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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:12 PM
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Gas prices rise for 45 straight days
Edited on Fri Jun-12-09 07:15 PM by steven johnson
Source: USA Today

NEW YORK (AP) Gas prices rose Friday for the 45th consecutive day as summer travelers hit the highways and refineries hold back on fuel production.

Retail gas typically rises with demand during the summer driving season. But this year those dynamics have changed somewhat. The government expects motorists to drive billions fewer miles as an expanding population of unemployed workers stays home.

Oil prices have more than doubled since March even though demand is down for the year and American storage tanks are bloated with a huge surplus.

And then there is the money flooding in from Wall Street. Investors fleeing the falling U.S. currency have parked a lot of money in commodity markets. Because crude is priced in dollars, it also gets cheaper for investors overseas.




Read more: www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-06-12-gas-prices_N.ht...



Supply and demand are irrelevant. Refiners operated at 85.9% capacity last week, which is very low for this time of year. Oil prices have more than doubled since March even though demand is down for the year and reserves are bloated.

Speculators are parking their money in oil, expecting the dollar to drop in value. With the Fed printing money, would you bet against them?
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RantinRavin Donating Member (423 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:14 PM
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1. Expecting ???
There is no doubt it is going to drop.
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madaboutharry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:14 PM
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2. Gas is down 7 cents around here.
Last week it was $2.84 a gallon and today it was $2.77. What a bargain.
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3waygeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:19 PM
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3. Up and down here in Atlanta...
went down a bit earlier this week, then up again at the weekend. My local QT went from $2.329 last night to $2.499 this AM.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:20 PM
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4. Just remember the "free market" is completely objective.
There is no manipulation or speculation going on here, none.
:sarcasm:
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:37 PM
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11. +1000
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:29 PM
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5. "Smirk" - Republicon Homelander Oil Cronies
Edited on Fri Jun-12-09 07:29 PM by SpiralHawk
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:38 PM
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6. Oceans 13
When prices started coming down last election (just like they did around the 2006 elections), I felt what we were experiencing was a lot like one of the final scenes of that movie. The earth moves caused a faux earth quake that wasn't quite great enough to scare everyone out of the hotel, so they 'hit it again' until it did.
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merwin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-13-09 05:58 AM
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14. Prices fluxuate the same way every year.
With a few exceptions, gas prices drop dramatically in August/September every year and go up steadily in January.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-14-09 07:13 AM
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15. Not *That* Much
Not by 50%, two election cycles in a row.
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rsmith6621 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:10 PM
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7. Two Local Gas Stations Have....


......80% of their pumps covered up stating out of gas.......I went inside and told them yesterday...Bullshit!
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rsmith6621 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:11 PM
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8. And when does President Obama.Say......


.....ENOUGH!!!!
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:21 PM
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9. Gas prices are important to me because ironically I have a USA Today motor route.
Gas where I live here in western WI is now a $2.73 a gallon and it was at $2.09 not that long ago.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:29 PM
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10. It was 1.65 when President Obama took office now 2.83
I hope he doesn't let it go up any higher as I won't be able to afford it.
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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:52 PM
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12. Rampant speculation again. Obama admin chicken to take steps.
Might offend big business. What else is new?
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 10:58 PM
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13. Get ready for the next 45 days. n/t
it is not going to be any prettier, b/c they can.

dp
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-14-09 07:17 AM
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16. or else they're trying to further crash the world economy. in the interests of consolidating it..
Edited on Sun Jun-14-09 07:22 AM by Hannah Bell
or in the interests of promoting war.
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