posted on Jun, 12 2014 @ 12:15 PM
This is a big, DUH!! by now. The US economy can't handle gas over ~120 a barrel, hence the reason why the price is lower here than over in Asia. Asia
is willing to pay higher prices. It's not pure supply and demand anymore, it's a bit more complicated. People are simply not willing to pay over a
threshold, and the miles drop if we breach that threshold.
All over the world bikes are selling faster than automobiles, and we've divested out of oil into other energy sources. Nearly 40% of world energy
came from oil a decade ago, now it's down to nearly 30%. It would be interesting to see how many miles were walked, and biked as a percentage
increase as the miles on automobiles decreased.
People are now cooking at home more, drinking at home more, and in general just staying in, or locally, within walking/biking distance. You'll see
more of this over the decade, as peak net energy turns more into major energy declines.