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Each 10 cent/gallon Gasoline Price Increase Reduces Highway Deaths by 2.3% (CNN crawler)
CNN ^ | 04/12/11 | Self

Posted on 04/12/2011 7:55:34 PM PDT by Positive

This morning on CNN the "crawler"...those little news items that run on the bottom of the screen while the talking heads or doing what they do, a little item caught my attention.

It said: "Each 10 cents per gallon increase in the price of gasoline decreases the number of highway deaths by 2.3%".

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: economy; gas; media; oil
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I like to fiddle with numbers.

So here goes... Let's say the price of gas is \$4.00 now - if each 10 cents increase reduces the number of highway deaths by 2.3% here is what we can conclude.

100% divided by 2.3 equals approximately 43.5, which means that if gas were increased by 43.5 times 10 cents, that would be a price increase of \$4.35 per gallon.

So the bottom line is if gasoline goes from \$4 to \$8.35 per gallon...there would be no, zip, none, zero, nada highway deaths.

Wouldn't that be great?!?!

So we should put up billboards reading \$8.35/gallon gas eliminates all highway deaths, according to CNN.

Of course, I suppose someone might get on the highway all by himself and try to get to 200 MPH and ruin the perfect number.

1 posted on 04/12/2011 7:55:35 PM PDT by Positive

To: Positive

So....

How many times are going to post this?

;-)

2 posted on 04/12/2011 7:58:28 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Now, More Than Ever.)

To: Positive

## Insert different theme if Republican President:

3 posted on 04/12/2011 8:00:36 PM PDT by CommieCutter (Promote Liberal Extinction: Support gay marriage and abortion!)

To: Positive
I just love the way the liberal freaks just pull numbers out of their ass and they kool-aid drinking followers just believe every lie they are being told.
4 posted on 04/12/2011 8:00:50 PM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (I have the right to remain silent, but I lack the ability...........)

To: Positive

Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

5 posted on 04/12/2011 8:03:56 PM PDT by delacoert

To: Positive
Already posted here
6 posted on 04/12/2011 8:05:23 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Of course Laz would hit it!)

To: Positive

“So the bottom line is if gasoline goes from \$4 to \$8.35 per gallon...there would be no, zip, none, zero, nada highway deaths.”

If that’s the case, I’ll go back to driving drunk once gas hits \$8.35, as I won’t be putting anyone’s life in danger.

7 posted on 04/12/2011 8:05:46 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))

To: JRios1968

Nu Uh.

Pulled.

it’s an ill wind that blows no good

8 posted on 04/12/2011 8:07:37 PM PDT by DManA

To: Positive

It’s true ... if we can get unemployment and gas prices up enough, we can cut highway deaths to levels not seen since the early 1920’s ...

9 posted on 04/12/2011 8:09:11 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)

To: Positive
Regardless of the utter nonsense of the calculation...

I ask one question that exposes the utter calumny and duplicity of the lamestream media:

WOULD THIS BE ON CNN IF BUSH WERE PRESIDENT?

10 posted on 04/12/2011 8:09:18 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")

To: Positive

I guess this means that if we make the price of gasoline high enough (e.g. \$1000/gal ), the death rate in the highway will be zero.

If we want to save lives, why not totally ban driving?? :)

11 posted on 04/12/2011 8:09:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

To: CommieCutter

You made the same point I did, but your picture is worth more than my fewer than a thousand words.

12 posted on 04/12/2011 8:10:36 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")

To: Positive

It also raises taxes in other areas eventually.

Have no fear, its a necessary skyrocket.

13 posted on 04/12/2011 8:13:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))

To: Positive

There are 30,000 to 40,000 automobile deaths in the US per year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year

14 posted on 04/12/2011 8:14:03 PM PDT by jq2

To: Positive

Sooo...let’s have a DEPRESSION...no one will die! /s

15 posted on 04/12/2011 8:15:15 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)

To: DManA

Twas a double post...sigh

16 posted on 04/12/2011 8:16:47 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Of course Laz would hit it!)

To: Positive

Since I started driving when gas was \$0.25/gallon, traffic deaths must be down 81.65% !!!!

17 posted on 04/12/2011 8:18:21 PM PDT by G Larry

To: Positive

The more accurate statement would be that for every 10 cent increase in the price of gas, an additional 2.3% of the population is unable to afford to get where they are going. Eventually we will all be prisoners in our own homes waiting for Obama to allow drilling.

Another story in the news is that on-land oil drilling leaks are polluting the country. They will try to shut that down too.

18 posted on 04/12/2011 8:18:30 PM PDT by excopconservative

To: Positive

If gas goes to \$7.50, then there will be no road fatalities. This will bury the funeral parlor industry.

19 posted on 04/12/2011 8:20:02 PM PDT by o-n-money

To: BobL
If that’s the case, I’ll go back to driving drunk once gas hits \$8.35, as I won’t be putting anyone’s life in danger.

If gasoline goes to \$8.50, a whole lot of us will be heavily drinking to drown our sorrows.

20 posted on 04/12/2011 8:20:10 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)

To: Positive
Let's say the price of gas is \$4.00 now - if each 10 cents increase reduces the number of highway deaths by 2.3% here is what we can conclude.

100% divided by 2.3 equals approximately 43.5, which means that if gas were increased by 43.5 times 10 cents, that would be a price increase of \$4.35 per gallon.

So the bottom line is if gasoline goes from \$4 to \$8.35 per gallon...there would be no, zip, none, zero, nada highway deaths.

Every time the price goes up 10 cents, the size of the 2.3% is smaller. So actually if the rule of a 2.3% drop in deaths for every 10 cents increase held all the way until the price was \$8.35, there would be 0.977 ^ 43.5 = 36% as many highway deaths.

21 posted on 04/12/2011 8:22:37 PM PDT by wideminded

To: Positive
We need lower fuel prices right away!

What About Overpopulation!!!

This bad news with Earth Day right around the bend.

22 posted on 04/12/2011 8:24:21 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)

To: CommieCutter

Totally unrelated - bike accidents increase.

23 posted on 04/12/2011 8:26:30 PM PDT by Flying right

To: Positive

OF course- with prices going up this much - more people will be committing suicide because of going bankrupt/losing jobs/losing homes/etc. than highway deaths “prevented”.

24 posted on 04/12/2011 8:26:51 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)

To: Positive

LMAO! Boy are they desperate to try to make Obama look good. Think you would see this if a Republican was in office? So pathetic!

25 posted on 04/12/2011 8:32:21 PM PDT by Sprite518

To: Positive
So the bottom line is if gasoline goes from \$4 to \$8.35 per gallon...there would be no, zip, none, zero, nada highway deaths.

Extrapolating, if it goes above \$8.35 we should see the creation of new lives.

Then the N.O.W. will organize a protest against gas prices in DC.

26 posted on 04/12/2011 8:34:27 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)

To: Positive

If we raise the price of gas above \$8.35 we will not only save lives, but create them!

27 posted on 04/12/2011 8:36:29 PM PDT by D Rider

To: TheBattman

“OF course- with prices going up this much - more people will be committing suicide because of going bankrupt/losing jobs/losing homes/etc. than highway deaths “prevented.”

I have a feeling that the last gallons of gas that we can afford won’t be going into vehicles.

28 posted on 04/12/2011 8:38:04 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")

To: G Larry

“Since I started driving when gas was \$0.25/gallon, traffic deaths must be down 81.65% !!!!”

I started driving when it was 13.9 cents/gal therefore there are no highway deaths today!

29 posted on 04/12/2011 8:38:43 PM PDT by dalereed

To: Positive
Each 10 cents per gallon increase in the price of gasoline decreases the number of highway deaths by 2.3%

I use my Kroger card to save 10 cents per gallon at the pump. Does this mean I'm increasing the number of highway deaths?
30 posted on 04/12/2011 8:40:28 PM PDT by weef

To: delacoert

corrolation IS NOT causation

As buggy whip sales have dropped over time, traffic deaths have increased dramatically.
All Americans should be required to purchase buggy whips to reduce traffic deaths. Kinda like mandatory heath insurance will decrease illnesses. \sarc

31 posted on 04/12/2011 8:46:13 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)

To: Positive

I guess we all need to drive with a higher blood alcohol to bring that average back up.

32 posted on 04/12/2011 8:46:30 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)

To: Positive
The GED is working it's magic in the CNN newsroom I see.

Death rates will exceed 99% sometime in this generation if we go on like this! We had better do something now.

33 posted on 04/12/2011 8:47:03 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)

To: Positive
So the bottom line is if gasoline goes from \$4 to \$8.35 per gallon...there would be no, zip, none, zero, nada highway deaths.

So if it ever goes above \$8.35 we should see the creation of new lives.

The N.O.W. will mob D.C. to protest gas prices.

34 posted on 04/12/2011 8:50:52 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)

To: dalereed

Great Job!
I was hoping somebody could pick up my slack!

Eliminating all traffic death could get Obama re-elected......./sarc

35 posted on 04/12/2011 8:53:02 PM PDT by G Larry

To: weef

It does if you’re white. You get a waiver though if you have ordered a Volt. That will only increase deaths by electricity power station combustion by 3.2%. Arc Flash incidents from battery mishaps will be covered under Obamacare. Anyone buying a GM product also gets coupons which can be redeemed by your in network healthcare provider for 3 dialysis sessions, one root canal, or six abortions at Planned Parenthood.

36 posted on 04/12/2011 8:54:16 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)

To: Positive

So, according to the pinheads, we should be saving about 35% more lives? Ignorant and stupid liberals.

37 posted on 04/12/2011 8:54:34 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)

To: Nitehawk0325

I wonder who the unlucky .23% is? Lost an arm, leg, balls, but lived?

38 posted on 04/12/2011 8:57:03 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

To: CodeToad

I’m beginning to think that 24/7 news media television networks really just mean that if you watch them 24/7, your IQ will settle out at 3.4285. Or if you want to show how smart you still are, 3R4.

39 posted on 04/12/2011 9:00:57 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)

To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

The .23% are those death merchants who squeeze off another 1/2 gallon after the pump auto stops because your tank is full.

40 posted on 04/12/2011 9:02:49 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)

To: Sooth2222

So if it ever goes above \$8.35 we should see the creation of new lives.

Well if gas was over \$8.35 a gallon, people would spend less time driving and more time in the backseat...if you know what I mean. :)

41 posted on 04/12/2011 9:08:16 PM PDT by Sapper26 (Political Refugee From the Obamanation)

To: Sapper26

How low would it have to go to kill everyone?

42 posted on 04/12/2011 9:13:24 PM PDT by ltc8k6

To: Positive

The reason a 10 cent per gallon increase reduces deaths by 2.3%, is that 2.3% of you can no longer afford to be on the road, or, we collectively drive 2.3% less because of that very 10 cent per gallon increase.

43 posted on 04/12/2011 9:14:30 PM PDT by Bshaw (Atlas Shrugged 4.15.11)

To: CommieCutter

Different theme, exactly. Few days ago I was in the office where the tv was turned to Commie News Network (as it always is) and the story was comparing US gas prices to European gas prices, as if to say - look, you complaining whiny americans have it great, just look at what the euro’s are paying for gas.

Of course, no such stories were evident in 2008 when W was in office and the price of gas was skyrocketing that spring and summer. It was all “W and his oil buddies profiteering!! 24/7

44 posted on 04/12/2011 9:19:18 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals: drooling buffoons (politicians/media/ bureaucrats) backed by satanic goons (union thugs).)

To: wideminded
Every time the price goes up 10 cents, the size of the 2.3% is smaller. So actually if the rule of a 2.3% drop in deaths for every 10 cents increase held all the way until the price was \$8.35, there would be 0.977 ^ 43.5 = 36% as many highway deaths.

Well, yes that's true but that's using the correct math and there's no excitement in that.

45 posted on 04/12/2011 9:20:39 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)

To: Positive

Facts are so un-cool don’t cha know! LOL

46 posted on 04/12/2011 9:21:21 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)

To: Positive

Some common Dem themes over the last couple years:
* High unemployment is a “funcation” where you get to be home with your family.
* Paying unemployment benefits grows the economy
* High gas prices are good for us because nobody driving means nobody gets killed in car accidents
* Nuclear war is good because mass deaths of people will result in less CO2 being emitted
* The government paying for health care for another 30 million people is going to reduce health care costs for the nation as a whole
* We can spend our way to prosperity

Is there one single solitary thing the Dems do or propose that makes sense?

47 posted on 04/12/2011 9:23:20 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

To: wideminded

Yes, indeed.

If we assume that free gasoline results in the death of everyone who drives and that each 10 cent increase results in 2.3% fewer deaths, my calculations show that we will reach the nirvana of zero deaths at \$42.50/gallon.

Oh, happy day! Everyone will live forever.

48 posted on 04/12/2011 9:26:33 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)

To: ltc8k6

“How low would it have to go to kill everyone?”

I’m not exactly sure on that number.

But I’m quite certain that the liberal plan to open the strategic reserves to lower domestic prices would be equivalent, at CNN’s level of thinking, to Saddam gassing one of his own villages.

49 posted on 04/12/2011 9:31:07 PM PDT by BuddhaBrown (Path to enlightenment: Four right turns, then go straight until you see the Light!)

To: Positive

That’s super! The things you learn in a Dem-held presidency. Funemployment. Staycation. The benefits of expensive fuel.

50 posted on 04/12/2011 9:31:50 PM PDT by RAR

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