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Total Petroleum Usage

Total Distillates by Year

Over the past several years people have dropped out of the labour force at an astounding, almost unbelievable rate, holding the unemployment rate artificially low. Some of this was due to major revisions last month on account of the 2010 census finally factored in. However, most of it is simply economic weakness.

This recovery is far weaker than the decline in unemployment suggests. Gasoline usage is consistent with that thesis.

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  • Hans Nieder on September 12 2012 said:
    This is coupled with increase energy efficiency...
    The per capital use of energy has been on a twenty year decline and this, in no small measure also means the need for less energy..

    I also expect the decline to continue, as the high cost of petrol drives even more efficiency..

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