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September sales of SUVs were down sharply

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 05, 2005

September sales of SUVs were down sharply from last year. “Sales of F-Series pickup trucks plunged 30 percent. Sales of Ford’s large SUVs, including the Ford Explorer and Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator, sank by more than 55 percent each. At GM, overall sales of trucks, minivans and SUVs dropped 30 percent.” Most blame the $1/gal difference in gas prices from a year ago, but auto execs blame poor inventory after summer sales. Perhaps everyone went to the movies instead of car shopping.

Suroweicki on gas prices and Katrina: “Americans

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 20, 2005

Suroweicki on gas prices and Katrina: “Americans are happy with the free market when it allows them to buy cheap T-shirts and twenty-nine-dollar DVD players, but they tend to like it less when they have to pay fifty dollars to fill up their gas tanks.”

According to this chart, the price of

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 06, 2005

According to this chart, the price of a gallon of gasoline in NYC rose about 70 cents in the 5 days after Katrina…that’s one of the steepest increases I could find.

A table of gas prices from around

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 18, 2005

A table of gas prices from around the world. A gallon of gas in Amsterdam is $6.48 while it’s only $0.12 in Venezuela. It’s always so weird to see these types of lists where the US has more in common with Third World and non-democratic countries than with Europe, Japan, etc. (via rw)

And what the heck is “peak oil” anyway?

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 06, 2005

And what the heck is “peak oil” anyway?. Peak oil “predicts that future world oil production will soon reach a peak and then rapidly decline”.

Good multi-part essay and analysis of peak oil

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 06, 2005

Good multi-part essay and analysis of peak oil.

Maybe the high price of oil isn’t

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 25, 2005

Maybe the high price of oil isn’t such a bad thing. “When you look closely, it is hard to know what effect, exactly, oil prices have on the economy.”