Video: Hey, who’s up for $5-per-gallon gas?

posted at 11:35 am on February 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In my neighborhood, we haven’t yet reached $4-per-gallon prices for gasoline, but we’re starting to approach that level. In California, they’ve been paying that price for quite some time. However, Nicholas Ballasly finds the highest price for gasoline right where it would be the most popular — Washington DC:

As the national average price for a gallon of gas climbs past $3.58, one gas station in Washington, D.C. is charging drivers $5.00.

No owners or managers were available at the Exxon station at 2708 Virginia Avenue in Northwest D.C. when The Daily Caller arrived to ask about the $5,00 price.

“You have to ask the owner, you know, the company,” said one worker.

“It’s going to go up to 6 dollars soon, man,” another worker in the repair shop told TheDC.

In case you wonder why high gas prices should be the most popular in Washington DC, don’t forget that Barack Obama himself said during his 2008 presidential campaign that he wanted higher prices to force consumers to use less gasoline, only he preferred a more “gradual adjustment“:

And let’s not forget now-Energy Secretary Stephen Chu’s declaration a couple of months later that he wanted to see the price of gas in the US look a lot like the price of gas in Europe:

President Barack Obama’s Energy secretary unwittingly created a durable GOP talking point in September 2008 when he talked to The Wall Street Journal about the benefits of having gasoline prices rise over 15 years to encourage energy efficiency.

“Somehow,” Chu said, “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

Well, this administration is getting exactly what it wants. And it’s getting it by refusing to allow for expanded American production of oil and blocking natural gas extraction, while using the EPA to declare war on coal and coal-fired power plants. They wanted escalations in energy prices in order to punish the use of energy and force people to use less, while artificially making their green-tech alternatives more attractive in comparison. The result? Rapidly escalating gas prices, which will push an inflationary cycle similar to what we saw in 2008 and 2011, which will kill economic growth and wipe out buying power for the working classes.

That’s exactly what Obama promised us. On this promise, he’s delivering.

Suitably Flip notes that it won’t get much better, either:

February is not typically a month when we see energy prices cresting. Instead, prices tend to rise as we get into the summer driving months (and, inconveniently, as we enter the general election season). Over the last six years, crude oil climbed an average of 44% from its late February level before reaching its calendar year high (on average, it took about six months to get there).

A similar run-up from this week’s average of more than $105/barrel would have us cruising past $150 by the end of August, surpassing the record weekly average price seen during the 2008 oil bubble. …

If this were to play out, $6 a gallon might start to sound pretty good.

Be sure to check out the chart, too.


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A similar run-up from this week’s average of more than $105/barrel would have us cruising past $150 by the end of August, surpassing the record weekly average price seen during the 2008 oil bubble. …

If this were to play out, $6 a gallon might start to sound pretty good.

And then the zombies show up:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3118/2644505909_6d71e9a64f.jpg

Hopefully Neville will be there to save us.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

If the price of gas continues to rise and that doesn’t pull the floor out of Obama’s poll numbers… bad worse times ahead.

Ukiah on February 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Stop blaming the gas station workers! Correct me if i’m wrong, but don’t they get their marching orders from higher ups in their company?

Donald Draper on February 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Thank you, President 0bama!

– crr6

UltimateBob on February 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

If this were to play out, $6 a gallon might start to sound pretty good.

It’ll be interesting to see how Bambi handles this.

I figure he’ll demonize the petroleum industry and expect everyone to back him on using the new Consumer Protection bureau to strong-arm them for “gouging”.

I’m wondering if they’ll be able to get push-back by pointing out the moratorium on drilling, blocking ANWR, blocking Keystone, and the fact that his “quantitative easing” policy has inflated prices significantly.

teke184 on February 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

With a potential war between Israel and Iran, and prices as high as they are right now, I cannot see how this helps the dingleberry-in-chief in his re-election bid.

Then again, never underestimate the stupidity of many Americans.

Rixon on February 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

$4.79/gal down the street at my local gas station.

Redondo Beach, CA

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Hopefully Neville will be there to save us.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

But hey, at least with the $6+ gas we’d also get the Batman-Superman movie, right???

Ukiah on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

In today’s news of when bad news is rejoiced on hotgas…..derangement!

residentblue on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

What would happen if the parties that be just ignored SCOAMF and actually began construction of the pipeline?

That would be the penultimate act of civil disobedience.

Rixon on February 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I watched O’Reilly’s rant about this last night. He was pretty ticked about all this oil being shipped overseas and us having to pay more when there’s plenty of oil here. It’s just not staying here.

scalleywag on February 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

In today’s news of when bad news is rejoiced on hotgas…..derangement!

residentblue on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Yeah genius….I’m just friggin’ thrilled.

Friggin’ dolt.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

But hey, at least with the $6+ gas we’d also get the Batman-Superman movie, right???

Ukiah on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Hey, you never know. Maybe Chris Nolan will have a surprise cameo in The Dark Knight Rises this summer. Let’s just hope Emma Thompson doesn’t show up on TV announcing a cure for cancer. Then I’ll be scared sh-tless.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Thank you, President 0bama!

– crr6
UltimateBob on February 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

LOL! always a classic.

Does anyone know what is our dear leader’s excuse for why it isn’t his fault for Downgrading domestic oil production?

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

All part of the plan….

Oil Can on February 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Meme on EVIL GREEDY oil executives to start 4..3..2..

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

When will the rationing begin?

First we’ll get to fuel up on odd/even days based on license plates. Then we’ll get ration cards.

I look forward to a black illegal market.

freedomfirst on February 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

residentblue on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Have you ever wondered why you’re so out of touch with reality?

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

In today’s news of when bad news is rejoiced on hotgas…..derangement!

residentblue on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

How does it feel to be the dumbest commenter on any thread absent idiot4life?

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

In today’s news of when bad news is rejoiced on hotgas…..derangement!

residentblue on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Show me any comments posted so far in this thread showing any signs of “rejoicing”. I see none.

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

If pain at the pump is what it takes to wake up the sleeping masses and get them to turn on Obama, then I’d be all for it. Sadly, though, given the complicity of the media whose desire to paint everything Obama in the rosiest shades (Whee! See how well our economy is recovering!!!) and the wimpy way that Republicans respond, this will no doubt backfire on Republicans. For Pete’s sake, Republicans have already been blamed for stopping the Keystone Pipeline by Jay Carney (it must really hurt to live inside his head) and I’ve yet to hear one Republican “leader” stand up and call him out on that.

And there’s also the risk the Obama will come up with some goofy — and hideously expensive — plan to help the “poor” pay for this more expensive gasoline which the weenie Republicans, scared to death of looking like blue meanies in an election year (they just don’t understand the concept of making a stand for fiscal responsibility)will go along with it.

natasha333 on February 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

“Energy prices must necessarily skyrocket.” -Al Green wannabe

carbon_footprint on February 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Bad news for Americans.

Thanks Obama.

booter on February 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Comedy Gold.

Bush’s Fault!!

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Meme on EVIL GREEDY oil executives to start 4..3..2..

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The announcement from the NSM of the Democrats investigating “Big Oil” have already been written, they just need to fill in the blanks and crank them out.

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Gas was $1.89 a gallon when Bush left office, dipwad. What has your Messiah done to bring down the prices?

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

He announced a plan to expand domestic drilling. The prices at the pump promptly went down significantly(although the recession also contributed in all fairness). If Obama even hinted at a serious effort to increase domestic energy production and stopped cowtowing to the green energy wackos, prices would go down. Maybe not to $2.50/gal as Newt is pledging, but we wouldn’t be facing 6 bucks come summertime.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

*bring

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Pretty much the opposite of what El Presidente Downgrade is doing.

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

But don’t you dare blame dear leader for these prices

It’s wall streets fault according to pelosi or the evil gop according to Carney

Just don’t blame obama

Remember the constant W bashing in 08, good times

cmsinaz on February 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I’ve figured out a good loophole in the gas price game…I use one of those pre-paid, reloadable Visa cards for online shopping since I had my other regular Visa compromised in the past. This way I don’t lose out if someone gets my info.

The gas station/food mart not too far from me sells the reloadable cards, and I usually put in $500 every couple weeks, and that money goes toward a rewards program the station runs…so many points for so many dollars you spend there. And the reload counts as a purchase.

Every time I fill up now, I get a dollar off per gallon…which comes to 2.69/gallon. Can’t beat that.

JetBoy on February 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

this administration is not UPSET about rising oil prices…it’s just what they planned and wanted. Libya and Iran is just icing on their cake.

CoffeeLover on February 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Gas was $1.89 a gallon when Bush left office, dipwad. What has your Messiah done to bring down the prices?

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Every time I fill up now, I get a dollar off per gallon…which comes to 2.69/gallon. Can’t beat that.

JetBoy on February 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Nice!

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Gas was $1.89 a gallon when Bush left office, dipwad. What has your Messiah done to bring down the prices?

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Answer: Downgrade the supply of oil with decisions like the Keystone Pipeline.

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

And in the end, the media and Obama and the Soros Ops will have twisted it so much that the Republicans will be at fault for higher gas prices AND the polls will show most Americans believe Republicans are at fault….

…and in response Republican Congress members and GOP Presidential candidates…

…will be absolutely silent and hiding away from the media.

albill on February 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

Bush tried to open up ANWR for development around 6-8 years ago and got shut down by the Senate because “it would take 10 years to start seeing the results.”

teke184 on February 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

*bring

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

It wasn’t the typo that made your statement look foolish.

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Many people during the 2008 presidential election made a serious error in the interpretations of what Obama said during a particular speech or answer. The mistake was that while Obama said either very little or nothing at all people’s brains projected what they interpreted Obama meant to say. I think the said could be true in the anove video. We don’t really know what Obama meant by “gradual” (unless I missed it). Thus, we project that he didn’t mean a gradient like we have had in the increase in gas prices. It is a fatal mistake to assume Obama means what you think he means. He’s a conman, remember.

Weebork on February 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Great, soon, once again I have to think about how I am going to secure and lock my gas tank inlet so people dont go stealing my gas out of my car once again. Even though I have the cop shop right accross the street from me, I still can see them stealing it anyways… might be with the risk of 6 gallons of gas.

watertown on February 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Obama also needs 8 years

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

In a Federal Penitentiary, at least.

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Friggin’ Hilarious!

So….he has to get it above $5.00, and cut off ALL domestic drilling in order to get the price down?

Do you work for Geitner?

ROTFLMAO.

Idiot.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I watched O’Reilly’s rant about this last night. He was pretty ticked about all this oil being shipped overseas and us having to pay more when there’s plenty of oil here. It’s just not staying here.

scalleywag on February 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m getting a little tired of O’Reilly’s rant. He will have us believing that the US can oprerate in isolation of the global markets. Anyone who knows about the world economy knows that this is impossible.

steel guy on February 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Yo, Dingleberry. Have you bothered to check into the average price of gas during the W years?

climbnjump on February 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

People in DC don’t need good schools much less cheaper gas!

MeatHeadinCA on February 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

residentdummy…breathes a sigh of relief…idiot4life is on the thread.

Gas prices

January 2001 $1.47/Gal (about $1.81 adjusted for inflation in 2009 Dollars).

January 2009 $1.85/Gal

January 2012 $3.37/Gal

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I am sure that for a very brief period in the summer of 08 I paid close to or just over $5 a gal. gas.

I do recall gasoline climbing very steeply that summer.

But, my memory for details isn’t the greatest…

Logus on February 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

What were gas prices in 2004 when Bush was seeking reelection? Far lower than their current level, yet Bush barely won another 4 years with the whole thing coming down to Ohio. So by your own standard, Obama should get run out of town for allowing prices to skyrocket.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I’m getting a little tired of O’Reilly’s rant. He will have us believing that the US can oprerate in isolation of the global markets. Anyone who knows about the world economy knows that this is impossible.

steel guy on February 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

He’s on his populist kick. Not realizing that if you left the US to trade with only itself in the oil market – we’d be paying $8/gal for gas.

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Bush tried to open up ANWR for development around 6-8 years ago and got shut down by the Senate because “it would take 10 years to start seeing the results.”

teke184 on February 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Bush had a republican congress for 2 years..he has no excuse.

8 years and he did nothing about gas prices…

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Sorry, that would be a double digit increase in time.

freedomfirst on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Wonderful…………….just wonderful.

I WAS a pizza delivery driver up until a week ago and I was paying about $45-50 every 3-4 days at the pump (my car is one of the much older vintage and only gets even semi-decent mileage if you stick it full of premium gas). I shudder to think what I’ll be paying should I pick up another delivery job.

Hopefully this $609 lasts me the rest of this month until I get my direct deposit from the School System as I’m also a substitute teacher for special needs children.

President Obama-SCREW YOU
President Bush and Republican majority who could have DONE SOMETHING about this last decade-SCREW YOU DOUBLY

Was told that if I voted for McCain them “evil oil companies” would make huge profits, guess the Dems were proven to be right anyways.

SgtSVJones on February 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Gas was under $2 a gallon when your man took office. That was a little over three years ago. WTF does Bush have to do with this? Oh, right, it’s all you folks have.

VegasRick on February 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

President downgrade? More like President hardship – that’s what the rest of us are getting.

MeatHeadinCA on February 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

You. Are. An. Idiot.

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I watched O’Reilly’s rant about this last night. He was pretty ticked about all this oil being shipped overseas and us having to pay more when there’s plenty of oil here. It’s just not staying here.

scalleywag on February 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

BOR is an idiot who apparently doesn’t understand suppy and demand. He’s demagoging the issue to reinforce the perception he’s all about just helping the folks. He wants the government to step in and punish the oil comanies. Next thing, he’ll be advocating price controls. It’s all about him and his TV image.

a capella on February 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

total refined product exports were the largest component of U.S. exports in 2011.

Oil exports are our largest export. U.S. demand for gasoline is at an all time low, yet prices are soaring. I am no Obama fan, far from it, but I don’t think we can blame him other than to make him look guilty. Also, if we drill for more oil, it looks like it will only result in more of our oil being exported. Unfortunately, oil prices seem to be set by global consumption. Think China.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/petroleum+exports+driving+price+spurt/6195057/story.html#ixzz1nE1N6FRo

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

residentdummy…breathes a sigh of relief…idiot4life is on the thread.

Gas prices

January 2001 $1.47/Gal (about $1.81 adjusted for inflation in 2009 Dollars).

January 2009 $1.85/Gal

January 2012 $3.37/Gal

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Bush had 8 years to take us of dependency on foreign oil he didnt do it = FACT

It really sucks when facts get in the way of a political argument doesn’t it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

First we’ll get to fuel up on odd/even days based on license plates. Then we’ll get ration cards.

freedomfirst on February 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Will be interesting to see how Hollywood fills up with all the vanity plates that have no numbers.

No gas for you! Larry David and Co. can stuff size D batteries up their a….

riddick on February 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Bush had a republican congress for 2 years..he has no excuse.

8 years and he did nothing about gas prices…

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t pass a bill opening up more drilling without 60 votes, not merely 50, right? So Bush never had the numbers needed to get that through Congress, even when the GOP controlled the House and Senate.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

8 years later

Obama also needs another 4 years before we can make a fair comparison

12 years later

Obama also needs another 4 years and a handicap of $5.00 before we can make a fair comparison.

16 years later

This is Bush’s fault.

Gatsu on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

But, but – domestic oil production has increased under Dear Leader…Carney told us so!!!

Rufus on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

suppy = supply.

a capella on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Gas was under $2 a gallon when your man took office. That was a little over three years ago. WTF does Bush have to do with this? Oh, right, it’s all you folks have.

VegasRick on February 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

So you are saying because gas was under 2 dollars there was no need to look for alternative source of energy?

8 years and not even one drilling project was establish but you find it easy to blame Obama who has not even been in office for 4 years.

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

This is exactly what the Bammy Boy wants. Will he be giving his latest TOTUS speech at DisneyWorld where gas is $6/gal.?

jqc1970 on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

He’s on his populist kick. Not realizing that if you left the US to trade with only itself in the oil market – we’d be paying $8/gal for gas.

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Truth! We still import most of our oil with domestic production as it is.

steel guy on February 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

He’s on his populist kick. Not realizing that if you left the US to trade with only itself in the oil market – we’d be paying $8/gal for gas.

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Cuz that’s exactly what happened in the 60′s through the early 70′s with those constant gas wars?

Yeah…all of those domestic suppliers who couldn’t wait to sell a plentiful supply at $0.22/gal must have been a mirage.

Grow up…..supply increases, demand stays level….prices drop.

Period.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can’t pass a bill opening up more drilling without 60 votes, not merely 50, right? So Bush never had the numbers needed to get that through Congress, even when the GOP controlled the House and Senate.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I’m pretty sure that’s correct… you had to get 60 votes for cloture in order to get an up-or-down vote that could be decided with 50 “yes” plus Cheney.

W had about 55 or so Senators but the Dems held firm and a few particular Quislings on the Republican side refused to help out.

teke184 on February 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

He announced a plan to expand domestic drilling. The prices at the pump promptly went down significantly(although the recession also contributed in all fairness). If Obama even hinted at a serious effort to increase domestic energy production and stopped cowtowing to the green energy wackos, prices would go down. Maybe not to $2.50/gal as Newt is pledging, but we wouldn’t be facing 6 bucks come summertime.

Doughboy on February 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

But that would put Eeeevvvviiill Profits in the hands of the Eeeevvvviiill Oil corporations like Exxon.

We can’t have that, we must invest (your money) in Green energy to save mommy Gaia.

/ El Presidente Downgrade

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

And, comanies s/b companies. Sorry.

a capella on February 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Yup. According to Gasbuddy.com, in the summer of 08, the US average gas price spiked to $4.12 gal. reg.

It then steeply plunged to $1.61 just before Christmas 08 and has steadily increased ever since, briefly spiking to around $3.90 last May. Current national average is around $3.50.

I suspect we’ll see it breach the $4 mark for US average this summer.

Logus on February 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Bush had 8 years to take us of dependency on foreign oil he didnt do it = FACT

It really sucks when facts get in the way of a political argument doesn’t it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

You are a joke. A bad joke. Not funny at all. Stupid in fact.

VegasRick on February 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Anyone betting on a bad economy in November 2012 will be very disappointed

liberal4life on February 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Uhmmm, you were saying? RIIIIIIIIGHT.

ChicagoBlues on February 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

8 years and not even one drilling project was establish but you find it easy to blame Obama who has not even been in office for 4 years.

Bush had the permits for the Gulf in full-swing, meaning that people were developing platforms out there that were producing.

Obama killed all of that in the wake of the BP spill and is STILL killing development out there through the moratorium on permits via SecInt Ken Salazar, which is in violation of a federal court order.

teke184 on February 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Oil exports are our largest export. U.S. demand for gasoline is at an all time low, yet prices are soaring. I am no Obama fan, far from it, but I don’t think we can blame him other than to make him look guilty. Also, if we drill for more oil, it looks like it will only result in more of our oil being exported. Unfortunately, oil prices seem to be set by global consumption. Think China.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/petroleum+exports+driving+price+spurt/6195057/story.html#ixzz1nE1N6FRo

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Faulty argument. If your supply greatly exceeds demand, as would be with us producing much more oil, world prices would collapse. As is, there is an artificial low supply for now that keeps prices higher than they should/could be. And someone should stop non-oil business people speculating in the market place, that would easily drop prices overnight. As an example, if you’re in, let’s say, wine/alcohol business, you cannot sell/buy wholesale if you’re not licensed to do so. I have no idea why non-oil industry people are allowed to speculate/deal in oil futures. Its a simple fix from where I stand.

riddick on February 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The total between my 401k and various bank accounts will not be enough to survive another four years of meddling from this president. By the time of the election there will be $6 gas somewhere, one can only guess how high it could climb once Obama no longer needs to worry about re-election.

Ukiah on February 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

what’s the temperature inside obama’s @$$ today?

GhoulAid on February 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Honestly, we don’t expect Zer0 to do anything at all to try and bring gas prices down.

Remember, he explicit stated that, under his “plan”, energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket” (his exact words). We are just seeing his plan (whatever it is) bear fruit.

UltimateBob on February 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

8 years and not even one drilling project was establish but you find it easy to blame Obama who has not even been in office for 4 years.

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Please stop with the “Bush did not” arguement as it just makes you look stupid. Are you for more drilling?

VegasRick on February 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Sorry to rain on your parade guys but most Obama voters couldn’t care less about the price of gas. They either live in urbanized areas, earn too much to care, live in retirement communities, or charge the gas bill to the governmental expense account. They are also mentally incapable of making a connection between gas and grocery prices. Obama has a 40% floor and it is made of tungsten alloy.

Archivarix on February 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

He let you drink the stuff, stupid!

KOOLAID2 on February 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Cuz that’s exactly what happened in the 60′s through the early 70′s with those constant gas wars?

Yeah…all of those domestic suppliers who couldn’t wait to sell a plentiful supply at $0.22/gal must have been a mirage.

Grow up…..supply increases, demand stays level….prices drop.

Period.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

We consume 20M bbl/day, we produce 10M bbl day. If we had to rely on ourselves…MASSIVE SUPPLY SHORTAGE, demand not met, prices spike drastically.

Wake up. We still need the rest of the world to help us drive to work every day.

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Obama claims to be for the middle class. Well, this particular issue is going to wipe out the middle class and folks who are on fixed incomes.

And Obama will be in Miami today, giving a phony speech on his regime’s oil production. He’s going to take credit for production which comes from leases approved by Bush, and production that is occurring on private lands (North Dakota). Of course, under Obama’s watch, approval of leases is down by 40%, the Eastern Gulf was shut down, he denied the Keystone Pipeline, and his EPA is issuing new “climate change” regulations on refineries, etc.

TarheelBen on February 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Cheapest gas station near me (Rotten Robbie’s, Campbell Ca) is at $4.15. It shot up 16 cents overnight.

corncat on February 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

lib4life: Could you please explain how what Obama has done in his term in office that has helped this situation?

I do know he has prevented any number of permits to be given out, even when told to do so by a federal court. I don’t know about you, but if you believe that not opening up more land for oil is enough reason to vilify Bush, then actively reducing the amount of land open for oil drilling must be also worthy of vilification, does it not?

Unlike liberals, conservatives (particularly those of a libertarian bent) do not think that the government should interfere in markets. Therefore, you have already set up a false dichotomy.

We do not want Obama to do anything with the current markets beyond leave them alone. Since he has not left them alone, we want him to ‘do something’ by reversing what he has done and allow us to drill for oil.

Scott H on February 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Gas was $1.89 a gallon when Bush left office, dipwad. What has your Messiah done to bring down the prices?

JPeterman on February 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Bush had 8 years didn’t do nothing about gas prices and you want Obama to magically fix gas prices in 4 years?

Obama also needs 8 years before we can make a fair comparison

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

but, but, but…I thought Boooosh went to war in Iraq for all the OIIIIIILLLL… /snark

dude…what EXACTLY do you think dear leader will do that will bring prices down…

*again with the its boooosh’s fault in 3…2…1…*

airmonkey on February 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Your major problem is that “Senator” O’bama, after he Quit his Senate Seat to run for President, actually blamed President Bush for “causing” the high gas prices.

But just yesterday, he had his Flying Monkey Jay Carney state with a Straight Face that high gas prices are not the President’s fault.

But you have an even bigger problem. Gas prices under Bush never ever reached $5 a gallon.

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yesterday I saw the Chiron on Fox state that the Democrats want the president to release oil from the SPR. They apparently don’t want to suffer the consequences of their policies in an election year.

Charlemagne on February 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

People in DC don’t need good schools much less cheaper gas!

MeatHeadinCA on February 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

…and it makes his approval ratings go up! Go figure!

KOOLAID2 on February 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Scott H on February 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

+1

airmonkey on February 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Bush had 8 years to take us of dependency on foreign oil he didnt do it = FACT

It really sucks when facts get in the way of a political argument doesn’t it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

LOL

Good grief…you really are stupid.

Yes…by using the word FACT in all CAPITALS…that makes it a fact.

It must really suck to be as ignorant as you and to have it confirmed every day.

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Grow up…..supply increases, demand stays level….prices drop.

Period.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Not happening this time. U.S. demand is at an all time low and prices are not dropping. We can now export the surplus because there is a market for it. Read the article I linked in previous post. Prices were low in 60′s and 70′s because Global consumption was not as high as it is now. Global consumption, not U.S. consumption drives the price. O’Reilly is FOS.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

What did Bush do to being down Gas prices when he was President?

He had 8 years what did he do with it?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Everything he could in the face of unrelenting obstructionism from the eco-Marxist Leftists who own your party.

Charlemagne on February 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

But you have an even bigger problem. Gas prices under Bush never ever reached $5 a gallon.

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Average national prices didn’t.

HOWEVER… certain metro areas saw huge spikes after weather events in the Gulf that shut down production temporarily.

Atlanta comes to mind, as they use a boutique blend of gasoline that has to come from certain refineries in Texas and/or Louisiana. Shutting down production for hurricanes Katrina (2005), Rita (2005), and Gustav (2009?) spiked ATL gas prices to about $10 / gallon temporarily.

teke184 on February 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Went grocery shopping this morning. Next to the freeway, $4.33/gal for regular. You don’t even want to know what high-test is going for. Neighborhood Arco station is at $4.06.

Can hardly wait for ‘summer driving season’.

The SOB’s in Sacramento aren’t helping. They no longer collect a tax per gallon. Now they just hit you with a sales tax on the purchase – and collect even more.

GarandFan on February 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Wake up. We still need the rest of the world to help us drive to work every day.

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

um…no sparky…in fact, not even close. You want to see domestic prices drop….you STOP the government from restricting domestic supply. YOU FRIGGIN’ INCREASE domestic production.

We currently need the rest of the world because we’ve got an EPA that doesn’t allow us to take advantage of domestic resources.

Amazing.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Anyone betting on a bad economy in November 2012 will be very disappointed

liberal4life on February 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Uhmmm, you were saying? RIIIIIIIIGHT.

ChicagoBlues on February 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder, FACT proven by scientists in recent times. Not that for the 100+ MILLIONS of USSR/China/North Korea/Cuba/etc who lost their lives and for 1 BILLLION+ who are still affected by it proof was ever needed.

CA state was just voted the most disliked state in the union, I wonder why?

riddick on February 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Bush had to deal with a Democrat congress for 3/4 of his Presidency..that’s a legitimate excuse.

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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