A customer fills up at a gas station in Chillicothe, Ill., in December. Low prices have meant big savings for consumers, but urban planners worry that cheap gas will encourage sprawl. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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$1.22 A Gallon: Cheap Gas Raises Fears Of Urban Sprawl

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A woman fills her car with gas in Woodbridge, Va., on Tuesday. Supplies of crude oil and refined gasoline have driven prices at the pump down, and they're expected to go even lower. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Prices, as seen at a gas station in Woodbridge, Va., on Tuesday, are 21 cents a gallon cheaper than this time last year. The drop violates the historic rule that tension such as that currently between key producers Saudi Arabia and Iran causes the cost of a barrel of oil to rise. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gas prices are displayed at a service station in Leonia, N.J., Nov. 24. Gas is under $2 a gallon across much of the country and the price is expected to remain low next year. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Low Gas Prices Expected To Continue In 2016

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Students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology are learning a technique called "tripping pipe," moving a pipe from a stack into a horizontal position and lowering it down into a well. The students train on a practice drilling rig to learn how to be roustabouts. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

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Cushing, Okla., is a major oil storage site. Amid record oil production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

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The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which connects Purcell and Lexington, Okla., is closed for repair in March 2014. A handful of states have raised their gas taxes in part to fund transportation projects like bridge and road repairs. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

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Traffic moves along Route 21 in downtown Newark, N.J., where a gas station lists the price for regular unleaded gasoline at $1.72. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Looking For Even Cheaper Gas? Go Generic At An Indie Station

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The price of jet fuel has dropped, but airlines are still adding fuel surcharges to the price of many tickets. Many other industries that use large amounts of fuel, like shipping and delivery services, have also maintained extra fuel fees. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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With Oil Prices So Low, What's That Fuel Surcharge For, Exactly?

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Jed Brown drives 100 miles each day to work between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Cheaper gas is making his commute more manageable, but he doesn't expect the low prices to last. Uri Berliner/NPR hide caption

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For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute

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Larry Coleman, a salesman with Trudeau's Marine, talks to Bill Floren and Kimberly Abramski at the 55th Annual Portland Boat Show on Jan. 7 in Oregon. Lower fuel costs are projected to boost boat sales this year. Kristyna Wentz-Graff/The Oregonian/Landov hide caption

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Lower Gas Prices, Faster Economy Float Boating Industry

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Dodge Ram pickup trucks await customers Jan. 5 on the lot at Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Morrow, Ga. Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Low Gas Prices Give SUV Sales A Boost, But Automakers Take Long View

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U.S. gasoline prices have fallen sharply since last summer, driven by surging oil production and other factors. The price for a barrel of U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell below $50 Monday. David N. Goodman/AP hide caption

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The lowest gas prices in years are seen Wednesday on a fuel sign in Lawrence, Kan. A day later, OPEC decided to maintain current production levels, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the pump. Orlin Wagner/AP hide caption

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Pumpjacks at the Inglewood oil fields in California in March. Some of the most controversial methods of oil extraction, like fracking, oil sands production and Arctic drilling, are also expensive. That's made them less profitable as the price of oil continues to fall. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

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