Holy @%&*!!! Have You Seen Ga$ Price$ Lately?!

  1. So what the is going ON??!! Gas prices in my little part of the world have jumped 18 cents per gallon in the past 24 hours---yes, you read that right: EIGHTEEN CENTS PER GALLON in the space of one day. :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire And that's not all: last Friday I paid $2.97 a gallon at Costco. Today it was $3.23 per gallon.......an increase of an incredible $0.26/gallon in only one week.

    When, and where, are these price increases going to stop?! Or at least level off? My family's having a tough enough time filling up two cars every two weeks, and we're not poor; how on earth can people who make $8 or $10 an hour or those on fixed incomes possibly afford it?

    Personally, I'm sick to death of the U.S. government's endless excuses for the continuation of this highway robbery; they should at least be honest enough to admit they consider oil-company profits to be far more important than developing new sources of fuel. (And they sure as heck don't care if the rest of us can afford to get to work.) But more than that, SOMEBODY has got to be held accountable for this outrageous explosion in gas prices, and as far as I'm concerned, there's plenty of blame to go around: from Dubya and his war, to the sheiks, to the oil companies, to the environmentalist lunatic fringe, all the way down to the American public itself and its insatiable appetite for ever-larger SUVs.

    I don't know what the answer is. All I know is that gas prices are out of control, and I am hopping MAD!!!:angryfire

    OK, rant over. Thank you, I feel better now.
    Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Apr 27, '07
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    The gas price increases are rather disheartening.

    However, I think we (Americans) have an insatiable thirst for the gas. We are too dependent upon this one particular staple.
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    i had a date tonight with the hubby....yeah...and on my way home i saw it..$3.00/gal....i'm gonna be riding a horse next week with prices like these
  5. by   crissrn27
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    i had a date tonight with the hubby....yeah...and on my way home i saw it..$3.00/gal....i'm gonna be riding a horse next week with prices like these
    how much earlier would i have to leave for work if i took the horse instead of the car..........couldn't be that much earlier and it sure would save some $$, just gotta talk management into building a stable or putting in a hitching post

    i put 35$ worth in the tank tonight, didn't even give me 3/4 tank:angryfire
  6. by   txspadequeenRN
    filled up the hubby's big truck last week when the gas was cheaper....$88 bucks. then my car took almost $70.... there has to be a cheaper way to get to work...lol oh i got it a stagecoach , you know like in gunsmoke...

    Quote from crissrn27
    how much earlier would i have to leave for work if i took the horse instead of the car..........couldn't be that much earlier and it sure would save some $$, just gotta talk management into building a stable or putting in a hitching post

    i put 35$ worth in the tank tonight, didn't even give me 3/4 tank:angryfire
  7. by   TazziRN
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    i had a date tonight with the hubby....yeah...and on my way home i saw it..$3.00/gal....i'm gonna be riding a horse next week with prices like these

    i can't remember when i last saw it that low. today i paid $3.42 a gallon, 20-gal tank, $67.45 total. i think i heard my credit card whimper.



    oh............no, that was me...........
  8. by   txspadequeenRN
    it has not been long since we had gas just under $2.00... what happened
  9. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    it has not been long since we had gas just under $2.00... what happened
    i know! back at the beginning of this year, some stations had their regular gas priced at $1.95 to $1.99 per gallon. three months has elapsed, and look at what has happened to the prices!
  10. by   Roy Fokker
    Gas prices in the United States is one of the cheapest gas prices in the world.

    Don't believe me? Move to Asia or Europe.


    The problem is not that we have become dependent on "gas" - the problem is that we've become dependent on "cheap gas".

    Private transport is the "American way of life" - how many of you seriously consider public transport (unless you live in big cities) or heck, even car pooling? Most 16 year olds dream of buying their "first car" - not "which train do I take to school". It's ingrained into our psyche.

    Urban sprawl and suburbia make for spacious living and pretty country side - but it comes at the cost of commute times and higher gasoline consumption per capita.


    The problem is multi-focal: affecting everything from the type of cars we build to the very fabric of our society and "way of life".

    cheers,
  11. by   UM Review RN
    I hate paying for gas, but I don't feel I'm a crazy environmentalist for not allowing oil companies to build more rigs offshore here in Florida.

    We have many protected species here on the west coast of Florida that would not make it if the oil companies had their way and built oil rigs in our part of the Gulf. Not to mention what would happen in a big hurricane. Or what a spill would do to our main economy, tourism.

    How much would an oil company pay for an oil spill that could potentially make the manatee extinct?

    I would very much like to see other sources of fuel developed. I am angry that the oil companies and Big Business run this country, not the people. It really bothers me that we middle-income folks pay more taxes than rich people, pay higher prices for material goods, and generally have no real voice in the government with which to change policy.

    Why are the gas prices up? Because we have no choice about it and they know they can get away with it, that's why. :angryfire
  12. by   mcleanl
    Hey be thankful for 3 bucks/gallon. I am in the Toronto area and we are paying around $1.04/liter for the low grade. There are almost 4 liters to a gallon so that puts us at well over $4 a gallon. Last summer I remember paying as high as $1.20/liter!
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from mcleanl
    Hey be thankful for 3 bucks/gallon. I am in the Toronto area and we are paying around $1.04/liter for the low grade. There are almost 4 liters to a gallon so that puts us at well over $4 a gallon. Last summer I remember paying as high as $1.20/liter!
    OUCH!!!

    Thanks for sharing that........while our prices are certainly headed in that direction, we're not there yet, and of course it's even higher in Europe as Roy pointed out.

    HOWEVER.........I'm with Angie O., we're at the mercy of the oil companies because we need them so much. I wish they'd at least have the grace to shut the heck up about their record profits.:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire

    What some folks fail to understand is that it's just not possible or practical for many Americans to give up their cars or purchase newer, more fuel-efficient models. I drive a 1988 Buick LeSabre because dh and I can't afford two car payments every month. We live in a town 12 miles from my job because we pay less for a roomy home on 2.75 acres here than we'd have to pay for a cramped house on a busy street closer to work.

    To say the least, riding a bike is NOT an option---especially not in the Pacific NW where it's wet and chilly much of the year---and there is no such thing as reliable mass transit, so what's a poor schlump to do? Yep........we just keep filling our tanks and (literally) getting hosed, because there's no other choice.
  14. by   TazziRN
    Yeah, I'm in an ag county so bikes are not an option unless you live in town. And buses do run from one end of the county to the other every two hours, but I would not make it to work on time and I would not get home until very late.

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