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Gas Companies In General Complaint - High Gas Prices - Regular Gas

Review by mike53 on 2007-05-21
RIO, WEST VIRGINIA -- I have no chose in the matter on the distance I drive each day,I drive over 100 miles round trip each day. The gas prices are killing me and my budget. I can't understand how the Oil Companies can make so much money in profit and the same time make us poorer. The American dream is being shattered for most Americans. Some of us have to spend all of our money on gas the make our living.

Pretty soon want afford to go to work because of cost of gas to get there. Sure I thought of sharing rides to work but my schedule changes so much can't always share in that area. Can't afford a new car that gets better gas mileage. Just stuck in a black hole I can't get out of. We need to regulate gas pricing on a different level. I am sure I'm not alone in this view.
Comments:23 Replies - Latest reply on 2013-02-18
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-05-21:
What amazes me is how close we are getting to setting records and hitting $4/gallon yet barely anyone seems to complain!? Last year when we broke over $3/gallon everyone was going nuts... including the press and news. Apparently it is "old news" now, and the companies are left to just keep bumping it up...
Posted by jdwalz on 2007-05-21:
Supply and demand and not oil company profits are behind high gas prices. I understand that you have to drive, you have no choice, like a lot of people but the great majority of people can find alternatives and they still choose to drive. If you want to complain, turn your anger to them because as long as the majority of people will buy a gallon of gas for $3.50, the prices will not go down, if fact they will keep going up until people decide they won't pay for it anymore. Supply and demand, it really is that simple.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
Mike53, I understand your plight but people have to work or do they? If you loose your ID and cross the freaking boarder then come back illegally the you can get a free ride if you play your cards right.

You can get help from the same government that supports the gas prices and the killing of the troops that are fighting a war for you and I with out the tools to do it with so they can play politics.

The rest of the country seem to be in an “old news” kind of state or just say something stupid like “Supply and demand, it really is that simple”, its not and never has been. The truth is the oil companies are getting away with it because they know people have to have it and they have the complete support of the government who in reality make more money then the oil companies. While the people seem to have a complacent attitude.

There are a lot of people out there like yourself that are tired of this and are trying to fight it, you just wont find them here.

Good luck to you!

Check out a couple of these sites:
http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/1054.html

http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/1139.html

· Property taxes paying lion's share for state's roads, bridges
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Property taxes and assessments for roads now are four times what Minnesota gets via the federal gasoline tax, three times the state's vehicle taxes and fees ...
www.startribune.com/587/story/1179996.html

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
Wait until this weekend, and the holiday price hike!
Posted by Pomona Guy on 2007-05-21:
My solution to high gas prices was to get a job 5 miles from where I live. Works for me.
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-05-21:
We are heading out of town (driving 10 hours ONE way) for the weekend... I think I might have to fill some containers and keep them in our truck to refill with... Is that illegal? ;-)

I'm sure the prices are going to push towards $4...
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-05-21:
Pomona Guy... I'm working on that option as we speak!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
Spart, it may not be illegal, but sure sounds dangerous.
Posted by poppapia on 2007-05-21:
There are many people to blame for our current situation, including consumers. Oil companies are making record profits, but continue to spout the BS about "supply and demand", our government refuses to even acknowledge there are major problems in the near future, and too many consumers everywhere thought they needed SUVs and pickups for everyday commutes, which ultimately has a direct effect on demand, due to their poor mileage. I seriously sense our country is headed for a very bad recession, led largely by high fuel and energy prices.
Posted by jdwalz on 2007-05-21:
Supply and demand is an economic principle, it has been around for centuries; it is not propoganda created by oil companies. Think of it this way: It costs money to produce gas; it costs money to store gas. If no one would pay $4.00 a gallon for gasoline, do you really believe gas would rise to $5.00 ? No, gas prices would begin to fall. You CANNOT maintain profitability by raising prices in a declining consumer market. If that were remotely feasible then gas would be $50.00 a gallon. Consider this as well: In 1990 China had about 12 million vehicles in the entire country. They now have more than 180 million in a country where there are more than one billion people. Gasoline as a refined product is a finite commodity. If Americans continue to consume gas at high prices, you can expect even higher prices. That is the way the marketplace works. If you believe the oil companies are manipulating you then manipulate back by using less gas and forcing the price down. Prices rise and fall on the demand for the product. If you don't understand that then you don't understand simple economics.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
Yeah the old Standard oil offspring pump the oil from their own oil fields then sell the oil to their own refineries at 'world market' price set by speculators and hedge fund managers or as I put it gamblers... then the refineries sell the resulting product at a price that reflects the increased amount they paid to themselves for the oil to start with. Makes perfect sense to me but I'm one of those mineral right owners receiving bigger checks because of all this.. As long as you people can justify and swallow it then I'll keep cashing those fat royalty checks. Thanks guys.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
Stew, that wasn't very star-worthy.
Posted by Ponie on 2007-05-21:
Liddman says: 'the government who in reality make more money then the oil companies.' What government? Certainly not ours. Ours is very good at *spending* money, not making it. Now, had you said 'in reality TAKE more money...,' I'd be with you on that comment.

I'm in agreement with you, Stew. Those checks are nice, aren't they? Sheesh--I didn't know I should thank someone for it by having the foresight years ago to get into utilities, transportation, and energy.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
Pomona Guy, filled up at the Costco in Ontario out your way. $3.24 per gal. That is .35 cents less than in L.A. and O.C.!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
George Bush does not drive to work or buy his own gas. He and his cronies in Texas are making a killing off the gas prices, you think were going to get help from the top? How about Congress repeal the tax breaks for the oil companies? Force them to re-invest their profits into new refineries? And make it a criminal offense to take there refineries off line every year when traffic starts to increase for summer just to jack up the prices? And how about letting American's know that our government is collecting a lot more in taxes then the oil companies are making in profits? Our government and the oil companies are bed partners, you think one will turn on the other? I think not.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
I'm gonna have to side with Pirate on this one.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-21:
OK Ponie, I stand corrected. lol
Posted by Noneill on 2007-05-21:
We are now paying $3.04 in VA. Glad I work only 8 mi away. My last commute was 1993 when I drove 30mi one way from Woodland Ca to Sacramento. I was a single parent of 2 and had to live near my sis so she could babysit. I vowed after that job to NEVER commute again. I turned down lucritive offers to keep that promise to myself. If it is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen.
Posted by Starlord on 2007-05-21:
After Katrina, the gas prices shot up, and the oil companies wrung their hands and cried that they couldn't help the rise in prices. Then the news came out that the oil companies posted record profits, then they said that there was no gouging of the customer at the pump. Yeah, right. The Nazis were not the villians in WWII, as Richard Widmark said in 'Judgment at Nuremburg,' "It was those damn Eskimos that caused all the trouble."
Since they got away with it last year, the oil companies are doing it again on an even larger scale. You watch, they will soon announce the highest profits in the history of the petroleum industry. I say don't let them get away with it. If they claim record profits after forcing us to pay what we do for gas, heating oil and jet fuel, don't let them get away with it. Hold their feet to the fire and make them refund those obscene and illegal profits to the consumer. If they are allowed to escape the consequences again, then they will find other ways to screw John Q. Public.
Posted by mike53 on 2007-05-21:
I had to laugh at the radio this morning they are giving out a years worth of gas as a prize to a winner $1000.00.
Shoot that wouldn't last me more then a couple of months. I
would like to find a job a bit closer, I have been trying no
luck though. As far as You Stew I'm happy for You being able to cash in on other misfortunes. I wished for a future for all that have to bare the load each day.
Posted by imjustasteph on 2007-05-22:
Ours is from 2.94 (that's if you go to the station in front of walmart and use a walmart card to pay- you get 3 cents off a gallon, the regular price at that station is 2.97) to 3.05 right now. I know ours tends to be relatively low.

I wish so much there were stores near enough here to ride a bike or walk to. Instead, I'm cutting my driving down to virtually nothing, and combining many trips.

Funny, I remember if my oldest got grouchy at night and couldn't sleep, I'd put him in the carseat and ride him around to put him to sleep- same thing my mom did with us as infants. To do that now- heck I could hire a nanny cheaper!!
Posted by Skye on 2007-05-22:
As of this morning, paid $3.64 a gallon, for mid grade. This madness will continue, and as PWP, the holiday gas hike is right around the corner.
Posted by mike53 on 2013-02-18:
Here we go again with gas prices going up,they are saying it is going up because they are shutting down refineries why is that. Also because they are changing to summer fuel I thought gas was gas are they adding gold to the gas now.

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