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From the article: Why Are Gas Prices So High?
Gasoline prices affect you every time you go to the pump. When gasoline prices are high, do you cut back on your driving, or use alternative transportation? What should the government do to end high gasoline prices? Who is to blame for high gasoline prices? Your Opinion

Six weeks later. Are you kidding me

You've got things a little backwards. I live in Chicago and if the price of a barrel goes up. Gas goes up the next day and if it goes down 10 dollars a barrel it takes six weeks to go back down. Welcome to crook county
—Guest Bob Eckstrom

WHO are these traders?

WHO are these traders? Could we see the names and faces of the men who are manipulating oil prices and affecting our lives on a daily basis? And why hasn't there been some sort of official investigation in to the integrity of these transactions? Is this going to be another Wall St/Madoff/Enron/Banking Bailout where the consumer isn't made aware of the ilegal activity until years after the damage has already been done? It doesn't make any sense! Who is on the side of the consumer?
—Guest Frank

gas prices

Other than greed, why are the prices so high? The trend is to raise it high for a few days then lower it a Little to make you feel your getting a deal. It always goes up fast and comes down slow. I wish we all could stick together like the old days. Just imagine if Republicans got in office. Truly maddening!
—Guest Paul

Not true. No talent.

No Jesus316. The gas price up went like jumper so fast which isn't normal like in past 1950 to 1999 were smooth the gas price up. The price food and anything else are normal price up slowly. Not like the gas price up slowly. A 10 year got gained $3.00 to 4.00 fast than $0.25 to 0.75 gained in 1950 to 1999 which was a good economy. People who have a good job isn't pay rate up fast yet and is no change yet since 1999. McDonald have only pay rate $7.00 to $7.50 in between 1990 to now. Nothing is change. Economy will never better if the gas price will keep up. Our kids are very hungry. Lots of trucks are lost and sell a lot by brokers cuz the gas price keep up. You are seem rich. You need to think people who are poor not like you and in the past.


Its all a ruse. I care about. Ppl w money are trying to take it all. Time for major, change...
—Guest mark




do they use their power fairly around the world? like do they give other countries more oil then others
—Guest lexie


We are all consumers of commodities, therefore we are all responsible for the rise and fall of our fuel prices. Since most everything we consume is delivered by some means of transportation. The more we consume, the more we affects fuel prices. We shouldn't expect governments to cause a change In fuel prices, its up to us to consume less. How many millions of us consume fast foods ,bottled water, at McD's, Starbucks, etc.,drive to the convenience store for a pack of cigarettes and a bag of chips. Maybe we need a movement ,through government advertising, to make people aware of our wasteful attitudes, instead of just advising us to use less gas. As just a microscopic example, how much fuel would be saved if 75 million gal. of bottled water didn't have to get redelivered every week. In an environment where the use of commodities affect the prices of oil/gas we have it in our power to affect prices and we would'nt have to do without all that much. So stop passing the blame. Its us.
—Guest Canadarick


There's a simpler solution. We need to quit driving so much!
—Guest Gina


Why should we change our driving habits? Or the type of vehicle we use. Boycotting one brand would work., why yes they could sell their gas to another company, but what about all the beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, chips, pop, candy, etc.
—Guest John

buy sell

How is it we have oil companies exporting and importing oil? If we are exporting shouldn't we be taking care of our needs first and dropping the prices at home?
—Guest mike

To finally stabalize refinerary gas prod

Govt. should build several national refineries not connected to commercial ones and increase national flow of refined gas. Also, by law limit the outrageous export of currently refined gas so we in USA can enjoy reasonably prices gas. Legislate a ceiling on TRADERS who inflate futures mkt. by driving future commodity costs. It seems obvious that when commodity traders inflate futures, that the consumers feel that "anticipated future cost", which really has no good rationale, to rush out and "fill-up", causing a surge on demand and causing any small supply to shrink and squeeze the product further. Stop the TRADERS who are causing it. The gas future TRADERS also should have to BY LEGISLATION, actually have to take POSESSION of the gas future commodity contracts they signed on to. Right now, they are able to set "future high prices" and sell off that contract, making tons of profit at US citizens expense. If they actually had to by law, take possession of the gas, less motivation for the
—Guest Dr. LMT


I agree with the majority of you; especially that the USA needs to stop sending aid to other countries and use those funds to help the citizens in the USA. In addition, we need to start looking for alternatives to gas powered objects ASAP!!
—Guest ConsciousConsumer


read george orwell's 1984 - it's a real eye opener and a classic of course. i sure hope we/us american's wake up before it's too late. i happen to agree with everyone elses posts - greed, political favors, stupidity in our govt leaders, people afraid to speak up, a culture of no family is family, i could go on - in fact, 1984 really hits home about 'families' in a positively frightening way. please don't give up, Americans! i'm not a great writer or brain; but we have to do something; i guess this forum and all like it is the only way.
—Guest cookie

tired of trying

I used to be comfortable, have a little money in the bank, and able to go on vacation once a year. No longer...the prices of everything has increased dramatically except my salary - no raise in 5 years! Gas prices are the worst. We give so much money to other countries but we don't help out the US. Our current foreign policies are to blame for our recession
—Guest jayjay

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