline consumption?

Cowboy Byte -- The Labor Day holiday marked the end of the peak driving season, a good occasion to review the most recent data on gasoline consumption, which accounts for almost 10% of global liquid fuels consumption.


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Submitted Sep 08, 2013 By: NedW
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honda0105
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may have a job, but not enough money. 1/3 of the US working population is poorer now than it was before Lehman went down on the Bush watch.
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everbody is BROKE!! no money
honda0105
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wrestler: some folks don't believe that.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 9:06:03 AM

Employment and gas prices! Duh!!!!
gs7101
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 6:30:49 AM

Gas prices!
tclbbs
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 4:52:06 AM

Multiple reasons. Main one is NO MONEY! You have to have a job to get money to put it in tank, no job, no money, no money, no gas, then no job. It's better for me to ride my bike anyway.
BBopp
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 4:18:45 AM

The lack of jobs. People are driving less as they cannot afford to drive the way we did 10 years ago.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 3:47:26 AM

ok
sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 3:09:25 AM

The tough economy is forcing many people to simply stay home and of those that have jobs, many can now effectively work from home by telecommuting.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:23:34 AM

if there were more jobs maybe the 12 million people out of work would start buying cars that use gas, but bicycles run on people power.
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It’s astounding that anyone would ask that question seriously. More efficient vehicles, the high price of gas, and unemployment makeup the answer, probably in that order.
evpark
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:15:26 AM

Gas consumption is down because people just can't afford to buy it.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:12:57 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:10:21 AM

The size of my wallet.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:10:01 AM

Being under paid an gas over priced
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:09:57 AM

If it is not obvious to the writer of this article, he, she or it probably does not drive or own an automobile.
AnObserver
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:09:19 AM

Uh ... people are driving less?
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:07:20 AM

millions
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:07:08 AM

That is a very dumb question!!!!! Look into the real world.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 1:06:48 AM

High prices and more efficient cars
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calling Al Gore...please explain...
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:56:10 AM

High prices
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:51:58 AM

unemployed and under-employed cannot afford near $ 4.00 per gallon.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:51:50 AM

Interesting news.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:51:47 AM

Drivers are buying more fuel efficient vehicle while cutting down their driving distances.
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C - A - F - E...
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:50:13 AM

Gas prices, that is why
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:50:07 AM

On Sep 8, 2013 10:05:00 PM, clermont40miles wrote:

>100 million workers who no longer work.

But how many of them are still getting paychecks? Probably a goodly number given the number of responses to the GasBuddy topic "Why Are You Not Working?"

When I worked, we had dual monitors. So I'd do software tests on one monitor and visit GasBuddy on the other. When I needed to edit, I used both monitors and minimized GasBuddy. Not the intended purpose of the dual monitor setup, I"m sure, but then we had a guy who did daytrading on the other monitor. When I traded at work, I used the mobile browser application from my broker so what I traded didn't go over the company intranet.

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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:49:54 AM

Three guesses and the first two don't count!!
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:49:53 AM

ok
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:48:43 AM

Over priced fuel!

And more teens not working.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:46:58 AM

How about exorbitant price gouging?
downstream
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:45:03 AM

blah blah blah obama blah blah blah... even a DC earthquake would be obama's fault...
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:45:01 AM

Most definitely the economy and unemployment
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:43:52 AM

Price gouging.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:42:25 AM

I'd say gas prices and an economy still struggling.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:41:39 AM

Economy is stalling!!
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:38:13 AM

amen TIGERPAW..
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heyyyy Sneakers: how's the BFF and Rocky ??..
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:36:21 AM

I agree with Mowerman08 "High prices, unemployment, no money, not knowing if you will have a job tomorrow. . . "
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:35:46 AM

Cost of gas & the analysts counting their chickens before they hatch mentality.
TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:34:38 AM

Blame decreased consumption on anything but the truth. the Major factors are still the same, Poor economy ie lost jobs less travel less money & increased price. Fuel efficient vehicles EV's Hybrids are a minor difference compared to the total consumption.

Too many media don't want to say the current admin hasn't helped the economy or jobs enough to matter. They have had almost 5 yrs + 2 prior they controlled Washington even when obama wasn't pres. They could have replaced restrictions on Speculation on commodities that Clinton Changed & they could have decreased Exportation of commodities, fuel etc out of the USA. Both key factors in 35% to 50% increase in fuel prices with relative effects on all prices.

They could have stopped Ethanol mandates since it was shown a few yrs ago to be worse for the Environment than if we never used it & it doesn't actually save the amount of Petroleum we have to use. NO, Instead they increased the allowed % Ethanol the first of 2013 & they've done Nothing but lip service & put more taxes on the tax payers.
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:34:20 AM

High prices, unemployment, no money, not knowing if you will have a job tomorrow. . .
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:31:42 AM

On Sep 8, 2013 10:05:00 PM, clermont40miles wrote:

>No jobs.

What I hear is "What are all the companies going to do after the Baby Boomers retire?"

I'm a retired Baby Boomer but I went through an expected reduction in force when we finished developing our system (which took us fifteen years). I retired from layoff because I had the money. I had the money because my managers always talked about us working contract to contract so I was saving 17% of my income. Retirement income goes further because it's not from wages and therefore you don't pay FICA taxes on it.

I have two older brothers. One of them is retired. The other one is working part-time at his own request. Since he is a noted subject matter expert at his company, they let him work part-time. I haven't asked him this, but I would think he's working just enough to get employer-paid medical insurance. He's 62 now, he seems to like work. I like being a retiree much more than I ever liked being an employee. The only bad thing is the way I have things set up I get all my monthly income in the first two days of the month.

I guess all the people who throng the malls around here must be living on transfer payments because you're so convinced there are no jobs.

>100 million workers who no longer work.

Give me a credible source for that statistic. I think that number is a hundred million percent hot air.

>No longer go to restaurants or elsewhere.

Then explain why the restaurants around here that are half-good have more diners than tables at peak hours.

blazerbob91
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:31:03 AM

Can it be better mileage.
JMW1942
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:30:07 AM

Easily cut my driving by almost a third. I can make up for the higher cost of gasoline just by not going out to dinner more than once a week.
SHEP20715
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:29:35 AM

it is several things
Packman3231
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:28:32 AM

Sadly declining use of fuels will sometime bottom out and start rising again causing a continuation of the problems associated with petroleum usage.
swede
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:28:11 AM

Everybody know it is a combination of higher mpg vehicles and the higher cost of fuel. No one know which has more impact but I believe that it is the higher cost of fuel.
SteelPenny
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:28:10 AM

There are no jobs, thus no money, and consequently no gas purchasing.
O'care will rid the U.S. of even more jobs.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:28:08 AM

ok
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