At $3.75 a gallon, more drivers park it

Chicago-area drivers have never seen numbers like this before: $3.75 or higher for a gallon of regular unleaded gas, leading to shocking totals such as $57.60, which is what Barry Baran of Lyons paid Wednesday ... Full Story
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Carol

United States

#2 Apr 24, 2008
I'm glad you enjoy it but just to let you know, everybody else is paying through it too even if they're driving a little car.
BUBBA

Palos Hills, IL

#3 Apr 24, 2008
Bend over and take it from the man!!
Alex

Glen Ellyn, IL

#4 Apr 24, 2008
People can and will afford high gasoline prices. It makes a statement when the US starts to burn food in their tanks. People will do just about anything for a tank of gas.

OK Bubba, we are ready.
Dave

Stone Park, IL

#5 Apr 24, 2008
The problem that no one is looking at is that the larger SUV's, trucks, and to a lesser extent, large cars, don't have anywhere near the gas mileage of a compact, and those people are the ones who are driving up the cost of gas, since they're pushing demand higher. Basic economics states that as supply falls and demand rises, prices will rise, and that's exactly what we're seeing now.
Dirty Sanchez _Cuatro_S_L

Naperville, IL

#6 Apr 24, 2008
Europe Pays almost $9.00 a gallon.
We are doing too bad. Tighten your belts and walk more. This just might cure the obesity epidemic.

In Mexico both gas and diesel are running around $2.00.
witness

Chicago, IL

#7 Apr 24, 2008
Why isn`t the public questioning the
Presidential candidates more about this issue,can someone tell me?
They are NOT addressing this important topic enough!!
AEM

Hinsdale, IL

#8 Apr 24, 2008
Wait to the more expensive summer blends are forced on us here comes 4.50 a gallon ! The summer blends are BS just another way to squeeze every penny out of the consumer, they don't use them every where, they don't do summer blends in other countries, who the heck are thwey kidding ? This another save the planet BS from MR. Al Gore ? He full of C R A P !
vikram betal

United States

#10 Apr 24, 2008
Laughing all the way to work and back

I am what they call a SHO Smug Hybrid Owner. The engine stops everytime the car stops in the bumper to bumper traffic. I am on electric motor under 40 MPH.
I get 41 (no kidding) miles a gallon on my toyota camry._hybrid_. I guess this is my birdie to all the big a** SUV drivers. Suck it up, you pay for what you buy. It costs me less to drive 40 miles to work then to take metra. Good now I will have more room to drive. on Kennedy.
Ralph

Girard, OH

#11 Apr 24, 2008
witness wrote:
Why isn`t the public questioning the
Presidential candidates more about this issue,can someone tell me?
They are NOT addressing this important topic enough!!
It is supply and demand. The roads are filled with Big SUV's with one person. If people can't afford steak they don't buy it, if you can't afford gas, don't buy it. People survived 80 years ago when there were only a few cars. Get a bike, get a motor bike, get a horse or walk. Your legs can be used for other things than pressing the gas pedal.
rjinchi

Chicago, IL

#12 Apr 24, 2008
What was the point of the recent congressional hearings? To have congressmen grandstand and do nothing about this yet again? We need to elect a body that actually has the balls to take action instead of giving us a bunch of lip service and the shaft!
AXCELL

AOL

#13 Apr 24, 2008
I HOPE GAS GOES TO 5 DOLLERS A GAL. IT WILL CUT DOWN ON TRAFFIC & MAYBE SLOW DOWN THESE PEOPLE DRIVING 10 TO 20 MILES OVER THE LIMET
Jen D

United States

#14 Apr 24, 2008
witness wrote:
Why isn`t the public questioning the
Presidential candidates more about this issue,can someone tell me?
They are NOT addressing this important topic enough!!
What are they supposed to say? "Um, I'll address the problem of supply and demand." If we use less, the price will drop. Last time I checked, most of the oil on this planet comes from places outside the United States. If we can develop ways to feed our lifestyles without the use of oil, we won't have to complain about it as much.

One thing that I do think needs addressing is the lack of public transit between the north and south suburbs. If you have to travel the tri-state for work, there is no other alternative (other than moving closer to your job, which isn't always do-able).
Doug

Highland Park, IL

#15 Apr 24, 2008
I have an SUV that gets maybe 13 mpg around town, and have more than enough money to afford all the gas I need at $4/gallon and up. But $4/gallon for gasoline is just plain nuts. These days, the SUV sits in the garage; I drive another car which gets about twice the mileage. The SUV's replacement, when I get around to it? Not another SUV, that's for sure.
Reality

Winter Haven, FL

#16 Apr 24, 2008
Jahree,
I have an SUV and a truck. Fuel prices are not a problem. Unfortunately, for you, I am not squirming. Sorry that I have potentially debunked one of your very few reasons to gloat about not being able to afford one of your own.

Dave,
Try actually investigating things, rather than repeating what you hear in line at the local BP station. The current surge on oil, gasoline and diesel has been driven by speculators who are investing in commodities rather than currency. This also relates to the surge in the price of precious metals--and most commodities. This typically happens as the dollar gets weaker, just like clockwork. Overall demand is on of the least items of impact. This information can be verified by any economist. Commodities are not like Wii consoles--the price does not directly relate to demand.

Witness,
The President (Democrat, Republican or anything in between) has minimal, if any, impact. See the above point. This is just like the economy--the President has miniscule impact on the economy, but most people (mistakenly) believe that they are in control. Just as Bush is not responsible for current recession, Carter was not responsible for recession/inflation of the late 70's.
Bill

Girard, OH

#17 Apr 24, 2008
Why don't you people buy the products that let you run your car on water? Even with the price of bottled water going up it will be better the $5.00 a gallon for gas. Wait, bottled water is a lot more than $5.00 a gallon.
Big Fan

Girard, OH

#18 Apr 24, 2008
Doug wrote:
I have an SUV that gets maybe 13 mpg around town, and have more than enough money to afford all the gas I need at $4/gallon and up. But $4/gallon for gasoline is just plain nuts. These days, the SUV sits in the garage; I drive another car which gets about twice the mileage. The SUV's replacement, when I get around to it? Not another SUV, that's for sure.
GOD bless you! The small car get you to where you want to go just as well as the SUV. If more people did this the price of gas would go down due to less demand
Carl

Hoffman Estates, IL

#19 Apr 24, 2008
Express bus lines. Light rail. Hard rail. Gas prices are never coming down. It's time to make public transit effective and attractive to more than 11 percent. There's no reason public transportation needs to be an inconvenience.
Jahree

Girard, OH

#20 Apr 24, 2008
Reality wrote:
Jahree,
I have an SUV and a truck. Fuel prices are not a problem. Unfortunately, for you, I am not squirming. Sorry that I have potentially debunked one of your very few reasons to gloat about not being able to afford one of your own.
Dave,
Try actually investigating things, rather than repeating what you hear in line at the local BP station. The current surge on oil, gasoline and diesel has been driven by speculators who are investing in commodities rather than currency. This also relates to the surge in the price of precious metals--and most commodities. This typically happens as the dollar gets weaker, just like clockwork. Overall demand is on of the least items of impact. This information can be verified by any economist. Commodities are not like Wii consoles--the price does not directly relate to demand.
Witness,
The President (Democrat, Republican or anything in between) has minimal, if any, impact. See the above point. This is just like the economy--the President has miniscule impact on the economy, but most people (mistakenly) believe that they are in control. Just as Bush is not responsible for current recession, Carter was not responsible for recession/inflation of the late 70's.
You appear to be a person who feels the need to have material thing to impress the world. I bet you wear large rings and own a large house (or two). Thank you for keeping the economy going!!
Ralph

Girard, OH

#21 Apr 24, 2008
Carl wrote:
Express bus lines. Light rail. Hard rail. Gas prices are never coming down. It's time to make public transit effective and attractive to more than 11 percent. There's no reason public transportation needs to be an inconvenience.
Good idea but all of these things take money and time. People are already fighting the extension of the METRA WC line. Noone want a train or bus going pass their homes
WakeUp

United States

#22 Apr 24, 2008
Gasoline should be $10 a gallon, maybe then idiots in this country will pay attention that we are not only killing our environment, but every time we drive we send a check to people that HATE US!!! To put it more bluntly, we are SLAVES to oil producing countries, like Saudi Arabia - in Feb 2008 we imported 1.6 million barrels....PER DAY!!! Do the math people

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