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Old 03-27-07, 11:34 AM
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Where's the outrage over gas prices?

Gas prices are about as high as they've ever been. Regular is about $3.25 here, premium about $3.50.

Politicians were screaming about gas prices at least a year before the last election. Multiple threads here blamed the gas companies and the Administration for the prices. But now there's barely a peep from anyone about it.

Why?
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Old 03-27-07, 11:40 AM
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I'm outraged.
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Old 03-27-07, 11:51 AM
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I didn't realize they were so high. I don't think I've bought gas since some time in January.
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Old 03-27-07, 11:56 AM
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Good. More cars off the road - shorter commute.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Good. More cars off the road - shorter commute.
Does anyone really alter their driving habits based on gas prices? I think that's a big part of the problem. We don't. We need gas and will pay the high prices as if we have no other choice. Change our lifestyle? Screw that! I'll just pump away while complaining. And slowly I'll get used to the prices, and I won't complain so much next time they spike. Heck, just recently, I found myself feeling pretty good about filling my tank with $2.45 gas, because at least it was down 40 cents from a high spike. I would have been outraged by that price a few years ago. And so on. Pretty soon we'll be happy and complacent with $4 gas.
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Old 03-27-07, 12:09 PM
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Does anyone really alter their driving habits based on gas prices?
<a href = "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demand_elasticity">Price elasticity of demand</a>
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Old 03-27-07, 12:10 PM
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You're probably right - people bitch and bitch but few in areas w/public transport actually adjust their lives accordingly.
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Old 03-27-07, 12:21 PM
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In my area they're 60 cents below what they were when the sheepish Repubs called them to testify before Congress.

I would expect this Congress, once the Iraq 'things' have been settled, and the Gonzales mess settled, to summon the CEOs of the major oil companies for hearings.
The difference between this time and before - they'll think twice about lying since they'll be under oath. I wonder if they'll take the 5th?
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1. People are used to it and realize they are powerless.
2. Prices are not nearly that high around here.
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I haven't bought gas since December and I didn't pay attention to the price. I buy gas maybe four times a year so I really don't care what it costs, as long as it's not $10/gallon.
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Winter's over, gas prices rising again, so I'm once again commuting via train.

Doing the same with freezing weather, it just wasn't an advantage cost-wise, other than minimizing automobile wear-and-tear. Many times I would have to take the bus to the train, and that totally blows up any advantages.

Hopefully, I can get back to only filling up once a month.
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You don't care how much gas cost?

Surely you jest.

The price of gasoline (diesel) affects the price you pay for food and goods that you buy.
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Why no outrage? I bet because the concern is relative and people have been "softened up" already after the Katrina surge.
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Old 03-27-07, 01:09 PM
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I'm not outraged because it's $2.45, not the $3.19 it was when last I bitched.

And, to top it off, it got down as low as $1.87 just a few months ago. Which makes me believe that this whole thing is a gigantic fuckup on a global scale, so why complain?
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Thank goodness that most of the thrid world lives without eletricity and cars. Imagine the prices if that wasn't the case.
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Old 03-27-07, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by X
Gas prices are about as high as they've ever been. Regular is about $3.25 here, premium about $3.50.

Politicians were screaming about gas prices at least a year <b>before the last election</b>. Multiple threads here blamed the gas companies and the Administration for the prices. But now there's barely a peep from anyone about it.

Why?

I think you answered your own question
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Originally Posted by bhk
Thank goodness that most of the thrid world lives without eletricity
What? You honestly believe this?
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It looks like gas price really varies by region.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas/petro...home_page.html

I heard that a number of refineries are closed for normal maintenance. Perhaps they're mostly on the West Coast and that would account for the very high prices out here. While a lot of oil is being refined into heating oil, oil certainly isn't at the high price it was a while ago when gas was this high around here.
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democrats won so there is no more need to be outraged
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Old 03-27-07, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by The Bus
What? You honestly believe this?
http://www.fao.org/docrep/meeting/009/j4313e.htm

6. Four out of five people without electricity live in rural areas in developing countries, mainly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In rural sub-Saharan Africa, women carry on average 20 kg of fuelwood five kilometres every day. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 92 percent of the rural population is without electricity. The number of people living with less than US$1/day is about the same as the number of those lacking access to commercial energy: two billion people. Extending an electric grid to a few households in a rural setting can result in costs of up to $0.70 per kilowatt-hour, seven times the cost of providing electricity in an urban area.
I'm not a math major but 4 out of 5 would qualify as "most". And most of those people don't have cars either.
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Originally Posted by bhk
I'm not a math major.
Clearly. What you quoted states that 80% of the people without electricity live in the third world, not that 80% of the third world is without electricity.
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Clearly. What you quoted states that 80% of the people without electricity live in the third world, not that 80% of the third world is without electricity.

That means I'm not an english major either.
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Originally Posted by bhk

That means I'm not an english major either.
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