Posts Tagged ‘gasoline’

Labor Day 2014: U.S. Average Retail Price Of Gasoline

photo by Sébastien Barré (Flickr)

This year, the day before Labor Day (2014), the national average price of gasoline is $3.43 per gallon. Last Labor Day (2013) it was $3.59. You have to go back four years to 2010 to find Labor Day gas prices as low as they are now. You have to go back even further to find the all-time high national average price for gasoline. That would be during President Bush’s last year in office and during the economic meltdown. The all-time high national average price for gasoline (non-inflation adjusted) was $4.11 per gallon on July 7, 2008. Oh yeah, and before…
Read On…

Electric Car Range Anxiety In Perspective, A Response To Tesla’s Musk vs. NYT’s Broder

Tesla Model S - photo by Steve Jurvetson

A war has erupted between Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and New York Times columnist John Broder. Musk takes issue with Broder’s review of the Tesla Model S, and backs it up with data recorded by the test car. I’m not concerned with parsing the details of the feud. I simply want to address the issue of range anxiety. “As I crossed into New Jersey some 15 miles later, I noticed that the estimated range was falling faster than miles were accumulating,” said Broder. “At 68 miles since recharging, the range had dropped by 85 miles, and a little mental…
Read On…

Remember When Republicans Said Rising Gas Prices Were Obama’s Fault?

Cheap Gas! - photo by Lane Pearman

Gas prices have fallen for seven straight weeks. Heading into Memorial Day weekend gas prices are lower than they were a year ago. Remember just a few short months ago when Republicans, especially Republican presidential candidates, were blaming President Obama for high gas prices? In fact, some of them, including Newt Gingrich, accused Obama of wanting higher gas prices so that he could push his agenda of alternative energy. Did they actually believe that a sitting president looking to be reelected would intentionally raise gas prices (if he had such power)?

A Really Inconvenient Truth On The Limits Of Growth

MIT -- The Great Dome - photo by Nietnagel

Australian physicist Graham Turner says we could be heading for economic disaster and population decline by 2030. Turner revisited a study called ‘The Limits to Growth’, conducted 40 years ago by MIT. By using real-world data from 1970 to 2000, Tuner has shown that the study’s original predictions are pretty much on target, which can be seen in the graph below.

Expiration Date: Recollection Of Gas Prices & Federal Deficit

enjoy by jun-10-08 - photo by Kate Tomlinson

Apparently our recollection has a built-in expiration date when it comes to things like the price of gasoline or the federal budget deficit. At least it seems that way when you hear reports about either in the media. The reason I focus on these two items is because they are prominent in the political debate, particularly among Republican presidential candidates.