I found the stat I was looking for about the effect of conservation on gas prices. Courtesy of Geoffrey Styles:
> If we all drove just 12 miles less per week, fuel demand would fall by 5%, the equivalent of almost half a million barrels per day, or all the ethanol produced last year. The impact of that on gas prices would be much more dramatic than waiting for someone else to fix the problem.
The whole post is interesting. The basic premise is that in the short run, the only possible way to lower gas prices is to curb demand through conservation and efficiency. This could be true in the long run as well, given the realities of the oil market.
Speaking of curbing demand: sign our gas tax petition. We’re over 2,500 signatures now.