High Gas Prices Are Turning the United States Into Europe


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Grist's Christopher Mims parses a New York Times report that analyzes how American consumers are responding to rising gas prices. The conclusion? They're slowly becoming more efficient, more densely urban, and more European. We're starting to do stuff like:

- Live closer to work
- Repair their tools instead of buying new ones
- Use mass transit
- Buy less gasoline overall (down one percent since last year)
- Buy new, fuel-efficient cars
- Shop locally instead of making long trips to the big-box stores

Sorry, Europhobes and blustery GOP pols. There's nothing you can do about it now -- gas prices are only going to keep on rising. Read the rest at Grist.

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