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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In the last 30 years there has been more Republican Presidents than democrat presidents, What did those right wing folks

Regan, H.Bush, W. Bush what did they do for oil drilling in America?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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

riddick on February 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

lol…..bet I know!

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

High Gas prices: The Keystone of President Downgrade’s defeat.

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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

residentblue on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

It’s more like we’re happy to be vindicated that Obama’s energy policies are now proven to be criminally stupid.

The Count on February 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

teke: Er… why does a specific area of the country get a unique blend of gasoline? Is there something that requires it?

Scott H on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In the last 30 years there has been more Republican Presidents than democrat presidents, What did those right wing folks
liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

How many Democrat controlled congress sessions vs Repulican controlled? When you figure that out, then compare budget deficits for those sessions. Also, look up who always says “It will take 10 years for drilling to make an impact.”

LoganSix on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In the last 30 years there has been more Republican Presidents than democrat presidents, What did those right wing folks

Regan, H.Bush, W. Bush what did they do for oil drilling in America?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

OK seriously. Are you stupid….or just to lazy to find the answer for yourself?

Is google disabled on your computer?

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What did President Downgrade do to encourage domestic production?

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 12:18 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

We moved out of GULAG last month (West Sac area), dove back this past weekend to see my wife’s parents and yes, gas prices were an eye opener even before they jumped these past few days. Drove back home to Vegas, filled up 2 days ago at ARCO at $3.50 per.

riddick on February 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Okay. Being a resident of DC, if you’re buying gas near the National Mall and the Watergate complex (i.e. Virginia Ave NW), YOU’RE A MORON. Doing a quick search on gasbuddy.com, the lowest you can get gas for in NW DC is $3.58/gallon.

Stop fear mongering, Ed.

RanchTooth on February 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

OK seriously. Are you stupid….

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Rhetorical question. And an obvious answer…

riddick on February 23, 2012 at 12:19 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

Another fact: Bush never promised to end our dependency on foreign oil.

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

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 12:21 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

I agree that increases in domestic production would help, in that it would add to global production. But in todays world America doesn’t consume the same share of world’s supply that we once did. Even if we produced 100% of our domestic production we would still be paying according to global market prices.

steel guy on February 23, 2012 at 12:21 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

So Chitcago’s smartest is now making the case that the blocking of AMWR drilling is responsible for today’s higher gas prices?

You’re not very good at conveying the talking points, are you chumplett?

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Faulty argument.
riddick on February 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

What is faulty about facts. Oil is now the largest US export. We have more supply than demand. These are not my “arguments”. Read the article or research it further. Sorry to rain on the Obama is the culprit parade. However, if it gets traction and can hurt his election even more, that’s good. But, let’s not expect oil prices to come down until global supply is greater than global consumption. Not likely any time soon.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I don’t have any idea how much gas is. I think I might have to fill up this month but may make it to the first week of March. Wife will definitely need a fillup in March and that should get her to June.

Oldnuke on February 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Here on the little island of Anguilla in the Caribbean we are currently paying $6.37.

jimfreedom on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 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

Okay – we don’t disagree on that. But BOR wants us to just not ship any of our oil offshore effective yesterday. How do you make up that 10M bbl/day gap if nobody sends any oil our way? “Sparky”

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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?

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

Yeah, the Federal case was Hornbeck v. Salazar, which occurred after the gulf oil spill. After Obama’s Interior Dept issued an order shutting down rigs in the Eastern Gulf, Hornbeck, an offshore drilling company, was successful in court and a Federal judge stuck down the order.

So what does Obama do? He simply issued a new order shutting down the rigs. His administration was found in contempt of court after that. Can you imagine the media attention if Bush had been found in contempt of court over something like this?

TarheelBen on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

teke: Er… why does a specific area of the country get a unique blend of gasoline? Is there something that requires it?

Scott H on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Good question. I’m sure others here know better, but my guess is government meddling. CAFFE standards come to mind.

freedomfirst on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Why don’t you guys see this for what it really is: Class warfare.

What do you think Obama’s talking point is going to be? My energy policies have driven prices up? Of course not. His talking point will be how the evil oil companies are gouging Americans at the pump and how he’s going to get to the bottom of it and hold people accountable.

He’ll talk about “record profits” at big oil companies and it will all be about class warfare.

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Oil is now the largest US export.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

A shock that yet another leftist piece of garbage feels the need to project their own failings, through he/she/it’s nick.

You lie.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:25 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 a f’n moron and an embarassment to Fox News. He has ‘found out’ that some US refineries are shipping finished products, ie gasoline, out of the country. He seems to want them to push that gasoline to the US market and force prices down.

He has recently discovered the law of supply and demand, definitely big step for Bill, but he won’t acknowledge the right of a company to sell their product to the highest bidder, or the fact that they cannot sell below cost.

His moron clone Lou Dobbs is pushing this as well. In this regard BOR is no different than Sheila Jackson-Lee.

slickwillie2001 on February 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

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

Well, natural disasters are politics-neutral.

Except to Democrats, of course.

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’m convinced Idiot4life is really one of the xtranorma video cartons come to life.

Halliburton!!!

I don’t care Obama is awesome.

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Here on the little island of Anguilla in the Caribbean we are currently paying $6.37.

jimfreedom on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I’d be happy to pay $6.37 a gallon if I lived in the Caribbean. I just want to live in the Caribbean.

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

This sounds like great news for REAL America! Throw in some terrurrism and you guys have a winner!

KeninCT on February 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I’d be happy to pay $6.37 a gallon if I lived in the Caribbean. I just want to live in the Caribbean.

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Yeah – I mean a tank of gas lasts like 3 months, right? How far can you drive? The island can’t be that big!

CycloneCDB on February 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

teke: Er… why does a specific area of the country get a unique blend of gasoline? Is there something that requires it?

Scott H on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Good question. I’m sure others here know better, but my guess is government meddling. CAFFE standards come to mind.

freedomfirst on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

There’s an insane mix of state, county, and city mandates on gasoline composition. I’d like to see a map of the insanity if anyone has put it together.

There are also seasonal changes made that have to do with the volatility of gasoline vs temperatures, which we have to live with.

slickwillie2001 on February 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I’d be happy to pay $6.37 a gallon if I lived in the Caribbean. I just want to live in the Caribbean.

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

We built a house here and moved down in January 2006. Currently 82 with a nice breeze from the ESE. :)

jimfreedom on February 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

When the rubes realize how much it costs to fill up, eat, fly, jobs drop, the entire economy drops…the lefties will stop laughing.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Please tell me lobotomy4life is a caricature. Maybe it’s some geek’s attempt at a turing machine.

It shows up on every thread and is utterly unbelievable. My three year old is not that incoherent in math, economics, and policy.

freedomfirst on February 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

teke: Er… why does a specific area of the country get a unique blend of gasoline? Is there something that requires it?

Scott H on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Last time I read about it there were 243+ blends for various targets in the USA.!

All because of EPA Regs on air quality.

Sure clean air is good, but it seems that the last 10 years have seen EPA target air from 98% clean to 99.9999999% clean which is just asinine.

You’ll know it really bad out there when you start seeing 2 or 3 cars with MORE THAN ONE PERSON in it…

orbitalair on February 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Dollars to doughnuts, Obama approves Keystone XL pipeline before November 6th!

Bob in VA on February 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

slickwillie2001 on February 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

And that’s EXACTLY why we get hosed in my state.

The “Special California Blend” that only we use.

Everything a lib-tard touches turns to crap.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I drive by that gas station a couple times a week. To be fair, gas there is ALWAYS about $1/gallon more expensive than anywhere else around.

gofriars on February 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Blockage located

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

That station is always 20-30 cents higher than anywhere else.

“I’d like to see a map of the insanity if anyone has put it together.”

See this on “boutique fuels” from AFPM
http://www.afpm.org/policy-position-boutique-fuels/

And the map you were asking about is on this page. I won’t link directly to the pdf.

/long time lurker. has friend in oil industry.

NoVAHockey on February 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Speaking of REAL America, I take it the online dating profile hasn’t attracted the interest one might think it would have?

http://twitter.com/#!/KenInCt

Looking pretty lonely out there.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Here in Southern California…

… the gas lines are long in the morning.

The prices change by the end of the day…

… so everyone is filling up when they get to a half of a tank.

Food prices are starting to creep up as well…

… This sucks!

Seven Percent Solution on February 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Why do progressives pretend that Bush had no plan to lower gas prices? They seemed to be quite cognizant of Bush’s plan to illegally invade Iraq, murder innocent Iraqi goat-farmers, and steal Iraqi oil. Quite eerie how they cant remember that…

Jeddite on February 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

O’Reilly tried to pin that guy down last night and the person would not provide a straight answer.

jake49 on February 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

teke: Er… why does a specific area of the country get a unique blend of gasoline? Is there something that requires it?

Scott H on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Yes a combination of mandates starting from the Federal level and (if enacted) coming all the way down to the State and Local level. Based on expected weather patterns, seasonal climate variations, and level of so-called air pollutants. A very large amount of hypothesizing and guessing combined with math that would drive any person insane.

If your state/locality has an Emissions Inspection Program chances are they have some form of boutique fuel

The problem with simply producing more domestic oil (or getting it from friends to the north and south of us) is that gasoline has to be “mixed” (in the refinery) for each state/geographic area/locality-think of a bartender serving mixed drinks at a bar to 50 different customers-then imagine those customers changing their minds every 3 minutes and/or having their cousins with them shouting out DIFFERENT orders!

Producing more domestically is great and it’s a major bone I have to pick with many politicians who have served since the early 1990s (hence my earlier ticked off comment) but simplifying or doing away with asinine “air quality/fuel quality” mixes would help too…..it would also let cars stay on the road longer as all of the additives shorten engine life and wear out parts (rubber hose decay, line corrosion, belts, etc) faster

SgtSVJones on February 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I paid $3.94 /gal yesterday for premium unleaded in Reno, Nevada.

gaius on February 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Here in Southern California…

… the gas lines are long in the morning.

The prices change by the end of the day…

… so everyone is filling up when they get to a half of a tank.

Seven Percent Solution on February 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

1/4 tank down is where I’ve been filling up. Prices In SoCal moving faster than a bullet…in the wrong direction….with no relief in sight.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

In the last 30 years there has been more Republican Presidents than democrat presidents, What did those right wing folks

Regan, H.Bush, W. Bush what did they do for oil drilling in America?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

English Major?

To answer your question, let’s go back to Dick Nixon.

In his 1974 SOTU speech he vowed that by 1980 the US would be energy self-sufficient. The Democrats ran him out of office a few months later.

The following year, his Republican successor, Jerry Ford, said in the 1975 SOTU speech that “we must reduce oil imports by one million barrels a day by the end of this year and by 2 million barrels a day by the end of 1977.”

In 1979, your Democrat Hero Jimmy Carter actually promised, and I quote: “Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977-Never.”

In 1981, President Reagan said: “While conservation is worth in itself, the best answer is to try and make us independent of outside sources to the greatest extent possible for our energy.”

Pappy Bush’s National Energy Strategy had 3 major parts. The first and most important was reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

His Democrat “successor” said in 1995: “The nation’s growing reliance on imports of oil…threatens the nation’s security.”

As for Chimpy Bush, the only promise he made was in his 2006 SOTU speech, where he proposed replacing 75% of our Middle East oil imports by the year…2025.

Keep shoveling. Need another manure spreader?

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

This sounds like great news for REAL America! Throw in some terrurrism and you guys have a winner!

KeninCT on February 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Who sharted?

Oh, it’s KeninCT.

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Oil is now the largest US export.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM
A shock that yet another leftist piece of garbage feels the need to project their own failings, through he/she/it’s nick.

You lie.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Damn, facts are just scary to some people.

Compared to a year ago, exports of gasoline have tripled – The oil industry maintains the exports are necessary because

domestic demand is weak.

The industry says if refiners could not send American-made gasoline to China, India, Europe, and South America, the refineries would have to close as several have already done on the East Coast.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0223/As-gas-prices-rise-should-US-oil-industry-stop-exporting

Maybe you should do some research before dismissing facts so lightly and calling me a liar.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Oil is now the largest US export.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

A shock that yet another leftist piece of garbage feels the need to project their own failings, through he/she/it’s nick.

You lie.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

No, that is a fact. From Yahoo! News, 12/31/2011

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world’s biggest gas guzzler, is — wait for it — fuel.

Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels.

Just how big of a shift is this? A decade ago, fuel wasn’t even among the top 25 exports. And for the last five years, America’s top export was aircraft.

The trend is significant because for decades the U.S. has relied on huge imports of fuel from Europe in order to meet demand. It only reinforced the image of America as an energy hog. And up until a few years ago, whenever gasoline prices climbed, there were complaints in Congress that U.S. refiners were not growing quickly enough to satisfy domestic demand; that controversy would appear to be over.

Link

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-gas-other-fuels-top-200739135.html

Del Dolemonte on February 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

What does that have to do with the price of crude?

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Maybe you should do some research before dismissing facts so lightly and calling me a liar.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Then say gasoline. “The US exporting oil” so we shouldn’t expand supply is a favorite talking point of leftist morons everywhere. The economy being in the crapper so far that we have a temporary excess of refined product (as was correctly point out by another poster) is reality.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Bought gas yesterday–$3.079.

E85. It’s cheap(er) when th Giv’ment subsidizes it.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I trust Mark Levin to post the truth :
http://marklevinshow.com/goout.asp?u=http://naturalresources.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=228625

I also trust DearLeader to lie through his teeth, today.

pambi on February 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

E85. It’s cheap(er) when th Giv’ment subsidizes it.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

It’s not cheaper when your car gets nearly 30% less gas mileage on it.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

What does that have to do with the price of crude?

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Do what?

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Gas is high because speculators are expecting war with Iran.

lorien1973 on February 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Here on the little island of Anguilla in the Caribbean we are currently paying $6.37.

jimfreedom on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

With a tota; land mass of 35 square miles, one doesn’t need much gasoline.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Oh, it’s KeninCT. KensTheMan@pleasedateme.com

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

VegasRick on February 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Then say gasoline. MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Parsing is a Bill Clinton speciality. Gasoline is refined from oil. So, we would be better off if we were exporting oil instead of the refined product since it takes more barrels of oil to get an equivalent barrell of gasoline. So, if the fact that we are exporting gasoline instead of the raw oil makes you feel better, so be it.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Gas is high because speculators are expecting war with Iran.

lorien1973 on February 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Uncertainty is definitely built into the price.

Another problem that could be solved with increased domestic production.

It’s amazing how many people here have absolutely no grasp of economics.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Facts make me feel better, as words mean things.

Exporting oil means we have a surplus in our own supply. We don’t.

Exporting gasoline means we have a surplus in refining capacity. We do…for the moment.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I don’t blame Obama. He’s only doing what he promised (in this case) and what socialist/liberal/environmentalists do. I blame the millions of clueless idiots who elected him. Now, we can all suffer together.

Elections don’t have consequences…electing liberals has consequences.

cajunpatriot on February 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Welcome to the fray.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

EPA map and list of boutique gas states/counties:

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/gasolinefuels/rfg/areas.htm

marinetbryant on February 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

NoVAHockey on February 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Thanks for that link. Sorta like a “where not to live” map.

“The US exporting oil” so we shouldn’t expand supply is a favorite talking point of leftist morons everywhere.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Actually their talking point is “we are a net exporter of petroleum products“, not oil. They speak to deceive.

Lost in Jersey on February 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

EPA map and list of boutique gas states/counties:

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/gasolinefuels/rfg/areas.htm

marinetbryant on February 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Great Link!

I thought it was only us here in Calif. that had to deal with “boutique” blends.

Thanks.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Oh, it’s KeninCT. KensTheMan@pleasedateme.com

HumpBot Salvation on February 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

VegasRick on February 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

KenInCT @KenInCt Reply Retweet Favorite · Open

Come find me on Stickam Shuffle! I’m playing now!

http://stickam.com/shuffle/kenstheman #StickamShuffle

Just what ladies girls the world over are looking for. Random strange men (and what they do) on webcams.

Oh heck. Another thread detoured with this guy’s pathetic attempts at finding some lovin’.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Sounds like Romney blaming Santorum for Romneycare.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

“When your family or friends cannot explain why they voted democrat, give them this list and they can pick a reason from this “TOP 12″.

12. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

J_Crater on February 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I will ignore your ignorance of history because it is laughable to say the least. I will just ask you a question: Who is president right now?

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

If I were Barry, I would just issue an Executive Order stating that, until after the election, all gasoline must be sold by the liter.

$1.50 at the pump looks a whole lot better.\

pain train on February 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

This is on the Zero. He wanted it, now he will have it with all the unintended consequences.

The economy has been in the toilet for three years thanks to this jackass. Now it will really crash. But thats what he wants. He wants to tear our country down and turn it into a thirworld nation.

dogsoldier on February 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Facts make me feel better, as words mean things.

Exporting oil means we have a surplus in our own supply. We don’t.

Exporting gasoline means we have a surplus in refining capacity. We do…for the moment.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Best and most succint explanation I have seen.

dogsoldier on February 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Do what?

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Why do you think gas prices are rising? Just some whimsical notion by Big Oil and they all decided right now was a good time to jack prices up?

Gas prices are always a reflection of crude.

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

J_Crater on February 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Good one … Where’s the rest of that list?

Lost in Jersey on February 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

What is faulty about facts. Oil is now the largest US export.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Our largest export is gasoline, not oil. Many countries lack refining capabilities or capacity. Although we could be a net exporter of oil by approximately 2020 is Drooling Idiot in Chief would just get out of the way.

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Sounds like Romney blaming Santorum for Romneycare.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Sounds like you can no longer counter what I actually said, so you deflect to…Romneycare.

I’d rather deflect to KeninCT’s love life myself. More entertaining. :-)

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

It’s not cheaper when your car gets nearly 30% less gas mileage on it.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Is that for real? I was not aware of that.

It said it was 105 octane.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Parsing is a Bill Clinton speciality. Gasoline is refined from oil.

they lie on February 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Where does the oil come from?

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

wow!

Where are you finding 105 octane?

Isn’t that aviation grade?

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

wow!

Where are you finding 105 octane?

Isn’t that aviation grade?

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

For E85.

Jet fuel is 120 octane.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/e85-vs-gasoline-comparison-test.html

The Final Score — Fuel Economy and Cost

After refueling we put the fuel amounts and the prices paid into a spreadsheet and compiled a clear, side-by-side comparison for both fuel consumption and cost. Remember, these results apply only to this vehicle and to the prices in effect during our 667-mile test.

Gas Result:From San Diego to Las Vegas and back, we used 36.5 gallons of regular gasoline and achieved an average fuel economy of 18.3 mpg.

Gas Cost: We spent $124.66 for gasoline for the trip. The average pump price was $3.42 per gallon.

E85 Result: From San Diego to Las Vegas and back we used 50 gallons of E85 and achieved an average fuel economy of 13.5 mpg.

E85 Cost: We spent $154.29 on E85 for the trip. The average pump price was $3.09 per gallon

Gas/E85 difference: The fuel economy of our Tahoe on E85, under these conditions, was 26.5 percent worse than it was when running on gas.

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Why don’t you guys see this for what it really is: Class warfare.

What do you think Obama’s talking point is going to be? My energy policies have driven prices up? Of course not. His talking point will be how the evil oil companies are gouging Americans at the pump and how he’s going to get to the bottom of it and hold people accountable.

He’ll talk about “record profits” at big oil companies and it will all be about class warfare.

ButterflyDragon on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Oh, he’s already doing that.

Just a day or two ago the Great Unifier noted that high gas prices would not much bother “the 1%”, but they would make life difficult for the other “99%”.

Soetoro thinks OWS is still relevant.

MidniteRambler on February 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’d rather deflect to KeninCT’s love life myself. More entertaining. :-)

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Methinks you need to put down your flag, lay off the freedum fries and get out more, patriot!

KeninCT on February 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

So what are the odds the GOP elites actually use 0bama’s own words and actions against him on the issue of rising gas prices?

MidniteRambler on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Love to get my hands on 15 gallons of that….run it in the “built” SB 350 in my lib-tard hated Model-A hotrod.

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Methinks you need to put down your flag, lay off the freedum fries and get out more, patriot!

KeninCT on February 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Do you get your talking points from Family Guy?

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

In the last 30 years there has been more Republican Presidents than democrat presidents, What did those right wing folks

Regan, H.Bush, W. Bush what did they do for oil drilling in America?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I would say more than Mr. there is a gas shortage Carter, but less than I like your daughter Clinton. Although he did have help from the Congress, led by none other than Newt Gingrich.

DDay on February 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Sure scuttle coal fired plants, pi$$ off the oil distributors, stop oil from coming down from Canada and wonder why EVERYTHING skyrockets. Downgrade is exactly right!

angrymike on February 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

KeninCT on February 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Okay, so what has President Downgrade done to increase the supply of Oil?

I’m just curious as to what your Keystone will be for your argument.

Chip on February 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Here on the little island of Anguilla in the Caribbean we are currently paying $6.37.

jimfreedom on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

That sounds awful.

BadgerHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

MNHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Thanks. I’ll tell my brother. I put it in his Flex-Fuel F150.

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

In the last 30 years there has been more Republican Presidents than democrat presidents, What did those right wing folks

Regan, H.Bush, W. Bush what did they do for oil drilling in America?

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I know this might come as a shock to you, what with the HUGE abuse of power that goes on in the White House daily, but the U.S. is not a dictatorship.

The President cannot just decree things into being. The House and Senate are supposed to be responsible for legislation.

Since the Democratic party is heavily in bed with the eco-Marxist movement, if they have a majority in the House or the Senate there will be no “Drill, baby, drill!”

cmsciulli on February 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Here on the little island of Anguilla in the Caribbean we are currently paying $6.37.

jimfreedom on February 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

That sounds awful.

BadgerHawk on February 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla itself, approximately 26 km (16 mi) long by 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its widest point

Living on a beautiful small carribean island that can be covered by bicycle?

That doesn’t send awful to me….it sounds great!

Tim_CA on February 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Didn’t the Manager of American Decline just tell us he’s got another FIVE years in the White House?

Obama is Americas’ Death Panel.

PappyD61 on February 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Here’s some interesting news re Philly refineries and 7 county/Pittsburg fuel mandates:

Region’s summer blend gasoline supply iffy

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_777519.html

Penn. lawmakers rally support for refineries

………………..

Meehan said the three imperiled refineries in the Philadelphia area account for 50 percent of the Northeast’s refinery capacity. He said more than 30 U.S. refineries have closed in the past decade.

…………………

http://www.ldnews.com/state/ci_19970049

marinetbryant on February 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

As much as it will suck paying $5/gallon in July, it will be well worth it to have Obama – and Democrats in general – pay the political price for it.

angryed on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Remember this prediction. Some time this summer or fall, Obama will propose a gas tax holiday. It’s exactly the sort of thing he loves – “saving people money” and simultaneously driving up debt even faster.

hawksruleva on February 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I’m as much for the free market as the next conservative, but it’s time the federal government intervene (as soon as Obama is out of office) with oil. States regulate electricity and insurance rates. Oil is as an important commodity. I can’t come to terms with Americans paying the same price for fuel as foreigners if the fuel is being shipped out of our country. If we have the energy resources here, it should stay here with reasonable profits going to the producers. Our weak dollar is making a bad problem worse. I don’t have all of the answers, but there must be something that can be done to stabilize energy costs.

cajunpatriot on February 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

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