Locals suffering gas pains

Locals suffering gas pains

There are 28 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 21, 2010, titled Locals suffering gas pains. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts have been rising since early November, according to AAA Southern New England.

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Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Dec 21, 2010
The only reason gas prices keep going up is so that the rich gets richer, is it no surprise we are hearing nothing from our elected officials anymore on the high prices, I guess they got their rewards and now remain silent
SHAQUA

Tewksbury, MA

#2 Dec 21, 2010
George Bush is to blame
please

East Hartford, CT

#3 Dec 21, 2010
thats right, tax cuts to the rich and the pennies we got we can use for the increase in gas and oil!!!! were is the money in your pocket????? Did you hear that one on TV like I did????? Hey guys start writing to all in the goverment to step in and decrease gas and oil prices to what they were 5 plus years back!!!!!
zeke

Nashua, NH

#4 Dec 21, 2010
Lets not forget when gas prices go up.
Truckers feel it diesel fuel go up.
Goods cost more because they add a fuel charge .No one wins
Reap the Whirlwind

Wilmington, MA

#5 Dec 21, 2010
Thousands of Americans killed in Iran...For What???? We should shut down that SH*T Hole of a Country and TAKE all the oil.
Ron

Tyngsboro, MA

#6 Dec 21, 2010
Bush is the last person to blame. He supported drilling and more refineries.

The liberals long ago supported artificially inflated energy costs to force conservation. Remember that 25 years ago both Bill Bradley and Paul Tsongas supported $3.00 a gallon gas. Yes!!!! they wanted today's gas prices 25 years ago. That is how Tsongas earned the nickname Paul Tax-on-gas.

The crap from corn they makes both gasoline and food prices higher has hurt this country. Al Gore has admitted so.

There is thousands of years of oil left. Drill it and refine in.
Ron

Tyngsboro, MA

#7 Dec 21, 2010
Make that "...crap from corn makes...".
Drop the "they". My apologies.
Ron

Tyngsboro, MA

#8 Dec 21, 2010
Reap the Whirlwind wrote:
Thousands of Americans killed in Iran...For What???? We should shut down that **** Hole of a Country and TAKE all the oil.
I understand the anger but the United States has oil on it's own lands. Some fools have blocked the drilling and refining of it.

High energy prices make liberals happy.
Rob from Lowell

Charlestown, MA

#9 Dec 21, 2010
I suffer from gas pains every time I see Obama on TV.

I think it's because every time he talks I know I'm gonna get F'd !!
Corey

Tyngsboro, MA

#10 Dec 21, 2010
Ron wrote:
There is thousands of years of oil left. Drill it and refine in.
Source?

Even the Pentagon is worried about Peak Oil:

http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/20...
oh sure

Dracut, MA

#11 Dec 21, 2010
riiiight. and how much are we paying for cigaretts and scratch tickets when we go get gas these days? are you really sufffering because you know pay 75 cents more when you fill up than you did two months ago? buy one less pack of cigs and 3 less scratch cards and you are now ahead.
do the math

North Grafton, MA

#12 Dec 21, 2010
oh sure wrote:
riiiight. and how much are we paying for cigaretts and scratch tickets when we go get gas these days? are you really sufffering because you know pay 75 cents more when you fill up than you did two months ago? buy one less pack of cigs and 3 less scratch cards and you are now ahead.
How are you ahead if you don't smoke and never buy scratch tickets?
Also, how would it only be 75 cents more? Do you usually put only one gallon of gas in your car?? I'm not understanding your logic.
SHAQUA

Tewksbury, MA

#13 Dec 21, 2010
OH SURE do you eat granola bars and walk poodles with choker chains ?
Fuzz

Lowell, MA

#14 Dec 21, 2010
Buy your Mud House now and avoid the hassle of our economic downfall.
only dracut being dracut

United States

#15 Dec 21, 2010
the prices stayed low until after the nov. elections.
surprise!
Bob Mc KA_58

Huntsville, AL

#16 Dec 21, 2010
What cost $.29 in 1958 would cost $2.13 in 2009.(Check an 'Inflation Calculator' http://tinyurl.com/26g6k7e )

However, that doesn't take into account that e.g. car ownership per family went from 1 to about 3 per household, i.e. gas consumption (i.e. importation) increased separate from inflation.

If you want cheaper prices for gasoline, please contact your ding-a-ling congresspersons, e.g. http://thomas.loc.gov/ to apprise them of your feeling they should ease up on regulating drilling in Alaska, in Western states, offshore of the US etc. as well as for the building of refineries and nuclear power plants which, to date, have killed how many US citizens and made how many states uninhabitable? Regardless of that, you Bubba, have the option to participate in The America Dream of saving your own money to use to go out to explore for a place to drill your own oil well like MEN of yore did. That applies to any other product or service which you fancy to be priced too high or you have a Constitutional Right to simply by the fact you are sitting in your LayZBoy and can fart.

The United States consumes more oil than any other country in the world: 18.7 million barrels of oil per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) short-term energy outlook.

To satisfy that demand, the United States imports 9 to 12 million barrels of oil per day!!!! http://tinyurl.com/2w4ubbg from countries we do not rule over in order to set the price!! Which countries "control" what You pay Bubba for gas? http://tinyurl.com/25y62hn
(BTW, see the treasured CITGO sign at Fenway? It belongs to Senor Chavez of Venezuela who really likes to threaten us from time to time.

Are we using more oil for gas? Click on View History 1981-2010 over on the right.

BTW, For the first quarter of 2009, the mean state gasoline tax is 27.2 cents per US gallon, plus 18.4 cents per US gallon federal tax making the total 45.6 cents per US gallon. Are you going to tell your congressperson/state legislator to knock off those taxes despite our roads/bridges being in such a sad state of disrepair? How many bridges that you drive over in Lowell were built before or shortly after 1900??? And what does the word 'temporary' mean? Does the Rourke Bridge make a record?
Two-thirds of Congress

Simsbury, CT

#17 Dec 21, 2010
Reap the Whirlwind wrote:
Thousands of Americans killed in Iran...For What???? We should shut down that **** Hole of a Country and TAKE all the oil.
A thought from another political gamewarrior.

Veterans games do not equate with collecting cilvilian toys for girls and boys.
Ron

Tyngsboro, MA

#18 Dec 21, 2010
Corey wrote:
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Source?
Even the Pentagon is worried about Peak Oil:
http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/20...
Peak oil is a myth. Why doesn't the chart in your link show Alaska's reserves? If anything the report linked screams "drill it and refine it!".
John

Boston, MA

#19 Dec 21, 2010
Gas is going up because the Federal Reserve is printing money. They are buying treasury bond securities with this money, so that artificially inflates bond pricing. But against that, you have other investors selling against the Federal Reserve. Where are those $$ going? Commodities and stocks. So along with that, the stock market is artificially inflated and overvalued. Food is next since food has gone up with oil. Only reason that we don't see much of it yet is that yet is that food producers, restaurants, distributors, etc. lock in a given price for the full year.

Otherwise, kudos to Hannaford for making it affordable for me to buy food in this tough economy. With the myHannaford card, they've been giving me $10 off $30 coupons on the next order.
Corey

United States

#20 Dec 21, 2010
Ron wrote:
<quoted text>
Peak oil is a myth. Why doesn't the chart in your link show Alaska's reserves? If anything the report linked screams "drill it and refine it!".
I asked for a source, not a wish that it wasn't true. It doesn't show Alaska's reserves because they don't matter.

There are a reported maximum of 16 billion barrels of technically recoverable barrels of oil in the ANWR. I'm going to be lazy here and go with Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Refuge_dr... ) The US consumes over 20 million barrels a day. Only five are produced domestically. If by some miracle of technology, the US was able to extract all of the oil in ANWR at a reasonable price and at the required rate (this isn't going to happen), ANWR, at being asked to produce 14 million barrels a day, would be dry in 1,000 days, or about three years.

This same concept, of reserves being smaller than people think and worse, being less recoverable than people think, is what's leading to skepticism on Peak Oil. Sure, there are massive amounts of shale deposits in America and oil sands in Canada, but if you're complaining about gas at $3.00/gal, wait till you see what it would cost to extract and process those - barring some miracle technology.

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