I heard on the truck radio as I was returning from the hospital yesterday, that it was a fact. National consumption of Gasoline has fallen by 800,000 barrels/day. and no new drilling required, and no new refineriers needing to be built----WAAAAY TO GO USA!!!. I still see a lot of empty spaces on the city buses, come on people, lets leave the old gas mobile in the garage and take advantage of the many available metropolitan buses, subways, & trains . Sure its a shock and at first seems awkward and dumb----but hey, come the end of the month and the old checking account ain't screaming for mercy anymore??---the money saved might easily cover the cost of a new plasma TV maybe-----hell bet you all can come up with a nice long list of what "Santa" can now afford at those savings??
I'm in my 70's, yet I can still walk a few blocks to get a qt of milk, or (in my case more likely) a 12 pack of beer. The exercise is good for me, and it also allows me to kinda see my neighborhood like one can't when driving.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to compute that if one HAS to drive to the Library to return books, it would be a good time to also to stop and get some shopping done, in that one has to drive right past certain stores to get to the library, and thereby save making separate trips. None of the above really threatens one's life style---come on people lets chopped another 800,000 barrels off the old oil bill---maybe then "They" might start listening to us??