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In Praise of High Gas Prices

Why sticker shock when filling our cars or our oil tanks is a good thing.

Long pump lines, like this one in Quincy in 1979, did little to deter future gas use.
Long pump lines, like this one in Quincy in 1979, did little to deter future gas use. (Globe Staff File Photo / John Blanding) Globe Staff File Photo / John Blanding
By Thomas M. Keane Jr.
November 20, 2005

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From an inflation-adjusted high of $2.86 in 1981, the price of a gallon of gasoline plummeted to a 50-year low of just $1.23 in 1998. During that time, as documented by the Boston-based think tank MassINC, people in Massachusetts started to move ever farther away from one another and from their jobs. From 1980 to 2000, the number of the ... (Full article: 740 words)

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