High Gas Prices To Help The Tech Industry?

from the all-depends dept

We've already talked about how high gas prices may be pushing more people to shop online and to telecommute, but what about its overall impact on the tech industry? Some are saying that it's actually going to be a huge boost. There are a few reasons for this. First, the tech industry doesn't rely on oil/gas nearly as much as many other industries. That's not to say there isn't some reliance on it, but it's not as important. Second, as mentioned above, it could push for more telecommuting and online shopping, both of which can help tech companies. In general, technology can often be used in ways that help people avoid traveling -- and if gas prices make people not want to travel, that can clearly be a boost. Of course, thinking even farther out, high gas prices could help the tech industry by generating more interest in alternative engine technology as well.
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    Pete Austin, 19 Sep 2005 @ 6:29am

    Gas Prices matter more in America

    As so often, dorpus has this entirely wrong, because Americans pay much more for gas than Europeans. India of course has low wages.

    The "pump price" for American gasoline is less, but this advantage is more-than cancelled out because average American citizens buy five times as much fuel as average Europeans.

    1) European cars are 50% more efficient than American equivalents,
    2) few Europeans drive SUVs and a lot of them drive diesel, and
    3) many European cities are more compact
    Gas prices too high? Try Europe.

    If you wonder why some Europeans criticize America for being wasteful, read the article.

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