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GOVERNMENT OFFERS TIPS
TO LOWER GASOLINE BILLS

The Bush administration said last week it had no quick fix to reduce gasoline prices at the pump and instead rolled out a campaign to tell consumers how to lower their motor fuel expenses.

The campaign comes as the national price for gasoline topped $2 a gallon this week for the first time. Pump costs are forecast to go even higher as the peak summer driving season gets under way at the end of the month.

"There is no quick fix to the energy situation that we face," David Garman, the assistant energy secretary in charge of energy savings programs, said at a press conference to unveil the year-long consumer campaign.

"Government cannot wave a magic wand and reduce the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude several dollars," he said. WTI is the benchmark for U.S. crude oil prices, which account for about half the cost of gasoline.

The Energy Department joined forces with the Alliance to Save Energy to provide consumers with information on how to reduce their energy consumption and expenses at home, at work and on the road.

"Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our nation's tight energy supplies and decrease pollution simultaneously," said Alliance President Kateri Callahan.

The government's tips to reduce gasoline consumption and save money include:

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