A gas price survey conducted for an
advocacy group that wants more fuel-efficient vehicles in the U.S.
has concluded that Americans will begin to cut back on travel at if
gas prices hit $3.50 a gallon this summer.
The Civil Society
Institute of Massachusetts hired Opinion Research Corp. to conduct
a poll of more than 1,000 drivers.
that personal spending, including summer and year-end holiday
travel, will suffer at expected price increases, according to the
But AAA spokesman
Mike Pina said that while the American Automobile Association saw
similar predictions in its own surveys last year, when summer gas
prices topped out around $3 a gallon, high prices didnt have a
significant impact on summer travel.
We are predicting
a 1.5% increase in travel this summer, even with higher gas prices,
said Pina. Though gas prices are rising, the automobile is still
the least expensive way to travel.
Graham Hueber, a
senior research associate with ORC, said that an overwhelming
majority of those surveyed said they were seeing price gouging at
percent of women and 77% of men said they believe that there is
price gouging, he said.
He also said that
more than 25% of those surveyed believed gas prices might go to $4
a gallon before the summer is over.
more fuel-efficient vehicles, and want them long before Congress
plans to encourage such production 10 years from now with new
federal mileage standards, said Pam Solo, president and founder of
the Civil Society Institute of Massachusetts.
We hope that all
the Washington experts who want to wait until 2017 or 2018 to
increase federal mileage standards see the results of this survey,
We can and should
take bold action now to reduce our addiction to Middle Eastern oil
and to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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