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Motorists are angry, but they’re still driving (and limiting other purchases)

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  • Doug Salzmann
    Notwithstanding the wisdom of the experts, Americans *can* make longer-term decisions that will change their driving habits and fuel-buying patterns. Are
    Message 1 of 1 , May 16, 2007
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      Notwithstanding the wisdom of the "experts," Americans *can* make
      longer-term decisions that will change their driving habits and
      fuel-buying patterns.

      Are they? Will they?

      Anecdotal information here in San Francisco and Marin suggests that
      they may be beginning to do so. Is the same true where you live?


      -Doug


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      From Associated Press:

      [Snip]

      Most Americans are locked into their driving habits, and can do little
      to alter their fuel-buying patterns when prices rise, experts say. For
      example, the number of workers with commutes lasting longer than 60
      minutes grew by almost 50 percent from 1990 to 2000, according to
      Census Department data.

      But that usually means they have to cut back elsewhere, as Wal-Mart
      Stores Inc. is finding to its distress. The world's largest retailer
      said Tuesday that earnings in the current quarter will fall short of
      Wall Street expectations, in part because of higher gas prices.

      Full article:

      <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18682561/>
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