Why Alaska gas is so high - KTVA

Why Alaska gas is so high - KTVA

There are 10 comments on the KTVA Anchorage story from Jun 19, 2008, titled Why Alaska gas is so high - KTVA. In it, KTVA Anchorage reports that:

Our state has one of the highest gas prices in the nation. The price isn't only set by the price per barrel of oil, but also the cost to refine it, process it, the marketing for it and the distribution costs.

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Gail Lyons

Anchorage, AK

#1 Jun 19, 2008
It is insane that we pay so much for gas we produce. If it wasn't tourist season, and big oil wants higher profits, would the increases continue?
eric

Neillsville, WI

#2 Jun 19, 2008
simple start drilling in our country. If we were able to build refineries and drill here and nuc plants in the 90s we would be energy independent by now,,but Clinton killed that for sure.
start up the refineries that we closed and start building new ones,and drill here NOW,and in no time we will produce 1 million barrell a day + and it will drop the price by at least 1 dollar a gal. Plus start nailing the scum oil future traders,who buy and sell without a penny changing hands and driving the price sky high for no reason.
Chabala

Lincoln, UK

#3 Jun 20, 2008
the price of gas in Europe is twice as in US
Rhonda Van Zandt

Tok, AK

#4 Jun 20, 2008
Up in Tok we are paying 4.69 a gallon and the gas does not come up in price onec a week it rises nearly every day. We are not seeing the Tourists comming in over the border as in years gone by as the cost of fuel has put a pretty big dent in anyone tarveling the ALCAN
A Better Tomorrow

Russell Springs, KY

#5 Jun 22, 2008
Just returned to the lower 48 from a wonderful vacation in the fine state of Alaska. I have to ask, why Alaskans put up with being told by environmentalist that they can't exploit a major natural resource in this state. When will Alaskans rise up and take back their state? I am all for a clean environment and for finding new alternative sources of energy, but for the next 15 - 20 years we will continue to depend on oil. Drill in Alaska and where ever there is potential for new domestic production. You have my support and gratitude.

PS Alaska is a beautiful and wonderful part of our country. Everyone should visit your fine state at least once. It is easy to see what draws and keeps people to this part of the country.
pete merkes

Anchorage, AK

#6 Jun 23, 2008
bill sheffield is just another politican, who CANNOT tell the truth, I live across the street from Weaver bros, trucking, truckloads from the Nikiski refinery head to anchorage, yet our fuel is 4.60 a gal. for unleaded--- anchorage after trucking costs is 4.29, also come down here with you cameras and film the tanker ships, at the dock in Nikiski, then trace their destinations, to Japan. why dont you, the press do your investigations into what these politicans tell you, instead of just printing their lies. I for one am feed up with the news media. look into the lies we are told, maybe there is a Pulizer for you, get to the truth.
geoffinak

Wasilla, AK

#7 Jun 24, 2008
We pay it because they set the price and we accept it. If you sell your truck don't you want the best price, well Oil Companies set what the market will buy. Plus the Dollar is worth about 50% of the Euro, so our money only buys half of what it use too. So lets not ruin what we have left over a energy source that is killing us, polluting our water, air and ground. It's time for new energy source. For the tourist who visited, to bad you missed the Exxon Valdez, of course the damage is still there. If you want to see Alaska again, please, lets drill for oil in your backyard.
A Better Tomorrow

Russell Springs, KY

#8 Jun 25, 2008
geoffinak wrote:
We pay it because they set the price and we accept it. If you sell your truck don't you want the best price, well Oil Companies set what the market will buy. Plus the Dollar is worth about 50% of the Euro, so our money only buys half of what it use too. So lets not ruin what we have left over a energy source that is killing us, polluting our water, air and ground. It's time for new energy source. For the tourist who visited, to bad you missed the Exxon Valdez, of course the damage is still there. If you want to see Alaska again, please, lets drill for oil in your backyard.
"It's time for a new energy source". Wow!! You must be a genius. WHAT IS THAT MAGICAL ENERGY SOURCE?? Are you planning to heat your home this winter with the energizer bunny?

I'm all for that new energy source, but in the meantime we need oil and nuclear. By any account, that mystical new energy source is 20 to 30 years out. I just visited PWS and forgive me but it was beautiful. The oil spill was a painful lesson, but unless I've missed something, 10's of thousands of tankers have loaded at and navigated the Sound since then without significant incident. It's interesting that Alaskans are looking for the State to kick back $$ to lower their fuel costs. Guess where the $$ are coming from? On another note, for those who are not involved in the Oil business, many other Alaskans make their living from the tourist trade that you take a shot at. We come and we leave a lot of our $$'s in your fine state. In the last 6 months, plane fares have doubled, fuel costs have skyrocketed, and fewer and fewer visitors are planning vacations to Alaska. Oil fuels a lot of things other than our cars. Suggest that you get your head out of the mud flats and realize that this isn't going to go away with windmills and solar cells.
Chris Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

#9 Aug 25, 2008
We all know this is just plain price gouging. There was a real ridiclous explanation on TV. I think it was an owner of a gas station saying well they have to pay their employees, land etc It was like he was saying the gas station owners in the lower 48 do not have the same bills. We at work got a laugh out of such a stupid comment. I wonder if he is paying his workers about the same they do in California which I understand is $12.50 an hour and they are doing that on gas at $3.80 a gal.The average is lower 48 $3.68. I am surprised companies like Cosco's have not taken the lead to get gas down to where it should be. I think the gas stations want to suck every penny of the PFD out of people. Common Senators, Gov. Mayors etc get it straighten out Thanks I hope
R Phillips Gilbert AZ

United States

#10 Sep 10, 2008
An open comment to all Alaskans from the Lower 48. Alaska has the highest prices of gas in the USA. A good 50 cents higher than many places in California which has the highest Gas tax in the USA. You refine your gas and diesel in the state why should you be paying soo much more than the the rest of us in the lower 49 states that import your oil for our use. In Arizona gas is currently as cheap as $3.41 a gallon. We have no oilfields or refineries. Everything we use comes from California (could that be Alaska oil being refined in California) or Texas via hundreds of miles of pipelines. What is wrong with this picture?
Tax per Gallon Gas - Diesel
Alaska 26.4 32.4
Arizona 37.4 52.4 1 cpg UST tax. Use class vehicles pay an additionsl 9cpg for diesel
California  63.9 72 6% Sales Tax. 1.25% county tax. 1.2 cpg state UST fee. plus local sales tax

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