Backtalk: 1/20/2011

There are 17 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 20, 2011, titled Backtalk: 1/20/2011. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Paul Bozicas hasn't stopped for gas in downtown Pepperell for a while. There's no need to check its prices, the local cook says.

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Nutty Professor

Tyngsboro, MA

#1 Jan 20, 2011
The real reason gas prices are high and going higher is because the value of the dollar is dropping like a led zeppelin. The energy industry has to charge more dollars to buy the same amount so they pass it on. It is the same thing that is happening at the supermarkets; there is not more demand for oil production purposes particularly in this country and there is certainly not more demand for food causing food prices to increase substantially.
Disgusted

Chelsea, MA

#2 Jan 20, 2011
Nutty Professor wrote:
The real reason gas prices are high and going higher is because the value of the dollar is dropping like a led zeppelin. The energy industry has to charge more dollars to buy the same amount so they pass it on. It is the same thing that is happening at the supermarkets; there is not more demand for oil production purposes particularly in this country and there is certainly not more demand for food causing food prices to increase substantially.
ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! All those who deny this FACT needs to pull their head out of the sand.
Further: I still hold to the theory that the subprime mortgages didn't kill the economy in October 2008. The drastic increase of fuel was the Firing Pin... The subprime mortgages were just the Bullet.
whats wrong in Pepperell

Pepperell, MA

#3 Jan 20, 2011
Mass tax is 1.2 cents per gallon higher than NH. Okay, then why is gas at Cumberland's in NH 20.0 cents per gallon less than Pepperell, MA? Joe Sergi takes credit for everything else - how about this one?
Corey

United States

#4 Jan 20, 2011
If you don't think that China and India quickly becoming industrialized, car-driving nations doesn't have anything to do with the cost of gas, I don't know what to tell you.

As for the cost of food, most of what you eat was grown in soil fertilized with natural gas, planted with large gas-burning tractors, sprayed with petroleum-based pesticides, irrigated with pumps likely running off of electricity provided by fossil fuels, harvested with gas-powered equipment, packed in plastic made from petroleum, and driven 3,000 miles by tractor trailer to get to your supermarket.

Now how exactly, does the cost of a barrel of oil, be the cost going up from increased demand and no increase in supply or the dollar tanking or whatever (I personally think it's both), not affect the cost of food?

I have heard numbers as high as the average family of four uses as much fossil fuels eating as they do driving.
Mike J

Lakeland, FL

#5 Jan 20, 2011
Corey wrote:
If you don't think that China and India quickly becoming industrialized, car-driving nations doesn't have anything to do with the cost of gas, I don't know what to tell you.
As for the cost of food, most of what you eat was grown in soil fertilized with natural gas, planted with large gas-burning tractors, sprayed with petroleum-based pesticides, irrigated with pumps likely running off of electricity provided by fossil fuels, harvested with gas-powered equipment, packed in plastic made from petroleum, and driven 3,000 miles by tractor trailer to get to your supermarket.
Now how exactly, does the cost of a barrel of oil, be the cost going up from increased demand and no increase in supply or the dollar tanking or whatever (I personally think it's both), not affect the cost of food?
I have heard numbers as high as the average family of four uses as much fossil fuels eating as they do driving.
You forgot about the food being genericly modified so we have to drive to the docs more often. We can still help drive down the price of gas if we each use a little less, rather than run out for something every time we think we need it. Consolidate your shopping trips and you will win in the end.
the US decline

Pepperell, MA

#6 Jan 20, 2011
There are a number of contributing factors here. Our current administration, in its effort to push its energy agenda, has made it more difficult for oil companies to obtain licenses (an 88% decline in licenses). It's just the Obama administration's efforts to "nudge" you to demand alternate sources of energy and wean the American public of its reliance on oil. Dr. Steven Chu, Sec. of Energy, in fact, hopes Americans will see the price of gas rise to $7/gallon, comparable to European prices, to push their energy agenda at a faster pace. His only regret is that it can't happen fast enough in the U.S.

Simultaneously, countries like China are demanding ever more of the existing resources, replacing countries like the U.S., which has been the primary user of oil. Increase demand and the cost increases.

Thank so much to the current administration for the six-month moratorium on offshore drilling (another job-killing measure) and then tightening regulations on drilling and making it more difficult for companies to procure licenses.
Pepperell Sunshine

Carver, MA

#7 Jan 20, 2011
One should calulate how much it cost to drive the car per mile.How many miles is it to and from an out of town gas station? Do the math. You may find the savings, if any, isn't worth the time and it's nice to support your local business when you can.
Joe Mamma

Haverhill, MA

#8 Jan 20, 2011
pepperell still runs horse & buggys
reality

Pepperell, MA

#9 Jan 20, 2011
Pepperell Sunshine wrote:
One should calulate how much it cost to drive the car per mile.How many miles is it to and from an out of town gas station? Do the math. You may find the savings, if any, isn't worth the time and it's nice to support your local business when you can.
Most folks in Pepperell do their shopping in NH anyway, so what's the big deal about waiting 'til you're in Nashua to fuel up?
Common Sense

Crossville, TN

#10 Jan 20, 2011
Maybe Paul Bozicas should buy one of those cars that run on recycled vegetable oil from his french fries
or from the "natural gas" created by his Chili.
Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Jan 20, 2011
The bottom line is that the oil producing nations can sell less oil for more money and still make trillions, its all about greed and money.

Our own government taxes us to death, and does literally nothing to help.(unless they financially benefit themselves).

so much for occupying Iraq with all their own, we should be taking it since we invaded and occupy them
Corey

United States

#12 Jan 20, 2011
Jim wrote:
The bottom line is that the oil producing nations can sell less oil for more money and still make trillions, its all about greed and money.
Our own government taxes us to death, and does literally nothing to help.(unless they financially benefit themselves).
so much for occupying Iraq with all their own, we should be taking it since we invaded and occupy them
So, you're all for invading a sovereign nation over natural resources? All so we can continue to have oil-intensive operations like tract homes, Hummers, Wal-Marts, and the cheap Chinese goods sold there? Sorry, that's murder. Even in Iraq, there is still only so much high-quality, easily extractable oil in the ground. We need long-term solutions to the world's energy issues. Iraq won't save us, ANWAR won't save us, oil sands and shale won't save us.
Corey

United States

#13 Jan 20, 2011
Common Sense wrote:
Maybe Paul Bozicas should buy one of those cars that run on recycled vegetable oil from his french fries
or from the "natural gas" created by his Chili.
He's driving 10 miles round-trip to save 17c a gallon. Let's assume he buys 15 gallons. He's saving $2.55. Assume he gets a pretty good 30MPG. He's now lost $1 out of the $3 cost for that gallon of gas. He has now saved $1.55. Let's say his car is very well made and wears out at the rate of 10c per mile. He just lost another dollar.$.55c remaining in savings. At 30 mph average, this drive takes 20 minutes, plus filling time. If he can find any way to make more than $1.65 an hour, he's making a really bad call.
Dick Cheney

Concord, MA

#14 Jan 20, 2011
Corey wrote:
<quoted text>
He's driving 10 miles round-trip to save 17c a gallon. Let's assume he buys 15 gallons. He's saving $2.55. Assume he gets a pretty good 30MPG. He's now lost $1 out of the $3 cost for that gallon of gas. He has now saved $1.55. Let's say his car is very well made and wears out at the rate of 10c per mile. He just lost another dollar.$.55c remaining in savings. At 30 mph average, this drive takes 20 minutes, plus filling time. If he can find any way to make more than $1.65 an hour, he's making a really bad call.
Corey, I think it's even worse than that assuming Mr. Bozicas isn't already in Dunstable or Nashua or wherever he goes to buy his gas. The article says "drive ANOTHER 5 miles to Nashua" so he'd be driving 28 miles round-trip from Pepperel to Nashua to save 17c/gal. Therefore, if his car gets 30 mpg, he's spending about $2.80 to save $2.55. He's actually losing money, not to mention wear and tear on his car as well as his own wasted time. The Pepperel math works out to to be a little worse($1.87 to save $1.35) Of course, if he needs to go outside of Pepperel for other errands then its a different story.
Get out of Dodge

Worcester, MA

#15 Jan 20, 2011
Enough is enough. Why didn't we learn during the oil embargo in the 70's? Instead we remain status quo and let big oil run our gov. and get us in wars. They let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This is a huge problem that is only going to get worse. The middle class once again feels the burden. Remember 99 cents a gallon? America is screwed.
Jed Clampett

Hampton, NH

#16 Jan 20, 2011
One other factor people on these threads have left out is how the speculators on Wall Street are fleecing America.You see,it all started with something called the Commodities Modernization Act,and you can thank Bill Clinton and the Congress.
paulaBOZICAShyde

Stow, MA

#17 Jan 26, 2011
First things first....you will soon find out Paul Bozicas NEVER made this comment. He is my dad. Yes. However.IT was another man by the name of Jody who jokingly did this ineterview and uses my dads name. This will be corrected in the Lowell Sun as it has been confirmed by Jody. It was a joke, but seriously my dad would never make a comment like this . As he is a local business owner. Guess you cant believe all you read in the paper!

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