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Transportation Costs Force Universities and Students to Wise Upnew

Colorado's higher education outlets are shifting to accommodate suffering students via online courses. The University of Colorado at Boulder alone reported a 20 percent jump in online and distance-learning enrollment from last summer to this summer.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Mandy Moench  |  08-19-2008  |  Education

Guess Whose Diet is Most Affected By High Gas Pricesnew

Though many vegans are inspired in part by kindness toward the Earth and its creatures, they are now finding that their diet is very dependent on cheap gas.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Boyce Upholt  |  08-19-2008  |  Food+Drink

Memo to McCain: Offshore Drilling Won't Reduce Gas Pricesnew

McCain -- who has accepted more than $1 million from Big Oil donors -- is hoping that voters who are outraged by the high cost of gas will support his desire to find new domestic sources of oil and natural gas. But according to the "official energy statistics" from the federal government's Energy Information Administration, there isn't enough oil in the "off-limits" offshore areas to make a dent in world supplies or the cost of gas.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  07-25-2008  |  Environment

What the Hell Will it Take to Get You Out of Your Car?new

It's crossroads time for Sacramento Regional Transit. Rising gas prices and I-5 construction have raised demand for public transit through the roof -- but the system is completely unable to handle the demand.
Sacramento News & Review  |  Cosmo Garvin  |  07-22-2008  |  Transportation

Zipcar Founder Robin Chase on the Coming Apocolypsenew

The car-pooling and -sharing entrepreneur discusses climate concerns, historical fiascos and how even Boston's sports triumphs have an environmental impact.
Dig Boston  |  Alyssa Martino  |  07-16-2008  |  Transportation

Does Anyone Know Why Our Gas Prices are So High?new

Greg Brenzel finally left the gas business in October, 35 years after his family opened its first Chevron station in Louisville. It wasn't so much his choice, he says, as Chevron's: The supplier priced Brenzel out of business.
LEO Weekly  |  Stephen George  |  07-14-2008  |  Economy

Rising Fuel Prices Finally Catch Up with TARC, Commutersnew

Although TARC ridership has increased by about 6 percent compared with this time last year, the added revenue from fares is not enough to sustain services and routes as they are now.
LEO Weekly  |  Jennifer Oladipo  |  07-14-2008  |  Transportation

Music for Fuel: It's Harder than Ever to Jam Econonew

"Last year, I was worried about getting out to the West Coast with gas at $3.20 a gallon," says Dan McGee, the frontman for heavy-touring Chapel Hill band Spider Bags, "and this year, I'm worried about getting to work."
INDY Week  |  Chris Toenes  |  07-10-2008  |  Music

The Smart Car Comes to Burlingtonnew

At 5.1 by 8.8 feet, a Smart car looks like a contraption you might ride at an amusement park. But a few months ago, after selling for years in Europe and Canada, Smart cars entered the U.S. market.
Seven Days  |  Mike Ives  |  06-20-2008  |  Transportation

Philadelphians are Trading in Their Cars for Scootersnew

It's tough to look manly on a scooter: They're small, they're cute, they're popular in Europe. Our car-obsessed cowboy culture should want nothing to do with them, but it's amazing what $4 a gallon will do to cultural identity.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  John Steele  |  06-16-2008  |  Transportation

Gas Hits $4 a Gallon -- and the End of Oil Isn't Far Down the Roadnew

Suddenly, with $4-per-gallon gas, the public buses fill up, the bike racks are crammed and scooter and hybrid car dealers are looking at enormous back orders.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Dave Maass  |  06-13-2008  |  Economy

San Antonio's Bicyclists Talk About Why They Ridenew

As $4 gallons of gas become the new normal, alternative transportation modes will continue to grow in popularity, if not outright necessity. So if you, too -- for Global Warming, or your kids' college saving fund, or just a nice ass -- are wavering over the gas pedal, maybe you'll find your final bit of inspiration here.
San Antonio Current  |  Mark Jones  |  05-28-2008  |  Transportation

Oil Costs Reshaping the Suburbsnew

Current property values in the U.S., where the subprime-mortgage crisis has unleashed a sea of foreclosures, demonstrate how surging oil prices can affect the real-estate market. Cities with more suburban sprawl are suffering more in terms of depressed prices than denser areas that are less dependent on cars.
The Georgia Straight  |  Carlito Pablo  |  05-19-2008  |  Housing & Development

With Gas Prices on the Rise, National SUV Sales Slipnew

With oil nearing a staggering $126 a barrel for June, data suggests that the American love affair with sports utility vehicles and large cars may be over. National SUV sales for April fell more than 32 percent from last year, and small-car sales rose almost 19 percent.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Shara Clark  |  05-16-2008  |  Transportation

The Perfect Food Shortagenew

With the United Nations aboard the local/organic bandwagon, global agriculture and distribution systems may get an assist in a more sustainable direction.
San Antonio Current  |  Ari LeVaux  |  05-07-2008  |  Food+Drink

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