The data on driving is that for nearly a decade, Americans are driving less – especially younger drivers. With an added drop in vehicle sales and issued driver licenses, some researchers and reporters suggest that the US may have passed “peak car” – and that America’s infatuation with driving may have hit its zenith in the 1990s.
Jordan Weissmann is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he wrote about the concept of “peak car”.
Emily Badger, is a staff writer for The Atlantic Cities, she’s also covered the “peak car” phenomenon.
The rising cost of oil isn't just a hit to the family budget. Businesses are hurt, too. Few are more affected than firms like FedEx. It deploys nearly 700 planes and tens of thousands of trucks and vans every day to deliver packages around the world. And few business leaders are more focused on finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuels than FedEx CEO Fred Smith.
Shortly after Smith founded Federal Express, the 1973 Arab oil embargo almost killed it. The experience imprinted Smith with a keen interest in the price and availability of oil.
The temperature isn't the only thing that seems to be rising lately in the Granite State, so are gas prices. The cost of a gallon has gone up by about 20 cents in the last month and it shows no signs of slowing down. Some are predicting that by the summer we may be paying upwards of 5 dollars for a gallon of gas. Global energy markets blame harsh weather in Europe, tensions with Iran and a cutback in exports from such countries as Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. Some suggest that higher gas prices may not only affect the average driver's wallet, but upcoming political races as well, as we