Gas Stations Complaint - Prices of gas - gasoline

Review by hotmama on 2006-12-22
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Why is it the government say that the gas prices are not being raised, but every holiday, the prices at the pumps rise at least 10 - 20 cents every single time.

Don't tell me that it is not price gauging!! The normal person cannot take this rise in prices every time we turn around. Searching for the best price is almost ridiculous because you waste more gas than you need to just driving around.
Comments:21 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-12-23
Posted by Bababooey on 2006-12-22:
It amazes me when Bush Administration oil company apologists say (with a straight face) that there is no price gouging!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
Hasn't anybody ever noticed that just before a holiday gas prices always go up? The oil companies have been doing this for decades. What's making it all the more noticeable is the value of the dollar has dropped on world markets. It takes more dollars to purchase the same amount of crude. Not to be an apologist but be thankful gas is still cheap in this country. I've got a friend in England. He pays close to $6 a gallon. The Italians pay over $13.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2006-12-22:
How about a nice, old fashioned gas war .... maybe .. let's say .. 23 cents/gallon? Ahh ... the good old days!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
Yeah, but the Italians get their pizza cheaper.
Posted by Shakra on 2006-12-22:
I always notice, PassingBy. I'm thinking of going Hybrid.
Posted by heaven17 on 2006-12-22:
I'm so tired of hearing how much people in other countries pay for a gallon of gas. Yeah, it sucks, but what does that have to do with us? Do we have to pay MORE than $13 a gallon before we can complain?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
Gas should be taxed up to 4 or 5 dollars a gallon with rebates going back to the working poor. The cheap gas of the 90's has caused a great deal of harm. The CAFE standards are a joke and neither party has lead the way. If anything and the past four years has showed this our dependence on oil is our Achilles heal. There is a point where higher gas prices would sharply curtail usage and create new markets for entrepreneurial ventures to develop cost effective alternative fuels and machines and whatnot.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
Shakra, hybrids are a great idea. But the long term expense is higher than gas. The battery life is expected to be 5 years. The cost to replace the battery will be very expensive. Analysts foresee the market flooded with used hybrids in a couple of years. Their value will be quite depressed because who wants to buy a used car that will cost another $3000-4000 just for a new battery?

Stew, As I stated in my first comments, gas is much higher in many countries. Yet there is no outcry from them to find alternatives. Half the cost of gas in England is taxes. That hasn't curbed use. Until a way is found to lessen the impact on the oil companies for lost revenue when an alternative is finally in use we will have no other choice but to pay what they want.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
PassingBy, not sure if you're right or wrong and my head hurts way too much to look it up. Maybe somebody else can offer up per capita US vs. EU oil usage figures. It is an interesting topic of debate although I do realize it's not as relevant in my life as lets say the Trump vs Rosie b*tch slap fest but sometimes its nice to discuss these silly little issues that can't seem to bump out Miss USA is a drunk type stories.
Posted by Toni I. on 2006-12-22:
The problem isn't the price of gasoline, it's the oil companies policy of price gouging and war profiteering! I think that they are testing the limits of how much the American public is willing to pay without drastically cutting back on their consumption. I think that they realize that currently, that limit is about $3.00 per gallon.

When the price of gasoline rose to over $3.00 a gallon recently, people predicted the death of the SUV. Now that gasoline has dropped to only $2.25 per gallon or so (I live in New Jersey where gasoline is relatively cheap), SUV sales have picked up again...

By the way, why are most oil companies trying to put the "kabosh" on Ethanol (E85) and alternative sources of enegy such as Hydrgen Fuel Cell technology?
Posted by S. on 2006-12-22:
Sheriff--and they still have Sophia Loren, too. Even at her age, that's some pasta!
Posted by Aloe on 2006-12-22:
There are a few credit cards out there that give rebates on gas. My husband and I use a Shell card and it is nice to get some return on the money spent for gas. But I agree, gas is expensive and probably will continue to be so...

Happy Holiday!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
Toni, referring to my earlier remarks, the oil companies have money invested in oil production. There's no way they will replace that soon in order to produce vast quantities of ethanol. But they are slowly gearing up for a change. The gas stations in my area already have a 10% mix of ethanol. Hydrogen has a major side effect. The exhaust is mainly water. That ends up in the atmosphere. It's gonna rain a lot.
Posted by bill on 2006-12-22:
Stew: "Gas should be taxed up to 4 or 5 dollars a gallon with rebates going back to the working poor>" WHY? If this is your idea of how a country should be run, may I suggest you move to a communist country like China or Cuba.
Posted by CaptainSpaulding on 2006-12-22:
Hey bill: In a user discussion post about a complaint against CITGO, Stew defends American-hating socialist dictator Hugo Chavez. I think that this Commie should pack his bags and move to Venezuela or Cuba, as I'm sure that these pinko countries would be more to his liking!
Posted by bill on 2006-12-22:
Heywood: I would gladly buy Stew a one way ticket to Caracas.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
Bill, first of all the Chinese pay the least for gas of anybody in the world but I'm sure you already knew that judging by your response you're obviously a well informed, articulate and thoughtful person. I'm not sure how you equate higher gas prices with communism but sane and rational people can look at the same thing and come up with differing conclusions. It doesn't mean either one of us is wrong or either one of us hate America, you do know that, don't you, bill?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-12-22:
Bill, Heywood - I thought for once maybe there could be some meaningful discussion without having to resort to name calling or flaming.. color me wrong. Too bad, you both seem like fairly intelligent posters. I'm sorry but I don't play these games, they're pointless and silly. Cheers!
Posted by bill on 2006-12-22:
Stew: You were the one who said "Gas should be taxed up to 4 or 5 dollars a gallon with rebates going back to the working poor."
Posted by hotmama on 2006-12-23:
Hey it seems as though the working poor always has to carry the burden of the gas prices going up and up. We can never seem to get ahead. The oil companies could give us a rebate or something. They have got it in their pockets just like ALL of our politicians do. And they don't drive ECONOMY vehicles.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-12-23:
So the working poor get rebates while the working middle class are taxed beyond their income and can't afford to drive? There's an economic strategy you won't hear too many people presenting.

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