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Perhaps we're talking about moving the goal posts here, but BusinessWeek has an article out today that figures the breaking point for getting American consumers to change their car shopping and lifestyle habits is, drumroll, $4 a gallon. I'm sure no one was predicting that precise line ten years ago when average prices were around $1.20 a gallon and SUVs were flying out the door. Perhaps at that time the economists thought $2.50 would be the point of no return, but that's come and gone and here

On NPR's All Thing's Considered this afternoon, one of the pieces was on the increasing gas prices, and how the upward trend is happening about three weeks earlier than is common for the summer spike. This article, from the San Francisco Gate/AP, says since crude oil is back up to over $60 a barrel, gas prices, particularly in California and Hawaii, are starting to top $3-a-gallon, and the AP found drivers across the country who are taking the bus or thinking about starting to research hybrid ve

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