According to an article written by Daniel Whitten for Bloomberg , Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, says a climate bill recently passed by the House of Representatives will raise gas prices at the pump by 77 cents/gal. Gerard has based this estimate on a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study. The CBO study, which was released June 5, says the bill would produce $845.6 billion in revenue and cost consumers $821.2 billion through 2019 in the form of free allowances for industry, tax breaks for low income households, and investment in cleaner forms of energy. A quote attributed to US Representative Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who helped write the bill, sums up the democrats’ view that the bill will “get our planet out of the red, while helping to put our budget back in black.” This view, according to Gerard, is more than optimistic. Gerard believes the measure puts too much of the burden on the oil and gas sector and that in addition to raising gasoline prices, it will raise the cost of a gallon of jet fuel by up to 83 cents/gal and diesel fuel by 88 cents/gal. “The $846 billion price tag on emission allowances – borne disproportionately by oil consumers – will drive up costs of producing and refining gasoline, diesel, and other fuel products while doing nothing to protect fuel consumers,” Gerard said. The republicans appear to agree with Gerard. A statement issued by the office of House Republican Leader John Boehner says this move creates “new national energy taxes that will affect every American” and “provides no relief for most of the middle class.” If Gerard and the republicans are correct in their predictions, Americans will have to conserve at a level that far exceeds the conservation measures most are exercising at present. All the more reason, perhaps, to participate in an event scheduled for June 18 called “Dump the Pump Day,” which is being sponsored by The American Public Transportation Association. The objective of the day is to cut down on gasoline consumption. As part of the promotion for the big day, The American Public Transportation Association is guiding people to a Web site that will help assist in conserving energy and will help consumers find the most frugal gasoline prices in their area. The site provides the free online cost savings service, including a free gas tool that shows where to find the cheapest stations along your commute. According to The American Public Transportation Association, the price of gas can vary as much as 50 cents/gal in one neighborhood. And the price is always changing. BillShrink can save commuters an average of $130/year by continuously finding the cheapest gas stations close to people’s home, work, and other routes. Since prices change from week to week, users of this service can receive updates on the best stations along a specified route. Promoters of Dump the Pump give some interesting suggestions for cutting costs. • Take public transport or car pool to go to work and walk to neighborhood shops for your errands; • Drive at a reasonable speed. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional 20 cents/gal for gas; • Use cruise control on the highway for better fuel management. A car engine is more fuel efficient when it runs at a consistent speed; • Avoid letting your car become your closet. Take everything out of the car that you don’t need so your engine doesn’t have to work as hard. When packing for a road trip, try to keep luggage inside the vehicle rather than strapping it to the roof, where it creates wind resistance and more drag; and • Keep up with regular maintenance. Simple things such as changing the engine air filter as needed can improve gas mileage as much by 10%.