Gas Prices: A Maddening Mystery -- Prices, Jodi Rell, Sunoco In...

There are 7 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 30, 2008, titled Gas Prices: A Maddening Mystery -- Prices, Jodi Rell, Sunoco In.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Passing the Exxon station on the corner of Trout Brook and Farmington in West Hartford on my way to work, I notice something strange: Gas is $4.35 a gallon while the Sunoco across the street is selling the same ...

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KevinM

South Windsor, CT

#1 May 30, 2008
Zone pricing certainly isn't designed to benefit the consumer. But it's also worth asking why Connecticut holds the distinction of having the most expensive gas in the nation. Part of the reason is that it is taxed at both the wholesale and retail levels.

I'd say we should throw the bums out come November ... but we won't, will we?

FWIW, I've been asking friends, neighbors, co-workers this Q: "How would you describe living in CT?" "The most common response is, "It costs too much." (That omits the colorful bits.)

Say, Rick, is there anything you can do to convince the Courant dot com designers to make your column easier to find on line? For reasons best-explained I suppose by journalistic jargon, the columnist world is separated into two pieces, columnists and news columnists. The latter are linked under news>Connecticut and then you have to know where to look. It's even a challenge to find Rick on the search feature.

Outside the Courant's walls this insider division does not exist.

Internet readers : Internet :: hunter gatherers : territory. Hunter gathers won't search indifinitely if they don't find fast. Newspaper readers, like farmers, are more patient.

But the Web site must be ruled by the hunter gatherers, not the print people IMHO.
Ben Double Crossed

Tampa, FL

#2 May 30, 2008
What Americans need to decide:

FOREIGN WARS OR DOMESTIC OIL

If the US Government spent a trillion dollars over 8 years on domestic oil production from known reserves in the Gulf of Mexico, the Continental Shelf and coal gasification instead of War in Iraq gas would be $2 a gallon or less. America could quit sending billions to countries that sponsor terrorism. And reducing our trade imbalance keeps jobs in America. Every billion of trade deficit costs 13,000 jobs.$400 billion for oil last year: do the math.

America has 1/4th the coal on planet earth. South Africa is producing 300,000 barrels of gas and diesel a day from coal. And synthetic fuel from coal is cleaner burning than gas. And it can be produced cheaper than from $100+ a barrel crude oil.

Harness your anger at the pump. Call you're US Senators and demand domestic production in this decade. Raise your voice or the oil companies and politicians will assume you are ready to pay even more.

PS - If America uses its own energy resources the result is more oil for other countries and downward pressure on prices. It is just being a good neighbor.
Ted

North Bay, Canada

#3 May 30, 2008
The result of a poll on price fixing indicate that 67% of the public believe gas companies are fixing the price of gas and 89% DO NOT trust the oil companies. those are the results up till May 30 08. Prices fluctuate daily in and effort to confuse the consumer. In Canada the price hovers within a few tenths of a cent of the station across the street. Theres no point in diving across town to save 20 cents. If all the prices go up at the pumps ON THE SAME DAY then you know your getting ripped of. The facts speak for themselves. And yet the government turns a blind eye to all this. Oh wel like they say "figures don't lie but liars figure"
pbear

Tripoli, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

#4 May 31, 2008
Ben Double Crossed wrote:
What Americans need to decide:
FOREIGN WARS OR DOMESTIC OIL
If the US Government spent a trillion dollars over 8 years on domestic oil production from known reserves in the Gulf of Mexico, the Continental Shelf and coal gasification instead of War in Iraq gas would be $2 a gallon or less. America could quit sending billions to countries that sponsor terrorism. And reducing our trade imbalance keeps jobs in America. Every billion of trade deficit costs 13,000 jobs.$400 billion for oil last year: do the math.
America has 1/4th the coal on planet earth. South Africa is producing 300,000 barrels of gas and diesel a day from coal. And synthetic fuel from coal is cleaner burning than gas. And it can be produced cheaper than from $100+ a barrel crude oil.
Harness your anger at the pump. Call you're US Senators and demand domestic production in this decade. Raise your voice or the oil companies and politicians will assume you are ready to pay even more.
PS - If America uses its own energy resources the result is more oil for other countries and downward pressure on prices. It is just being a good neighbor.
I agree we should spend our money here. However it doesn't matter how much we produce here, there is no effect on the price of oil based on our production. even if we produced enough oil to supply most of our daily production the cost per barrel would still be based on the world market price. Imagine if we (Domestic Oil Co) paid the landowner 30.00/barrel while the world market was paying 100.00/barrel. How would that landowner in the USA feel. he would be mad as he could be. He woul demand payment equal to the world price. Yes if we produced more oil here in the USA world demand would be reduced and the price would go down. However American doesnot have the conventional oil reserves to make a big differnce. Yes the gulf of mexico still hold tremendous potential however the cost to find and produce this potential is huge. For example one well in the deep water gulf(7000-10000')cost approx. 100,000,000.00 per well and this is a low estimate. I have hear srories about one well costing 250,000,000.00 and it was a dry hole. There is also great potential in Alaska, however the enviromentist will not allow drilled in this area. An exploration well drilled in Alaska aslo would cost 100,000,000.00 most likely. I worked for a compnay that was involved in the last big Alaskan offshore well and that well cost 150,000,000.00 back in the 1980's. It was a dry hole. The time frame for getting any production from these two areas if a discovery is made is about 10 years.
Ted

North Bay, Canada

#5 May 31, 2008
My question is why isn't everyone driving an electric or hydrogen car now. That's because the oil companies and Automakers designed it that way. We had the technology years ago to make the switch to these and other technologies. We shouldn't be dependent on oil AT ALL. If you have a problem and you can't get in the front door "you go through the back door" Automakers are no doubt good friends with the oil tycoons but we are the ones with the purchasing power to change things. Stop buying cars until Automakers make a HONEST attempt to convert cars over. It must happen eventually anyway and the sooner the better. Reducing gas consumption is also having an affect on oil prices right now. Note the price of a barrel of oil dropped yesterday!!! THERE ARE ANSWERES
Third generation WH guy

Berlin, CT

#6 May 31, 2008
We should also remember that 63 cents of every gallon is State (44.1 cents) and Federal (18.5 cents) taxes. Maybe it's time for those pieces of the puzzle to be reduced, too. California is the only other state with a higher state gas tax than CT at 45.5 cents per gallon. Even Hawaii is only 32 cents. Massachusetts is only 23.5 cents -- why is ours so stinking high?
Knights Of Columbus

Rockville, MD

#7 Jun 1, 2008
Ted wrote:
My question is why isn't everyone driving an electric or hydrogen car now. That's because the oil companies and Automakers designed it that way. We had the technology years ago to make the switch to these and other technologies. We shouldn't be dependent on oil AT ALL. If you have a problem and you can't get in the front door "you go through the back door" Automakers are no doubt good friends with the oil tycoons but we are the ones with the purchasing power to change things. Stop buying cars until Automakers make a HONEST attempt to convert cars over. It must happen eventually anyway and the sooner the better. Reducing gas consumption is also having an affect on oil prices right now. Note the price of a barrel of oil dropped yesterday!!! THERE ARE ANSWERES
Because of 9-11, the Americans plan to wage a war against hamas, israel and the middle east to attack osama bin laden and saddam hussein's cohorts. Our democracy has to be restored and the only way according to Bush and Hayden is to "plan an attack and take back our oil and other resources".

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