Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The rising gas price conundrum

By now those who drive know gas prices are not pretty high, they are really high. Even with its minor dips, fuel prices made a comeback, increasing up to seven cents in the past two weeks.

 

President Obama addressed the issue of rising gas prices earlier this month, attributing the price hikes to increased global demand and political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East.

 

iReporters from across the United States submitted images of gas price signs from around their area. As prices continue to rise, people have told us what the increase means to them.

 

Paul Tamasi of Belvidere, Vermont, said he fears that if gas prices continue to rise, people may not travel to Vermont come summertime. Tamasi said he is not only watching out for Vermont tourism, but also his own mileage nowadays.

 

"You've got to make your miles count," he said.

 

Nick Swann said the price of diesel is directly affecting the trucking company he works for in Rochester, New York, which uses close to 150 gallons of fuel a week. "Something's got to be done. With unemployment so high and gas prices are high people are suffering," he said.

 

Florida college student David Horton said that he, too, is feeling the pain of gas price hikes. "As a grad student, I'm practically at or below the poverty line, so paying more for anything affects my delicate financial equilibrium," he said.

 

Evan Young said he started using public transportation whenever he can. Others said they are now carpooling or planning out their driving routes ahead of time.


But Mark Boberick of Fairbanks, Alaska, is tired of people griping over gas prices. He explained that Alaskans pay 30 to 60 cents higher than the national average. "People complain all the time to no avail," he said.

 

President Obama mentioned tapping into oil reserves to help Americans. But one iReporter, Jim Perrone, said he is skeptical about whether tapping into oil reserves will help. "I wonder what prolonged effect -- if any -- that will have," he said.

 

The Minneapolis, Minnesota, resident said that in one day the price of gas changed four times, increasing more than 10 cents every time.

 

Although prices are edging close to $4 a gallon in parts of the United States, international iReporters said the price of gas in many European nations surpasses $8 a gallon.

 

Eileen Romero of New Orleans, Louisiana, said gas prices are directly affecting her, but she is glad costs are rising. Romero reasoned that rising fuel prices may pressure the government to seriously start considering financing greener energy and alternative fuel sources.


"The price increase is the only thing that will make American's quit using as much gas," she said.


We'd like to hear about what you're experiencing in your area. Are gas prices affecting you? Share your thoughts in the comments or upload your own iReport.

31 Comments
March 23, 2011
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Hey guys! Yes, Diesel prices are soaring! I use an additive that helps me with it, its called Monster Diesel. They haven't sold it here in Ohio yet, but traveling through Baltimore one day I found this right in their pumps at a Citgo....I was leery but the change in cost of fuel consumption over the first fill up was amazing! I have gone online to order since! I can't say that it is a HUGE change, but its enough to where I continue to purchase it. Take a look at www.monsterdiesel.com and see what you all think!

March 23, 2011
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The Minneapolis, Minnesota, resident said that in one day the price of gas changed four times, increasing more than 10 cents every time.

 

ummm it's against the law to change the price of gas more than 1 time per day.

March 23, 2011
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i hate this country

March 23, 2011
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On a positive note.. A German company has announced they have developed an artificial petrolatum that would cost only cents per gallon.

 

This new fuel can be used in any existing engine without modifications and the only byproduct of its combustion is clean pure water vapor. As you may have guessed its hydrogen based, but the hydrogen is encapsulated in nano bubbles resulting in a fuel that is hydrogen gas, but stable, secure, safe, and able to be poured and contained like any ordinary liquid fuel.

 

The Oil companies are raping us hard while they still can. They know the end is near.

March 23, 2011
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If you think gasoline is expensive, wait until you see diesel. Ugh! We have a small fleet by comparison to national carriers like United Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines, North American, etc, but on a percentage basis, our fuel expense was pretty much the same until we converted our moving vans to run on 100% pure vegetable oil starting in 2006. Now that fuel prices are skyrocketingagainwe're thinking about waiving our fuel surcharge altogetheragainbecause we can. 

 

Earth-Friendly Moving Inc

March 23, 2011
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Gas in the U.S. is 1/3 of the cost of Europe, and 1/2 the cost of Canada. So why do Americans complain?!

March 23, 2011
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Gas in other countries is much more expensive for a variety of reasons, one being the "FREE" health care and other government handouts is financed by gasoline tax, so people are comparing apples to oranges.

March 23, 2011
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March 23, 2011
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we have a right to complain about the cost of gas and diesel because the oil companies are raping us. they have record profits, while we pay record prices? seriously you dont see that?

March 23, 2011
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Gas is cheap in the US ... what are people complaining about?!?

March 23, 2011
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"Gas in the U.S. is 1/3 of the cost of Europe, and 1/2 the cost of Canada. So why do Americans complain?!"

 

Because most of the US does not live close to work or in an inner city with proficient public transportation, bike lanes, and other lower fuel consuming options. It's more convenient for Americans to drive everywhere, less they hop on a bike, or walk.

 

It's more of an infrastructure problem, and it probably started with the building of suburbs after WWII.

 

 

March 23, 2011
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I own a Prius, live close to work in a modest apartment, and generally live a cheap lifestyle.  I don't even pay attention to how much I pay when I fill up, because it happens so infrequently that even $10/gal wouldn't hurt so much.  I do not feel sorry for the fools who purchased their last vehicle betting on $3/gal for the next ten years.

 

 

March 23, 2011
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Ogemaniac I own a Prius, live close to work in a modest apartment, and generally live a cheap lifestyle.  I don't even pay attention to how much I pay when I fill up, because it happens so infrequently that even $10/gal wouldn't hurt so much.  I do not feel sorry for the fools who purchased their last vehicle betting on $3/gal for the next ten years.

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And the fool who purchased a pickup to use on his farm will not feel sorry for you when your food prices double.

March 23, 2011
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mikemaj82 The Minneapolis, Minnesota, resident said that in one day the price of gas changed four times, increasing more than 10 cents every time.

 

ummm it's against the law to change the price of gas more than 1 time per day.

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Sorry but they can change it as many times as they want.

March 23, 2011
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I realize that many Americans waste gas -- they just don't care -- but nevertheless I'm sick of Europeans condescendingly telling us that gas is twice as expensive there. It's not a fair comparison.

The USA has a much larger land area, with a MUCH lighter population density. In Europe you can take a train or bus anywhere -- that's not possible here.

Anyhow, we need to re-think our whole city layouts over here. The Suburbia thing is going to become real painful real fast if gas hit $8/gal over here. It's already killing us; that's a fact.

There's no way we'd hit $8/gal here without riots in the streets.

March 23, 2011
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May God make the gas much more expensive so Americans start to think twice before driving, and will start to move their butt by walking or riding on bike. If you live far from work, then consider moving closer to a city or to work. No wonder why Americans are the fattest people on Earth by far, and keep getting bigger and bigger! Sorry, but it's true...

March 23, 2011
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Matthew70:

 

Yes, U.S. is the third largest country in the world. But what about Canada? It's slightly larger than the U.S. and have same suburban as the U.S., and still pay almost double than what we do. Why don't they cry and complain about it as much as we do?

 

And remember not all Europeans live in a city. Yes, most people have acess to public transportation, but tens of millions of people still live in suburban and rural area and needs to drive, yet they pay 3x more than we do, and don't complain.

I don't think you've been to most of Europe...

March 23, 2011
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The price of crude oil/gasoline isn't going up; the purchasing power of the US Dollar is going DOWN.

Thank the printing of US Dollars since the dollar came off the gold standard on August 15, 1971. Fiat currencies last 40 years and in a few short months, we'll be at 40 years. Study your history folks and SHUT OFF American Idol.

 

-Jeff

March 23, 2011
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If cars could only be run by farts then I would be saving so much money....i would just spend it on beans and raisins.

March 23, 2011
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The price of crude oil/gasoline isn't going up; the purchasing power of the US Dollar is going DOWN.

 

Thank the printing of US Dollars since the dollar came off the gold standard on August 15, 1971. Fiat currencies last 40 years and in a few short months, we'll be at 40 years. Study your history folks and SHUT OFF American Idol.

 

Also- the price of an ounce of silver was $7.67 on Oct 31st, 2005. Today (03-23-11) it is at $37.35; a 31 year high.

 

It's time people wake up and see that the United States will soon be going into hyperinflation like Zimbabwe.

March 23, 2011
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Try riding a bike people. If two middle aged full time working parents can bike commute from suburban phila. to downtown year-round (8 miles each way) MOST of you reading this can also do it...it's not has hard as you might think...and turns out to be a win/win/win/win - don't burn gas, burns ass, don't pay 1200/year city parking fees, no traffic jams - honestly - why can't more people figure this out? Sure it's not for everyone, but most would be better off to leave their car behind. 

March 29, 2011
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I hope gas prices go up...Americans are such gluttons they can't even park their cars and go into an establishment.  They get in drive thru lines at the pharmacy (and we know how long that takes when there are two cars ahead of you), at the bank (when every line is six cars long, or God forbid that I mention coffee or fast food drive-thrus.  I've witnessed a line wrapped around the building and onto the street blocking traffic because people are too lazy to pull in, turn the engine off, and walk into the establishment.

 

Don't get in drive thru lines America.  If everyone stopped, look at the gas we would save in just one day!!! That doesn't even take rocket science to figure out...   peace

March 30, 2011
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Gas prices seem to increase rapidly as the oil market prices spike up, often moving higher daily as the oil market prices increase. However when the price of the oil spikes lower, I never see a responsive reduction in gas prices. It feels like consumer gouging to me. Is my perception just way off base or is there something to this?

March 31, 2011
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Will citizens choose "willful ignorance" pretending reform?

 

Those wanting to speak publicly on behalf of fellow citizens, must expect to be held to account for what they claim. Playing fast and loose with facts of this Nation's formative accomplishments or lack thereof by our Founding Fathers, especially when statements regard a deeply-profound matter regarding slavery re. The Constitution, where that either unknowingly or willfully contradicts consequential fundamental facts, need to realize such serves to convolute and degrade National dialog, and in this case—what reconciliation remains in the works.

 

That with all the fiscal challenges our country, our states, their counties and cities face, why do you suppose such issues would be distorted by someone emerging as a potential national leader of an emerging party, when such responsibility for leadership needs people who come to public attention with something substantial to offer, then instead find a primary contender suggesting publicly, accomplishments of Founding Fathers they completely fail to understand facts of the matter, before proclaiming mis-information about significant national matters; instead playing fast and loose with the truth of consequential Constitutional matters. When such speech lends nothing but irresponsible, ignorant misinformation as a version of truth to manipulate those who assume veracity, such speech deserves attention for it's blatant disrespect and disregard of consequence— especially when the speaker expects "a free pass" from public criticism? I would hope considered reflection upon enabling such pretenders to represent anyone, expecting reform, but in the process reducing the dialog to deception, manipulation, and perhaps big lies, as if "just talk".

 

Warning: For any and all such individuals to distract from their own missteps, by manipulating the narrative further, claiming in this instance the hot button of "gender discrimination" as a distraction from what they meant, is to expect a "pass" on personal deception.

 

Consider what "willful ignorance" represents, in light of what continues as a testing the waters of just how "name and blame" snarky targeting and bullying ostensibly entertains audiences at others' expense, but in reality debases the first amendment intent, while assembling disaffected potential constituents as they identify just how ill-informed, and easily-manipulated their potential flock can be misled, down what hazardous road?

 

April 1, 2011
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People if you do not like the price then do not buy gas. It is that simple.

Get a bike and bike helmet, lobby for a nationwide segregated bike system that does not intersect with traffic. You will drop some weight!

Carpool

Ride Mass Transit

Walk

etc

We can lower the price if we STOP buying it.

April 8, 2011
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Easiest way to bring gas prices down.  Fire all the speculators.  they are the reason the price is where it is. 

April 12, 2011
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We Have a very simple way out of this mess.We the people run this government and should run it to our benefit not our politicians.There is a simple impeachment of a president that could take care of a lot of our troubles.If we took all of them out of office it would be a start because they know very well what they are doing is harming America and it's citizens to the point of no return.We are the stupid ones for letting this happen.

April 12, 2011
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There is an app called gasbuddy.com which lists the gas prices across the country.   The highest I found was at a gas station in (what else) Beverly Hills where premium goes for $5.18 a gallon !!!   All those Lamborghinis and Maseratis and Rolls owners must be in shock.   But then again, if you can afford these cars, you don't really worry about the cost of gas.   But there are plenty of Mercedes and Lexus owners who do....

April 12, 2011
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Why aren't people demanding congress stop Saturday home delivery of mail?  I would imagine millions of gallons of gas would be saved by not having all the postal vehicles on the road for one day of the week.

April 12, 2011
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Can someone explain why my government is not using my oil reserves to reduce the cost of gas?  What are we holding on to it for?  For some point in the future when all the rest of the world is out of oil, then we can stick our tongues out and say haha, told ya?  That’s never going to happen, and if it did, the oil reserves we have will never be available to common folk.  Open up the barrels, help all us poor middleclass have a couple extra bucks in our pockets.

April 12, 2011
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Three letters, CNG.  I pay 1.27 a gallon and it's cleaner burning.  When I got my cng burner it was 94 cents a gallon.  I can't tell you how exciting it was to watch the gallons go up faster than the price.  Thank God we had a billionaire governor who the oil companies couldn't afford to buy or threaten (Huntsman/Utah)

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