I'm sorry if I can't really bring more to the conversation than this article: These Charts Better Not Reflect The True State Of The US Economy | Zero Hedge I really feel the need to post this, as it finally shows what we've all been feeling, as we pay for gas and try to get back and forth between the places we MUST travel to for food, work, loved ones, shelter, etc. Public transport may work for a SELECT few, who happen to live close to where they (luckily for now) are working. The big question is, can this be attributed to the overall effeciency of our vehicles? First, graphs 1 and two only deal with gasoline products- so that leaves out diesel commercial fleets and such- ups, fed ex, etc. But graph 3 shows the millions of miles driven, and although it is going down, we are still driving A LOT of miles. Unlike Europe, our citys, towns, and industries are spread out, with a great potential for long commute times between where we work (if you are lucky enough) and where we live. This graph (#3) shows that we still drive quite a bit. Has efficiency gone up? Yes, it has but only shifted the paradyme somewhat- what happens to that damn prius when the battery packs performance degrade to where they start to become as efficient as my Jeep 18-20 MPG? It's going to happen, it is just a matter of time. Wanna pay $10K to replace them? Anyway, graph #4 shows a more telling story. Did the Lehman failure spur a sizeable increase in effeciency? Did the debt ceiling/AAA+ to AAA rating debacle spur another sizeable efficiency increase? I think not. Just why do I feel compelled to write this post? I think someone finally found some numbers that aren't artificially manipulated or hoperized. I'm just a dumb construction worker (electrician) now going to college for nursing. I'm sure there are a few of you out there that are closer to the industry and have an insight into what is actually going on in a much better way than I can express. What do you all think about it?