Think this article came out in Sept 2003. If I read it correctly, the average American family is paying three times for gas over what they paid in 2000. This definitely is a drag on the U.S. economy, but the article points out the percentage of SUV's increased from 5% in 1990 to 55% in 2003. Article substiantes what is common knowledge - America has wasted - not conserved energy. Newsweek article. This thread is probably in the wrong forum.