America's Thirst for Gasoline Slackens, Never to Return

Three underlying trends mean the United States might never use as much gas again

Published: 05-Feb-2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The United States used more gasoline than ever in 2007 and far more than any other country. It seemed as if America’s growing appetite for gas would go on forever.

Well, it won’t -- and things may never be the same.

Gasoline consumption has been down the last two years, in part because of the recession. Even when the economy picks up, three underlying trends mean the United States might never use as much gas again:

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