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Northwest Drivers Using Less Gas

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  A new study shows that drivers in the Northwest are using less gas. 

The study by Sightline Institute says drivers in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington used fewer gallons in 2008 than 2007.  Also, they used less than other parts of the country.

This may be no shock when you think back to 2008 when gas prices got as high as $4.50, and many people were ditching their cars for public transportation or just simply driving less.  However, the amount of gas used has actually been declining for the past decade.

Experts credit more fuel-efficient cars, higher gas prices, and more public transportation options for the drop in fuel usage.