Thirsty Minivans Help Keep Opec In The Driver's Seat

Oil prices are up 40% since February, American energy demand is rising, and U.S. crude production seems headed for a 35-year low--not enough to satisfy even 40% of domestic consumption. To these worrisome trends, add one other: Economist Irwin L. Kellner of Chemical Banking Corp. reports that U.S. fuel efficiency is declining.

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