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Unhappy public unsure who to blame for high gas prices

Published: Thu, March 22, 2012 @ 9:49 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats' gasoline.

Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can't afford to fill the tank.

From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. And the cost is becoming a political issue just as the presidential campaign kicks into high gear.

Some blame President Barack Obama. Some just cite "the government," while others believe it's the work of big, greedy oil companies. No matter who is responsible, almost everyone seems to want the government to do something, even if people aren't sure what, exactly, it should or can do.

A Gallup poll this month found 85 percent of U.S. adults believe the president and Congress "should take immediate actions to try to control the rising price of gas." An Associated Press-GfK poll last month showed 71 percent believe gas prices are a "very" or "extremely" important matter.


1oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Lets see if this stays posted....Who is to blame ? Guess.,.Speculators, partly . No its your government. Notice how products are shrinking and prices getting higher ? Sure you do its because of the Fed printing money plain and simple. If you took a silver dime minted before 1965 it is now worth 3 dollars cash..Keep the same type of people in power positions ,you will get the same problems. Its our fault.

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2margarita(19 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh for Pete's sake! We all know who is responsible for high gas prices!!!
BO and his friends.The liberals,Pelosi and Reid want us to be just like Europe with their gas prices. C'mon, do you think you would see a newspaper even hinting that BO is responsible. The American people are not stupid. The press thinks they can muddy the waters with articles like this. Americans don't know who to blame,,,hogwash..we know and November will be our time to disinfect DC and get rid of the BO.

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3VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

BO...that's good margarita.

Although many "experts" say our President is not to blame for rising energy costs, his policies (or lack of) have helped to drive prices higher than we have ever seen before. BO sees the rising energy costs as a way to boost his green energy industries, which have been marked with past failures. I am sure his advisers have given him a "target" for acceptable gas prices and we are not there yet.

I read some comments from posters in other publications that scare me. One said he prays gasoline will be $6 per gallon come November so we can vote BO out, while another said he could afford $5.00 per gallon but not $6.00. The scary part of all of this is we are being "prepared" for the eventuality, but we are not prepared for the outcome.

The outcome will be much higher prices for our food and goods we need to sustain our living...and that is where this is going to hurt. We are already seeing price increases driving people to dollar stores, but even their prices are changing. Our economy cannot accept rising prices in goods this summer, but that is going to happen. Leadership can alter this possibility, but I don't expect it to happen.

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4SheepleHerder(22 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago


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5VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

To those who think BO's current energy policies are working. You know...windmills, solar panels, shutting down coal powered generation units. YES...they are working...working to drive the cost of energy up.

The problem with green energy is that the technology takes years to be implemented. Our transportation and trucking industry (which we depend upon so drastically) is years and years away from any significant changes. This leads to the current situation. Our transportation industry is taking a major hit with BO's current energy policies and that is resulting in drastic price increases in our food and goods needed to sustain our living. Many trucking companies are going out of business. Because they can no longer afford to buy fuel, Independent truckers are looking to get jobs with major haulers who charge more for their deliveries. Guess what that means?

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6cambridge(3013 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I realize no matter how many times someone like me posts proof that the president or the government has nothing to do with gas prices or where oil companies sell their gas regardless where they get it morons like the ones posting on this thread will continue to blame Obama and flaunt their ignorance.

It's like that little kid in the movie that told Bruce Willis "I see dumb people, they walk around like everyone else....they don't know they're stupid." So sad.



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7roothifordBhayes(1 comment)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Pelsoi blamed Bush in 2008. Somehow in 2012 the president has lost control of the prices in a few short years.


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8cambridge(3013 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

redeye.....Both articles were written by and credited to the Associated Press.

That seems to be a big part of your problem. When the proof is staring you right in the face you deny it even exists. How about you explaining exactly how Obama controls the price of gas.

Let me give you teabaggers a little advice. When you people tell lies like how Obama is raising gas prices, the rest of us know it's BS and it just moves more and more people away from voting the way you want. Keep up the good work and watch out for that landslide in November.

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9Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Cambridge And Stop
As I have said before

“Never argue with a stupid person for they will only bring
you down to their level and then beat you with experience

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10cambridge(3013 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

redeye.....Thanks for clueing me in a on the liberal press. I'm not in the loop for the teagagger emails so that's probably why I'm not as informed as you. Let me go turn on rush, he'll tell how to think.

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11city_resident(513 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

It's a shame we, as a nation, have painted oursevles into this corner; to have put ourselves at the mercy of the oil companies. If only we had invested more in alternate forms of transportation, people would then be free to choose to NOT drive a car.

Remember this when the WRTA sales tax comes up for renewal next year.

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