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Gas Consumption Rises

— California drivers bought more gas during the fourth quarter of 2010 than they did in the three previous quarters.

The California Board of Equalization tracks consumption because the state taxes every gallon sold. The Board's Anita Gore said gasoline consumption inched up slightly, but that happened when prices were much lower.

Diesel consumption is more troubling, said Gore, because filling stations sold 2 percent less.

"The transportation of goods is done by diesel truck, mostly bringing things from the port inland. And as that activity goes down diesel consumption goes down," said Gore.

Fuel consumption is expected to continue to fall as prices go up, said Gore.

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