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Oil Price

We should get rid of gas and oil WELFARE(lets call it what it is) first of all.Then remove the speculators(VULTURES)who manipulate the markets and get rich on the backs of the honest,hard working Americans that actually have morals.Improvements in mass transportation and alternate fuel vehicles would also help.
—Guest Jon

Obama's plan doesn't reduce overall cost

Obama's "plan" to reduce oil prices, is faulty at best. 1. Gasoline prices when studied from the purchase of crude oil to the gas pump (ei- $103 per barrel/55 gal. to the $3.90 per gal./$214 per barrel) is over twice as much. What is not mentioned is all the taxes placed on oil along the way in it's process to the gas pump. The federal tax only is applied at one juncture, but there is still the regulatory fees and taxes as well atlas the inclusion of ethanol which in itself increased the price of fuel. But by Obama seeking the bio-friendly means it only adds to more taxes that Americans will have to pay: new laws of inspection for bio-friendly vehicles taxed and regulated by the government, new electric meters for traveling vehicles taxed and regulated by the government, demand for more ethanol which is already taxed and regulated by the government. The list goes on... I do not believe Obama has a good plan.
—Guest Shane

speculators

We are paying the price on investors profits. We use less and less and still the price increases. Not everything should be traded as a commodity. We bailed out wall street once. The grab for money, money, money is what will ruin this country. IF this continues, we will see a revolution. And those who want drilling in the US only if it is not near them. I doubt that North Carolinians (where I live) would want drilling off the Outer Banks. We have to find new power sources!
—Guest fed up

gas prices

open up domestic reserves and complete our continental pipelines so we can be independant of outside US oil
—Guest mike

Gas prices aren't too high.

Gas prices aren't high at all, in fact they haven't risen much since the late 1940's. Back then a gallon of gas cost 20 cents. The silver content of 2 dimes from that era, based on todays prices, is worth $4.68. So the correct answer is that the cost of gas isn't going up. Instead, the value of our money is going down, and at a frightening rate. The government has been lying to the people about our true inflation rate. The current CPI index no longer uses the price of food or fuel in its computations. The problem is unrestrained government spending paid for by an unconstitutional privately owned central bank that simply prints the money as it needs to. fs
—Guest Swemson

Cut demand?

I was surprised to see about.com put the liberal spin on their web that the way to reduce gas prices is to cut demand. If that is true, then so is the inverse...increase supply. Contrary to popular belief the US is sitting on tremendous oil reserves. It is time to put aside the liberal environmentalist dogma ans increase our own supply while reducing demand.
—Guest Rmontbr

Comments

First of all I would like you to state everything in Metric since Canada is metric. I know you copied this from the States. Second, some people are buying ELECTRIC motorcycles for short trip. I will buy one shortly. No license or insurance (yet)necessary! They have a range of 100 km over flat terain and the barreries charge overnight right from your 110 V home outlet. PLEASE THINK OUT OF THE BOX and remember, this is suppose to be a Canadian website.
—Guest Anthony Bouwman

Response to Comments

Guest Steveo - you write that solar and wind power are free. I would bet, not my paycheck but my LIFE that if the use of wind or solar in individual homes started to reach 50% verses coal, electric, etc., Uncle Same & your guv'na would be at your wallet w/ some type of tax or fee in a New York second AND they Gov'mnt subsidize poor oil companies as with farming & "green" businesses. Go ahead & build me a car that works using those "fuels." I'm not stopping you. Must last 300 miles per tankful unlike silly hybrids. Second: what really gets me is that each dollar I earn buys so little now and it all started with rising gas prices in 2004? 2005? (remember Russia coming to Japan's aid? That was the warning of a new era in oil's importance because Russia and Japan are NOT friends.). People: the horse is out of the barn and down the road and into the next county! Oil rules and will for at least another two or three centuries. We are enslaved. Drive less, stay home and enjoy eachother.
—Guest Gibbers

So Simple

The price of gas hurts my family everyday. My husband has to drive about 40 minutes to work everyday. He is also a truckdriver so no raise will be forthcoming. Wall Street is to blame for most of our problems with the price of gas as has been the price for all major commodities. We also could help the price of the barrel fall by stop exporting all the products the Middle East need to survive like grains and everyday products. Hurt them where they hurt us, in the pocketbook. When the paychecks of the middleclass does not rise to adjust with the cost of living, the United States is going to continue to fall. The wealthy is not concerned as they have their funds and businesses and can continue to live comfortably. Actors and Actresses jump on the band wagon to help other countries in need, but when have you seen them complaining about the rising price of gas or the problems facing their own country. Shame on them!
—Guest Eyes Open

Mr.

Gas here in Jefferson Ohio just reached 3.99 a gal. It was 3.89 yesterday.We send millions of our tax money n aid to countries who would like to see us dead. Why? Politics! We need to stop helping the world and start helping our own. Start off shore drilling and start tapping into our own natural resources -Alaska,Oklahoma,Texas to name a few. Also we need to start electing people who believe in Jesus Christ, the Bible, and the American way of life. And put this country back into the hands of the people, not power hungry, greedy politicians What ever happened to "We the people" and our great republic where states rights trumped government interference. I think the good Lord is trying to get our attention. I close with II Chron. 7:14 "If my people,who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and TURN from their wicked ways,(like greed and selfish pleasures) then I will hear from Heaven, forgive their sin, and will heal their land. "
—Guest terry wolcott

Wallstreet

If the whole article is considered it seems to be clearly a matter of investors wanting to profit off hedge funds and little to do with the actual cost of oil. Like with real estate. The values were exaggerated. Consumers taken advantage of and left holding the bag(debt) while traders got rich. Same idea with guessing and selling futures on the price of oil. Whats next.? Oxygen? You have to pay or your screwed.
—Guest Lisa

Blaming consumers is not the answer

Telling Americans who are stuck in homes we cannot sell, to move to closer to a job that might not be there in a couple of months shows a political slant. The bigger picture is how our consumer goods get to stores and prices go up as well driving up prices for EVERYTHING when our earning power is already reduced! Let me telecommute, that will save gas....Hire me permanently that will too. But the American driver in relationship to OPEC's behavior in rising the price of crude? Very narrow minded! OPEC wishes to punish the west and force IT'S political motives on the west, SO WHY BLAME THE U.S. or a tiny country like Israel? OPEC nations hate the US and Israel so they are to blame? What about rising global demand for oil (CHINA)? All you can say is the average American grunt trying to get to work is to blame and and it's the fact that the US and Israel want to stop crazy Iran form getting nukes are to blame. WAKE UP!
—Guest Evan

remedy to high gasoline prices

The U.S. government and state governments should get into oil/gasoline business, build its refineries, and sell gasoline for consumers, essentially eliminating all those taxes. The governmenets would still profit generously from selling the product directly to consumer.
—Guest fishfinder

Try living in Britain

Gas or petrol as we call it here is £1.38 a litre. There are 3.78 litres in a gallon, and £1 is $1.56, so our gas is $8.20 a gallon! But it is a smaller country, home to work is usually under 10 miles.
—Guest David Atherton

What about our Oil here in America!!

We have our own oil, get off your duffs and let us use it!!!!!!!!
—Guest KCherry

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