Anyone who drives in Ascension Parish or the surrounding areas has seen an ever so slight bit of relief at the gas pumps, with the price of fuel slowly receding in the past two weeks.


Anyone who drives in Ascension Parish or the surrounding areas has seen an ever so slight bit of relief at the gas pumps, with the price of fuel slowly receding in the past two weeks.

This drop is a welcome site, after a $4 per-gallon price tag had many fuming. However, don’t be fooled by the decline. We’re still a long way from salvation when it comes to fuel prices.

Many of us have already began to find alternative ways to travel. According to a report Monday from the Federal Highway Administration, Americans drove 9.6 billion fewer miles in May compared with a year earlier.  The study shows that in the first four months of this year, Americans traveled 40.5 billion miles less compared with the same period in 2007. Public transit is not an option here in Ascension Parish, but perhaps it should be.

Even with a slight decrease, many automobile manufacturers are still trying to cut costs. Monday, General Motors announced it would will cut production by another 117,000 vehicles, citing continued weak in consumer demand for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

This announcement hits home in Louisiana, as one of the major GM?truck and SUV assembly plants is located in Shreveport. GM spokesman Tony Sapienza said the Detroit-based automaker will achieve the cuts by eliminating one shift each at its Moraine, Ohio, and Shreveport plants. Most of the cuts will affect production of trucks and sport utility vehicles.

We hope that the decreased demand will continue to drop gas prices, but we also know that more must be done to rectify the situation.