Why is America's oil consumption approximately back to 1999 levels? Expensive oil is driving technological and consumer change.
For example, in the same month that the Prius became the best selling vehicle in California, the Chevy Volt set a new monthly sales record. www.plugincars.com/chevy-volt-sales-set-record-october-2012-nissan-leaf-rises-occasion-125104.html. And the same people who predicted confidently that the Prius would flop have said the same about the Volt.
Yet, in October, 2,961 Volts sold! That's the third month in a row that Volt sales have exceed 2,800 cars or nearly triple the 1,108 that sold in October 2011. The Volt already is on its way toward being among the better selling vehicles in the US.
Booming sales of hybrids and plug-in vehicles as well as rising use of gas and biofuels to power vehicles show that our addiction to oil can be beaten!