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Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic as of late, both for consumers looking to ease their financial and environmental burdens and for automakers hoping to meet the latest round of government-mandated mileage requirements. A few months ago in late March – importantly, that means the survey was conducted before the major disaster and oil spill in the Gulf – the Consumer Federation of America found that most U.S. citizens support a major shift towards increased fuel mileage standards.

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Two years ago, the price of oil was shooting to highs of over 100 dollars a barrel. Today, it's not quite that high, but the price of a barrel of crude did hit $86.62 this week, its highest point in 17 months, thanks (?) in part to "growth in American jobs and service industries signaled that the economy is recovering," as Bloomberg put it. A related increase came in the S&P 500, which went up 0.8 percent to 1,187.44.

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While it's certainly possible to run automobiles on natural gas instead of gasoline (see the Civic GX), there is a decided lack of natural gas vehicles in the U.S. This might become a problem that needs solving, quick, if an analysis in Ground Report turns out to be accurate. The fear? That the price of oil will plummet from its current price of around $70-$75 to $30.

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Explaining the ups and downs of the price of oil requires either a PhD and/or an ability to craft a good story. The French institute Enerdata has found another factor that anyone who wants to tell the full tale should take note of: CO2 regulations can affect global oil prices. Perhaps someone should tell the EPA.

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Getting used to cheap gas prices? Experts have been warning that they are not going to last and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is doing its part to prop 'em back up. Today, OPEC unleashed a plan to drastically cut oil production by an astounding 2.2 million barrels per day - the largest cut ever - after already dropping oil production by another 2 million barrels per day just a short time ago. This move once again proves that oil is a supply and demand market and is in

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Photo by Michael (mx5tx). Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

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The price for a barrel of Crude for October delivery rose $16.37, or 15.7%, to close at $120.92 by the end of today's trading in New York. Why? There doesn't actually appear to be any one particular reason, with speculation of an improving economy due to the Bush administration's hopeful ability to revitalize the struggling financial sector and overall economy taking top honors. This spike represents the largest ever pricing increase for oil in the history of trading. Most analysts seem to belie

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Nobody wants to pay more for fuel than they need to. This may especially be true in the UK where, due in large part to heavy taxes, both gas and diesel are much more expensive than they are in the States. Regardless of how much it's taxed, though, as the price for a barrel of crude goes down, so should the cost of fuel for the end consumer, at least in theory. It seems that this isn't entirely the case across the pond, where an investigation is currently underway into current fuel prices. When c

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Lately, record oil prices have been a daily topic here on AutoblogGreen because every day the old record, set the previous day, is being beaten out by the day's closing price. Guess what? We're back at it today. That's right, a barrel of oil passed the $110 plateau for the first time ever. This latest price increase comes despite there being a surplus of oil available, which caused a brief dip in oil trading prices early in the day, and the fact that the demand for gasoline has remained mostly f

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