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    Official: Last year's high gas prices stopping people from spending like they used to

    Old habits die hard, and when it comes to changing our spending habits to account for gas price increases, newer ones do as well. About four in five Americans have held steady with their lower discretionary spending levels from last year – a time when gas prices spiked – despite the ...

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    Report: Federal court denies trade groups' request to ban E15

    For those keeping score in the battle between advocates and opponents of higher ethanol blends in gasoline (fuels such as E15, which is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline), chalk one up in the "advocates" column. Earlier this week, a US federal appeals court upheld last year's decision to ...

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    Report: California takes wraps off dirtier, "winter" gasoline to ease prices

    For Californians, the start of "winter" can't come soon enough. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has responded to a request from Governor Jerry Brown to allow slightly dirtier gasoline to be sold about three weeks before the state usually switches to the so-called "winter blend" of gas. ...

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    Report: Rising fuel prices got you down? Blame Twitter

    The power of social media revealed itself yesterday in the form of fluctuation in fuel prices based on a false tweet. According to The Wall Street Journal, a Twitter account claiming to be Russian Interior Minister Vladamir Kolokoltsv tweeted that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had been ...

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    Report: Analyst suggests gas prices may have peaked at $3.92/gal

    High gas prices burning through your checking account faster than a Bugatti Veyron through premium? At least one analyst says the pressure might drop soon. Patrick DeHaan, senior analyst for thinks fuel prices have peaked for the year, with the national average sitting at $3.92 for ...

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    Report: 2011 U.S. demand for gasoline below 2010 level for 29th consecutive week

    U.S. gasoline consumption declined 2.5 percent last week, compared to the same time frame in 2010, with motorist buying only (?) 8.79 million barrels a day during the week ending October 7, according to data collected by MasterCard. That's down from 9.01 million barrels a day back in October of ...

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    Study: Americans driving less, log fewest miles since 2004

    The price of a gallon of gasoline has been a major downer so far in 2011, and data shows that it may be affecting driving habits. According to The Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration claims that Americans drove 1.453 trillion miles in the first half of 2011. That's down 1.1 percent ...

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    Gas prices not scaring car buyers as much this time around

    With gasoline prices soaring this year, one might assume, justifiably, that hybrid and fuel-efficient small vehicle demand must also be on the rise, mimicking the market situation in 2008. However, history may not be repeating itself this time around. AutoPacific President George Peterson says, ...

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    Reuters: Gasoline prices begin falling, may be past 2011 peak

    The price of a gallon of crude may have dropped by $16 in the past month, but for the most part, gas prices haven't followed suit. In fact, the nationwide average hit $4 per gallon just last week, or $1.10 higher than it was at this time in 2010. But while relief at the pump feels far from ...

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    BP gushes over improved ethanol

    British Petroleum's (BP) disastrous Gulf oil spill will forever be a part of our nation's gasoline-powered history. The oil giant is trying to introduce an improved ethanol that could assist us in weaning ourselves off of oil and making that spill a distant memory. Recently, BP teamed up with the ...

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    API: First-half demand for gasoline 0.6% lower than last year

    According to the American Petroleum Institute's (API) Monthly Statistical Report, U.S. gasoline deliveries for the first half of 2010 averaged 8.88 million barrels per day, 0.6 percent lower than the corresponding period a year ago. Though the drop in demand is minuscule, it does provide us with an ...

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    UK committee says fuel prices must stay high to force drivers into efficient cars

    We all love to see high fuel prices, right? Well, some of us might, but the majority of us would rather not pay through the roof for a gallon of gas. There's definitely a consensus that high gas prices are good for the environment in many ways, but few of us are willing to foot the bill to help out ...

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    What's the "real" cost of gas? Dollar figures don't tell the whole story

    Opening an article with the question, "how much does gas cost?" seems like it requires a fairly straightforward answer. You could hop in your car, drive to the nearest gas station and answer it in no time. Similarly, you could hit up the site GasBuddy and find an answer even quicker. Using either ...

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    Report: Fuel economy for new vehicles up 12 percent since 2005

    With strict CAFE standards set at 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016, automakers have a long, tough road ahead of them. If you compare recent fuel economy increases over the past five years, the task that lies ahead is downright daunting. analysts compiled a list of fuel economy numbers ...

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    Shocks that can save fuel, charge batteries and propel vehicles down the road?

    What if something as simple as a shock absorber could do much more than just absorb the impacts coming from the road? What if the shock could save fuel, charge batteries and even move vehicles down the road? Wouldn't you be interested? We certainly are. The idea of transferring road impact into ...

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    UPS to save 800,000 gallons of fuel through Smart Pickup program

    Now here's a unique way to save on fuel usage: only drive when you need to. Who would have ever thought of that. Under the new program from UPS called Smart Pickup, drivers will only make pickups when needed. What an idea! Getting the program underway is a little more challenging than it might ...

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    Engine displacement tax could convince automakers to focus on smaller powerplants

    Last year, the state of Washington contemplated a tax that would be placed on vehicles dependent upon the displacement of its engine. The displacement tax was eventually discarded but not forgotten. Automakers noted the possibility of this tax cropping up again in the future and marked it in their ...

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    Survey shows buyers have unrealistic expectations for hybrid and electric vehicles

    Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery
    What do future buyers of hybrid and electric vehicles expect? Surprisingly, according to a recent survey, a reduction in fuel usage or elimination of fuel is not a primary concern. What buyers want is simple: all of the benefits of a ...

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    Valeo to focus on new products that improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions

    2010 Citroen C3 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Automotive supplier Valeo SA has struggled to gain market share over the past decade. Attempting to turn things around, the company will focus its efforts on fuel efficiency. Valeo has made carbon dioxide reduction its primary ...

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    Stolen: Zero S swiped from Fuel promotional tour!

    Zero S electric motorcycle - Click above for high-res image gallery
    If you spot a Zero S electric motorcycle resembling the one pictured above – possibly in the New York Metropolitan area – being driven like it's stolen, chances are it probably was. A sad milestone was met on the ...


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