A Million Little Barrels

If Americans are addicted to gasoline, what are the 12 steps to recovery?

It's an irresistible compulsion. Every time the price of gasoline jumps to a new high, I, as well as countless other journalists, serve up a standard list of burning questions that we've kept warm on the hot plate since the last spike. Will the country finally get serious about conservation? Will Detroit go full-tilt producing hybrid cars? Will commuters stay home and work over the Web? And last, this, the big one: What will it take for oil-drunk Americans to finally learn their lesson and sober up? (With its talk about gas-tax holidays and $100 rebates, Congress seems to be answering,...

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