When gas prices are high, policymakers tend wring their hands, assign blame and propose policies that provide no immediate help to consumers. But what about helping Americans drive less? Could getting out of your car make a difference?

In this video clip, Amy Myers Jaffe, the Baker Institute's Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, discusses how a concerted effort to promote telecommuting and reduced driving could substantially reduce the price of gasoline. Consumers, she contends, have more power to affect the price of gasoline than they often realize.

Jaffe also serves as director of the Baker Institute Energy Forum, as well as associate director of the Rice Energy Program. Jaffe's research focuses on oil geopolitics, strategic energy policy including energy science policy, and energy economics. Jaffe was formerly senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly.