The average price for regular gasoline shot up to $3.50 statewide, the highest level ever in February, and is expected to rise further as the summer driving season approaches.
The price, which reached $3.99 in some parts of Los Angeles, was the highest since October 2008, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. Some stations are charging more than $4.25 for premium and $4.69 for diesel.
... "The only way to insulate yourself is to stop using gasoline," said Mark Cooper, director of research at the Consumer Federation of America. "The cost of gasoline is the third biggest household expense after housing and it's almost as big as medical. This is going to have a huge impact on household budgets."
... Pump shock is hitting much of the East and West Coasts, with New Yorkers paying as much as $3.79 a gallon, and parts of the Midwest, where some Chicagoans found prices as high as $3.69 a gallon.
I don't see why you guys complain so much. Gasoline prices should be taxed to make it cost $6 per gallon. If it costs so much, you'll be driving small vehicles with small fuel efficient engines, 5 or 6 speed manual transmissions, and also keep your tires inflated. Which is what this world needs to reduce green house gas emissions.
You do have to either do it or get off the pot, as they say in Kansas. I'm for the high gasoline taxes. And I don't mind driving a small car.
14. Most of the money goes to crude oil producing countries
Actually, a lot of the money goes to oil producing countries, their state oil companies, and taxes. As for private oil company stock, a lot of it is owned by mutual funds set up in 401Ks, retirement plans for state employees, and IRA's. I have an IRA, and some of the money is invested in stocks. And I'm sure those mutual funds are holding oil company stocks. So I suppose I'm one of those greedy people you mention? But what can I do to save for retirement? Did you notice CD interest rates? They are really low.
FORCE us to buy new cars and pay $6.00 a gallon for gas out of the money from the jobs WE DON'T HAVE! That'll learn us! (I wish to hell I could unrec. a post). I'm so glad we have people like you here on DU to show us lost gas guzzlers the way, the truth and the light. :puke:
15. No pain, no gain, sorry about your personal problems
it is indeed unfortunate to see so many people doing poorly. You have my sympathy. However, if you don't have a job, then maybe you should consider using a very small car with a very tiny engine. If you get 50 mpg, then you won't really notice the difference, I think. And you will be helping the environment.
There's also a big boogieman out there - we are running out of oil. When something is running out, the price has to go up to encourage people to switch to something else. If you don't drive a tiny car, then you'll eventually be forced to use public transportation. Which means you had better start agitating to have a pretty decent system where you live - or you'll have to move. I know his is harsh, but it's reality. We can't manufacture a natural resource like oil, it comes out of rocks underground. So we've been using up the earth's savings bank, and now we got to get busy facing what we have been doing.
It's as high as $3.37 some places around here, just for regular, and diesel is just crazy, $3.75 and up. The least expensive places in the country are Missouri and SC, but it's rising there, too, and doesn't look like it's going to turn around anytime soon. The unrest in the Middle East isn't helping. Just wait for travel season. :(
Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators
Important Notices: By participating on this discussion
board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules
page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the
opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent
the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.