It's a gas gas gas

An exploration of record U.S. gas prices


Andrew Leonard
May 29, 2008 5:55PM (UTC)

My sparse blogging this week is partially explained by my Salon feature published today, "Why is gas so expensive?"

I am accused by commenters of being too easy on the oil companies and not paying enough attention to the falling value of the dollar -- both of which are reasonable criticisms.

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But I'd like to add one note, in response to a reader who criticized me for calling China's appetite for oil "bottomless." Yes, the U.S. still dwarfs China, in terms of absolute consumption of oil, but the relevant metric is this: demand for oil is dropping in the U.S. In China, it is rising at a growth rate that beggars description, when extrapolated over just a few more decades. But I still think, just as high prices are changing behavior in the U.S., so too will they eventually affect Chinese consumption patterns.


Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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