Gas Prices Soar Due To Tensions With Iran, Refinery Closures

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Soaring gas prices are giving drivers a new round of pain at the pump.

Fuel prices have risen 25 of the past 26 days in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to AAA.

At an average of $4.06 a gallon, prices are at their highest point since last summer.

CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reports that a gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is $4.93 a gallon at a Shell station in the Miracle Mile district.

It’s not unusual to have price jumps in February, but AAA and the Oil Price Information Service say gas prices were already at record highs.

Motorists across the Southland say they are not only checking prices, but they are also doing their best to conserve gas.

Analysts say prices are on the rise due to escalating tensions with Iran over its nuclear program, as well as the closings of several California refineries for maintenance.

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  1. Hal 9000 says:

    Then, why aren’t we producing our own energy here in the US?

    We need a new President as Oblunder rejected the Keystone Pipeline cause he knew that would be GOOD for America.

    Time to replace Oblama in 2012 & send this has been back to Kenya.

    1. Bob Sloggin says:

      Because we have idiots in power.

      1. dan hutton says:

        When Bush and Chaney were in office, we were told that gas prices were high because “big oil men” were in office. Why now?

      2. JOSH.0 says:

        FAR FROM IDIOTS this is exactly what they want and have planned on.. YOU KNOW? THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY OWN THIS COUNTRY

      3. mmercir says:

        The tankers are hovering about in internatiol waters, waiting for Cheney to get off the Halliburton hurricane machine…

        They need instruction from the Bush cabal.

      4. TyrannicalGovernment says:

        Because of unelected officials who put themselves in power after the coup and cover up. We have no president and no legal rights anymore.

        http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com

      5. St says:

        Gas Prices are just going to be another hit to the economy.

        http://www.dailyjobcuts.com
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      6. mdking says:

        because odumbo wants gas high so people will buy government motors electric death traps…..

      7. VoltOwner says:

        Actually, the Chevy Volt is looking pretty good right about now…
        I have not had to put ANY gas in mine since June, as in last year. By plugging in each night and charging while the sun don’t shine, I can drive up to 40 miles each day for about a dollar. My nighttime rates are about $0.13 per KWh, daytime is much higher. Still, I only drive 20-25 miles per day. On those rare days when I need to drive further than the battery can take me, I get around 40MPG, but I have only used about 2 gallons of the gas the dealer put in so far. I expect to have to use that tank up by June, as the car is programmed to use it up in order to keep the gas fresh.

        Not looking forward to standing in the heat to fill my car, but once a year is not all that bad.

        That’s Top Safety Rated death trap to you… FUD by the oil companies, who see it as a threat to their bottom line. (The sure have bought a LOT of trolls to spread their message of hate for domestically produced electricity. They would much rather you keep spending on their terror juice.

    2. Fred says:

      I found out recently the new pipeline oil is for export overseas only. They passed a
      bill in Washington on this. So, the U.S. won’t get any of the oil

      1. murrayw says:

        Quote which Bill. You’re a nut.

      2. Gryphonwhip says:

        THERE IS NO PIPELINE BECAUSE OF OBAMA YOU IDIOT!

      3. MBC says:

        Fred, with all due respect, you have incorrect information about the failure of the U.S. to get the oil pipeline from our close northern neighbor. The Congress was not involved. There was no bill for Obama to veto. The president simply forbade the regulatory agency under his control to build the pipeline.

        Remember, Fred, in Obama’s early campaign he stated that he wanted the gas prices to go to $7 a gallon. His hope is to destroy the middle class and he’s doing a fine job! He’s cut off out friendly neighbor northern supply and has supported the overthrow of governments in the middle east in order to put the Islamics in power. Carter helped with this too, but probably not with the anti-American purpose of our present president.

      4. Guy says:

        Fred: Not true. This was to have been a domestic pipeline that served the midwest, Texas and California

      5. mmercir says:

        Refined petrolium is a commodity. Global output determines price based on availibility and demand.

        The Canadian and American sand fields are going to send their product to the best logistical destination for the best price the market will accept.

        Unfortunately, for the next few years… it will not be in the US.

        just remember, this all George Bushes fault.

      6. ILikeRush says:

        Dumb Sheet

      7. Xenophon10 says:

        How are things in the 5th Dimension? Glad you could visit Earth.

    3. BlogMagog says:

      Absolutely shocking he delayed the pipeline !!!! shocking what he is doing

      1. bob says:

        i hope i have some change left after filling up my gas tank to get to work this week.

    4. J in Pasadena says:

      It’s not as nutty as you think. ALL the oil produced in Alaska goes to China! Yes, China! It’s not about helping America, it’s about the almighty dollar.

      http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/05/news/economy/gasoline_export/index.htm?hpt=hp_t2

      1. jim says:

        where do you guys come up with this stuff?

    5. We actually do. Strangely enough we just sell it to others. Makes no sense. Won’t matter anyway once everything collapses. Get ready.

      https://allroadsleadtofema.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/entry-1/

      1. Mike says:

        Sorry dude, you’re a loon

    6. RonnieReagan says:

      The Chevy Volts are coming. Mine gets over 100mpg, and for the most part burns AMERICAN MADE ELECTRICTY. Soon after, mainstream cars that use no oil for getting to B from A. The electrification of the American automobile is inevitable. It’s just a matter of WHEN you accept it as fact.

      1. Rick in Cali says:

        Maybe so, if you can keep them from burning.

      2. PaulR says:

        Government subsidized design and manufacture. Government subsidized purchase. Take away all of the tax dollars invested in the Volt and see how many get purchased. The rtrue hybrids are the way to go. If the Volt and other electrics are so great then why is GM going in another direction (E-Assist) with the balance of its fleet while the Volt flounders?

      3. jlou says:

        Uh, no that is not true. The pipeline oil will be sold here in the US. As to what Barry wants, they want people NOT to be able to travel so they can continue to push their costly socialist agenda.

        As to the Chevy Volts, they are done after five years and you cannot re-sell them. Right now they are catching on fire. And, where do you think that electricity comes from?

    7. SteveMT says:

      “Why aren’t we producing our own energy here in the US?”

      We are, but we are exporting even more of these finished refined fuels. Consumption of these fuels has decreased because of this depression, so they are being sold overseas. America’s three biggest exports are:
      1. Gasoline
      2. Jet Fuel
      3. Diesel Fuel
      The Keystone Pipeline will only provide a means for Canada to export their oil, and it will not lower fuel prices in the States; these prices would actually further increase if this pipeline is ever built.

      1. dan says:

        get your facts together
        Largest exports are plans – machine tools – chemicals – industrial electronics – agriculture

        majority of gas produced in this country is consumed in this country

        pipeline was not for export but to the refineries on the gulf coast…some of the refined products will be exported but majority of the refined gas would be consumed here

    8. James says:

      obumbla does not want us to produce oil as do most democrats

    9. redob says:

      He’s from the US ya idjut.
      I’m republican, but hell comments like that are just plain stupid.

    10. mike says:

      I can’t even get a job.That’s because that aS$hole lawyer Robert Hale from Hale and Nguyen in Brea couldn’t help me with my case. Now I’m a bitter aS$puck that has a beef with law enforcement and everybody on the internet. I used multiple screen names like [GROW..APAIR], [wg//af], [up//yours], [Mike in San Diego], [Mike in Upland], [1stman] and [kma] so no one can track me down. I challenge people to meet me in front of the Fullerton P.D. station for my protection. I’m such a puS$y dumbf**k with nothing to say I post to myself.

      I’ll use your screen name next, puS$y

    11. s.u. says:

      The EPA doesn’t want oil drilled here because it contributes to pollution. Therefore Obama is going along with them, because he and the liberal democrats get votes from these crooks. Before Bush left office gasoline was a $1.80 a gallon. Still to high, but now look it’s over $3.00 a gallon and climbing. Wait until 2013 when 6 midwest coal companies shut down due to EPA new regulations. They said the shutdown would last probably at least 3 months thanks to Obama and the EPA.

    12. Jay Capistrano says:

      Cheney and Bush cant be troubled with rigging international oil prices-they are too busy placing explosives for the next “inside job” – “we dont know the whole truth” 9/11 – those two have to place a lot of explosives, especially w/o anyone knowing, so dont bother them with another conspiracy they are behind, they have enough work trying do this one.

    13. JD says:

      Why should there be any surprise? It’s one of Obama’s campaign promises. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, under his administration gas prices would quote ‘necessarily skyrocket’. What kind of moron has a plan to raise gas prices at the pumps? One who’s out to destroy the country. He was raised to be a radical in his childhood days in Indonesia and during his college years and we’re seeing the results.

    14. Bebe says:

      Nice try. The Keystone pipeline takes oil sands from Canada THROUGH the U.S. and onto the world market. It has nothing to do with the domestic oil supply.

      Demand for oil in the U.S. is at its lowest level in five years. The ONLY reason gas prices are high is speculation on Wall St. but evidently CBS is too afraid of the financial services industry to point that out.

      That’s the truth. But if you’d rather live in the bubble, you’re only hurting yourself and your loved ones. Enjoy.

      1. Bebe says:

        Also the U.S. only controls 2% of the world’s oil supply, so all you cowboys talking about being energy independent in connection with fossil fuels have no answers.

  2. Red says:

    Btw, that station in miracle mile is a dollar more than the surrounding stations in the are. No one uses it for gas, just for photo ops and disingenuous reporting.

    1. Dan L says:

      Yeah they just have pumps to get photo-ops. I see people pumping gas there all the time.

    2. JustAGuy says:

      I never heard of someone operating a business just for photo ops.

      1. Mike says:

        There is a Valero station near me that is consistently 10 to 20 cents higher than the station across the street from him. Why? He’s tired of dealing with the gas and actually doesn’t want gas customers; they interfere with his liquor store business.

  3. Dan L says:

    Thanks Odummy for stopping oil drilling off the coast and cancelling the Keystone Pipeline. Thanks Odummy for building an electric car that goes 50 miles on a charge, sets your house on fire, and gets charged up with coal generated electricity. REALLY, REALLY a smart guy.

  4. Eli says:

    Well…

    The US having more expensive gas then Canada. Never thought I’d see that.

    1. Don says:

      The US being more socialist than Canada. Never thought I’d see that either.

    2. Jean Poole says:

      ‘The US having more expensive gas then Canada.

      Try this – The US having more expensive gas THAN Canada.

      1. randy says:

        Lot of time on your hands, Jean?

      2. MBC says:

        Don’t be too hard on him, Jean. I find that a lot of people don’t know the difference between “then” and “than”; or “to” and “too”. The English language isn’t easy to learn with so many pronunciations the same, but spelling and meaning different. In a book I wrote, the copy editor, no less, changed every single “than” to “then”.

        But this is off the subject. We are in big trouble with the “Islamist Firster” in control.

      3. Eli says:

        Well this being “Canada” then is also acceptable in our version of english. Don’t worry your head over it. I know, hard thing to realize. Much like the spelling centre is also correct, and color. Did I just break your brain?

  5. JulianusRex says:

    CA voted for him and intends to do so again. You deserve what you get.

    1. Roger Grey says:

      Like California is wholly responsible. Stop knocking California–plenty of other states voted for him, too: Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts. So don’t blame just us. And, don’t forget there were millions here who voted the other way! Did Californians elect Ronald Reagan as our governor or was that done by the people of Arizona?

      1. obozosux says:

        You are correct, plenty of states DID vote for him. But I there is a delicious irony in the fact that L.A., the epicenter of radical liberalism, Is paying most dearly for their blind loyalty. Makes me smile.

      2. Rick in Cali says:

        They also put Brown back in office. Example, the multi-billion dollar bullet train? He said why doesn’t Cali have it if China does? Kind of shows you where his beliefs are.

    2. maroonvee says:

      And who gave us Brown and the Dem legislature… idjits.

  6. JAMES FISKE says:

    FURTHER IT HAS BEEN REPORTED ON THE EAST COAST THE TWO COMPANIES ARE SERIOUSLLY CONSIDERING CLOSING THEIR REFINERIES IN THE PHILADELPHIA WILL IF DONE WOULD DRIVE WAY UP HEATING OIL AND VEHICLE ENGERY SKII HIGH.!! YET, CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT TAKES OFF ANOTHER WEEK WORK ON OUR PROBLEMS IFOR FUND RAISING RE ELECTIONS . YOU G O T WONDER IF THEY ARE NOT ALL BRAIN DEAD…OH NO!!!! THERI JUST POWER HUNGRY FOR SCAMS AND MORE POWER!!

    1. Jean Poole says:

      Shouting does not mean that you spell any better.

  7. Cogito says:

    We can thank the party of no…to expanding on-shore drilling, to expanding off-shore drilling, to the keystone pipeline, and to anyother attempt to increase supply, and decrease demand on Arab oil. According to the Left, Bush went to Iraq for oil, but now the Democrats own it all and they do not want to give it up.

  8. John Barnett says:

    These are people that deserve high prices, elect slugs like Obama and Brown, enjoy.

    1. exbobbie says:

      Not all of us did John. Unfortunately we in the south and south east parts of California are largely conservative, BUT, we are outnumbered by the liberals and moderates from the north, LA and up. There is a movement to split California into those two regions north and southeast, don’t know if it will happen, but I’ll vote for it.

  9. Dave W says:

    Prices are going up because the Fed is printing money. The dollar is worth half what it was $5 years ago. The only politician talking about this is Ron Paul.

    1. MBC says:

      Bravo Dave W! You are so right.

      Ron Paul is a true American and a great patriot. He is well educated, intuitive, smart and focused. I am very wary of the Mormon Brotherhood and have had experience with their exclusion of non-Mormons professionally and socially.
      However, we need to remove Obama from power; he is destroying us. So we will all need to support the one who faces him at the end of this year.

  10. Kelvin says:

    Hope and change baby, hope and change.
    We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
    Maybe if the prices were in Austrian, you would understand that energy prices could necessarily skyrocket, and you could drive the intercontinental highway across all 57 states.

  11. R E says:

    James please we can hear you okay? Geez…….

  12. Brian says:

    I say it is time for a civil war this is extrotion and this will cause another recission pay checks are getting smaller hyper inflation leads to war

  13. Brian says:

    when gas to 5 dollars and beyond I stop driving

    1. bob says:

      nice if you don’t have to drive to work

    2. Greg says:

      Which is after all exactly what our central planners want. Stop driving and AGW doomsayers are happy, rail proponents are happy , city planners are happy and politicians who enjoy telling others how to live their lives are happy. All we loose is freedom. And of course money which is not ours but its use by us is allowed by our benevolent government.

    3. Lynn says:

      My mother said that when cigarettes reached $2.00 a pack, she would quite smoking. Guess what. Cigarettes are now approximately $4.50 a pack and she still smokes. Be careful what you promise to do.

      1. Lynn says:

        I know, I misspelled quit. So no comments please from the people that find it necessary to comment on everybody’s typo’s

  14. Midge Martin says:

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken

    http://911essentials.com

  15. Fred says:

    L.A. gas is way to expensive. In Norther Colorado they are paying $3.01 on 2/19/2012 for regular gas.

    1. bud says:

      California can’t have it both ways. Cheaper gas and environmental politicians don’t mix. Pick one or the other. Clean technology does exist, but accidents happen. Or you can buy it from overseas and pay through the nose.

    2. maroonvee says:

      Well of course, in CA we have a high gas tax, on top of the federal gas tax.. didn’t you know?

      1. jaline says:

        Not to mention all the special blends of gasoline that cost more.

  16. Brian says:

    and when morons spend 6 dollars they should be shoot

  17. Steve says:

    Just like Pelosi said, it’s the oilmen in the whitehouse!!!

  18. BlogMagog says:

    OH yeah LA, YOU GOT WHAT YOU VOTED FOR !!!! Enjoy that $5 gas you fools and go vote Obama again.

  19. Jean Poole says:

    They are higher in Nth. San Diego county. $4.05 for regular. in Valley Center. Thanks Obama

  20. beegee1970 says:

    I’ve stated this numerous times… You want to fix the middle east tension, gas prices, world peace. The US should announce starting immediately that we will be selling a bushel of corn, grain, soybeans, etc… as the same price of a barrel of oil. If they don’t want to sell their natural resources at a reasonable price then we shouldn’t give away ours.

  21. Trajan Long says:

    Between the Fed and Obama’s idiot policies the dollar is losing value. Our energy policy is also the worst in US history. Stagflation is here, just like Carter only worse.

  22. murrayw says:

    California with all of thier stupid regulations and laws has forced the price of fuel to increase. Mileage of cars and trucks is lower to meet things like tier 4 emissions where we burn extra diesel just to burn exhaust. If people in LA and the rest of California want to keep electing these eco zealots and people control freaks they deserve to pay ever increasing gas prices.

    1. jkl says:

      As a kid growing up is L.A. in the mid 50’s, I remember smog days so bad I could not breathe because it hurt so badly. With the advent of catalytic converters and changes in gasoline formulations, the air quality is considerably better. If you don’t think that is worth something, you can certainly find a smoggier place to live.

  23. JustAGuy says:

    I’m glad I no longer live in California. On top of all the turmoil in the world that Obama can’t / won’t address because he’s focused like a laser beam on his re-election, California, being California has imposed high taxation on gas.

    That $4.93 paid in the Miracle Mile is about $1.55 HIGHER than what I paid this morning. But then again, I live in a red state!😀

  24. James Anderson says:

    Yet Obama wants $7.00 a gallon gas to “encourage” conservation and switch over to green energy.

    What a butt wipe.

  25. maroonvee says:

    Meanwhile, Moochelle is offing on a vacation to ski in Aspen.. where the 1% go.

    1. WookiesCanSki says:

      Marie Antoinette Obama is just practicing her mantra of “Shared Sacrifice Wealth Redistribution” – or, in other words, your Tax Dollars supporting her and her daughters Aspen Ski Vacation with the 1%. Notice that the Mainstream Meidia is NOT covering this…

  26. Joey S. says:

    Time for all the politicians and the media to start blaming Iran for the skyrocketing oil prices while ignoring our gubamint’s stupid domestic energy policies and the refusal to tap into our own resources.
    Nothing like a new war abroad to redirect everyone’s attention from the real problems at home.

  27. cletus van damme says:

    Great time for gas to go up; just bought a 70 chevelle.

  28. watchitgo says:

    This is just one more “NEW” excuse to increase gas prices. If one collected all the excuses over the history of the automobiile it would take many volumes! Obama gave the industry the green light when he said as the economy gains be prepared for $5.00 a gallon gas. Gosh, it only took them a week to make use of his comment! Let us produce our own fuel!

  29. Doug says:

    Why are oil companies raising prices ? Because they can.

  30. Tim Lucas says:

    It’s Obama’s fault!!! He’s in bed with the oil companies.

    In reply to idiots that stated “It’s Bush’s fault he’s in bed with the oil companies”.

    The do nothing president has done absolutely nothing. No new wells, no new refinery to covert oil and all in thanks to those groups that pander to prairiefairy philosophy and wave your magic want.

    So step up save the planet while others drill the oil this country could have so now you can pay the price. The drilling subsidized by tax payers for Mexico and Britian to drill the same well but the profits go to them because of your magic wand. Congrats to groupie’s.

  31. bobby6343 says:

    I for one am glad this is happening to us, the people wanted “Hope and Change” and guess what, you got it! Now “Hope” that you can still have a job to fill up your gas tank, cause as the price of fuel continues to raise, you will not have any “change” left over to put food on your table.

    What might be worst than the price of raising fuel cost, is that these same idiots will vote to re-elected O bummer into office again! It’s so true, election have consequences!

    You deserved what you voted for!

  32. Mikes says:

    California is America’s 1%ers, The rich and their “No one walk in LA” attitude. They deserve what they get.

    1. Rick says:

      I walk all the time as do many I know. Maybe you should trade in your Missing Persons 8 Track and throw away your Circus magazines with stuck together pages featuring a Terry Bozio spread.

    2. Rick says:

      In addition, if you hate California so much why are you reading a California news website?

  33. Dave says:

    Why all the fuss?

    Obama said he didn’t mind $4/gallon gasoline which is another reason he vetoed the Keystone Pipeline. All you good Obamabots need to do your part. Now is the time to buy your Chevy Volt. A bargain at $35K.

    I thought all you Californian’s would be happy with such prices. They mean more people will be buying green energy. Ooops, I forgot, the electricity for the electric cars predominantly comes from coal and will for decades to come. While the Greens are pushing for electric cars they are also working to reduce cleaner, more affordable sources of electricity. Why? Because they are driven by ideology and fear driven, not science driven.

    So there really isn’t a net decrease in energy consumption using an electric car. Of course if Greenies would allow more nuclear energy, then we really could get an overall net energy savings from electric cars. As it stands now, they represent a net INCREASE in energy consumption…… which of course is a dirty little secret they don’t want people to know. Oh and BTW, a recent Tenn University study showed they also represent a net increase in particulate “fines” …. the most dangerous form of air pollution for your lungs

    So go buy your Chevy Volts while you can still get the $7500 rebate. The government has to bribe people to buy this “not ready for prime-time” technology. You can pretend you are saving the planet while being pretenious. But hurry. When the $7500 rebate goes away, so will the Chevy Volt

    1. YankeeClipper says:

      The 10 hour battery charge for the volt costs over $18.00 in electricity for your 50 mile drive at today’s electricity rate!! Hurry up Zombies go get your Obama sticker for your new Volt…..God Help Us All if this idiot get’s re-elected!!

      1. Amazing Chevy Volt EREV- Facts Guy says:

        What? Try Bout A Buck A Day Pal!

        http://www.lbwl.com/PEVintro.pdf

        Or, if not at .11 Cents A kwh, T.O.U. Will Work Wonders!

  34. William Ferguson says:

    Obama stated that under his system gas prices would necessarily sky rocket.

  35. Stand-Up for America says:

    The people that elected Obama live in concentrated urban areas with legacy mass transit or areas that support walking just about everywhere you go…that leaves the 99% of the rest of the land mass of this country to flounder.

    The “elite” urbanites are strangling those of us who appreciate freedom and space. It’s the only way they can exert control over us without amending the Constitution.

    I think that the cities with such a high concentration of Democraots (New York, LA, Chicago, Philly, etc.) Ban all car traffic in the city…that’s the European way, so they should feel right at home. This will remove millions of cars from the roads and lower emissions over night.

  36. John says:

    Why is Obama making gas so expensive? Why is he bvanning Gulf drilling and canceling oil pipelines? Why is he trying to make energy prices “skyrocket”?

    Is it for all his campaign donors that have big investments in solar? I thought Obama said he was going to end lobbyist control of government.

  37. Tipster says:

    This is ridiculous! We should punish the oil companies by making them plug all of their oil wells! I thought that they would’ve learned their lesson when we didn’t let them drill in an new places, but they didn’t! Maybe after we make them plug all of their wells they will understand that the American, liberal left people and media mean business and they will then lower their prices!

    Sadly, a majority of the people are so stupid that that is how they think! Gotta brain wash ’em early!

  38. Pres. Zero says:

    King Hussein Obama blocked the Keystone Pipeline, and as a result the oil is being sold to the Chinese – Priceless…

  39. Edward Boothe says:

    I would be willing to pay $10 a gallon if it would keep Ovomit from getting a second term and making this a communist state.

  40. Edward Boothe says:

    Do you believe that Barrack Hussein Obama was married to his wife, had his two daughters baptized by “Rev” Wright, sat in his “church” for twenty years, and called him his mentor, before he threw him under the bus, and did not agree with this hate speech.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwQWuQVE6sw

    We are on the verge of losing the greatest Democracy in the history of the world. This election is going to be a choice between Communism and Freedom. PLEASE get out and vote regardless of who the GOP nominee is. Right now it looks like Obama is going to win, and we can say good by to our freedom. Turnout is the only thing that is going to prevent this from becoming a bankrupt Communist State within the next five years, as Ann Coulter said, Jeffery Dahmer would be better than what we have. This is going to be the most important election in the history of the United States, and possibly the last. It is going to be so close, that turnout will determine if we remain a democracy, or become a Communist state.

    Radical anarchists and Communists such as David Axelrod, William Ayers, Saul Lewinsky, “Rev” Wright and other ne’er-do-well’s, have been grooming Obama to take over this country for 20 years. Is that what you want? If not, PLEASE email this to every one you know, and hope it goes viral.

    “Communism is a philosophy of failure,
    The creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
    Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill

  41. Obama Depression says:

    The higher the energy prices, the better.

    The Obamessiah ran on this platform in 2008.

    What?

    You missed it?

  42. fritz von says:

    Prices must go up so they can come down just before election day.

  43. Dave says:

    i bet that SUV is going to be cool looking just parked for some people. Nelson HaHa!

  44. scottg says:

    This is the change you voted for, between the Obama admins environmental policy where they want high fuel prices to control your actions, so does California, specifically CARB,
    Mary Nichols, a veteran of the EPA recently reappointed by Jerry Brown as head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). At a conference in the early 1990s, Nichols said that $5 a gallon for gasoline would be a good thing. The reasoning seems to be that, faced with high prices, people would drive less, pollute less, use politically correct “public” transportation, and seek alternative forms of energy.

    this is planned, and most of fell for the save the bunnies hype, you got exactly what you voted for.

  45. Gman says:

    Anyone that thinks that it’s Obama’s fault that gas prices are getting higher is unaware of the global economy of oil. Go ahead and complain in here with your like-minded idiots, but neither party has your back. So if you really think a Palin/McCain America would be any different, keep drinking your Kool-ais. Simpletons.

  46. Mememe says:

    How’s that HopeyChangey thing going you stupid Obama cult followers?

  47. Titainiumman says:

    Where is the Obama adoring press?When Bush was in office if gas went up two cents it was front page news,At one point it became a daily complaint by the leftist media,But now that their marxist muslim leader is in office (a presidential candidate they refused to put through the vetting process,)They are quite mute on the matter.
    Once again the media shows that they cannot be trusted to bring the truth to the american people.

  48. Titainiumman says:

    You should expect nothing but failure when you give the reins of the largest economy in the world to a guy that doesn’t even have the experience of running a front yard lemonade stand

    1. Jay Capistrano says:

      Your last comment was key-its the media. “If a liberal President destroys an economy in a forest, and no one hears it crash/explode, did he actually destroy the economy?’ Media fails to link any failed liberal policies to their consequences-like this ridiculous CBS “reporting” No mention of Obama’s pipeline decision. Lib media and this fraud lawyer/organizer President destroying the US.

  49. Titainiumman says:

    Obama has proven time and time again that he is an economic illiterate,Trying to pick winners and losers,See Solyndra and the other new energy programs that this administration has pumped over 35 billion into with nothing to report but failure and bankruptcies,By using these firms to funnel monies to his donaters and bundlers Obama has shown that chicago style politics are alive and well in the whitehouse.

  50. Cincinnatus says:

    California – you get what you deserve – you vote for liberals and you think the prices will drop?

    A second term for obama would mean $7 a gallon gas. Enjoy.

  51. MissV says:

    Interesting! News last night said the prices were up here in Los Angeles due to maintenance which is it? Why the hell do I hear saber rattling AGAIN! Get these elections over and done with. No help in sight for the people only the politicians and the military. Do we get another stolen election or do we get another war president? I take neither!!!!!!!!!! If you raise the price of gas you need to increase the minimum wage so it is agreeable, otherwise a person needs to start walking. Got the best idea yet why doesn’t everyone just get rid of the nuclear weapons and lets try some peace for a change!

  52. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

    We are like the horse who will die of thirst at the watering hole.————–Decades of obstructionist Democrat/liberal/leftist members of Congress, coupled with the anti-energy policies and stances of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, have produced this harvest.—————I guess, though, Obama and his DLL gaggle, including the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party — the once mainstream news media — with blame Bush 43, Bush 41, Reagan, Eisenhower et. al.

    1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

      You do kinda look like a horse.

  53. Rocky says:

    This is what happens when a COMMUNIST/RACIST/AMERICA HATER Islamist is in the White House !
    Lets not forget ANTI -Semitic.

  54. most dismayed says:

    When will a news program take the time to break down all the ridiculous taxes we pay per gallon of gas? Wait till the final soloutions act in Ca. really kicks in!
    The carb board must go!

  55. jesus licker says:

    the prez can nationalize the oil company’s once and for all. bust them up like teddy Roosevelt did. the price is high due to speculation in the futures market. in chicago at the CBOT!… also, the oils are shipping out refined gas to china, its our no.1 export now. that can be stopped and the oils are conveniently closing refinery’s for no good reason. they are totally causing this. and chicago will be the highest in the country if it isnt now……..

    oh and the citgo station in your hood, its a Venezuelan company.

    drudge slugs get out of the hoveround and take your meds.

  56. Tony Moschetti says:

    Hey, this is the home of the rabid Obama supporter. I hope gas goes to 6$ a gallon. It shouldn’t be a problem with your booming economy stewarded by your “Messiah!”

  57. fred says:

    We all know that the EPA and other enviro-whakos have pipeline vetoing Odumma in their back pockets…so is this story about $4.93/gal. gas supposed to make us feel sorry for the idiot voters of L.A. that blindly vote for the Democrats that WANT extremely high gas prices???

    How about a little sympathy for the people that vote against Democrats and their high price agenda??

  58. Redlands Richard says:

    There is no justification at all for high gas prices. The OK Tank Farm inventory of crude oil is at an all time high as well as the refined gasoline inventory is sitting at a 4 Month floating surplus supply. This is happening only because of price speculators who have control over markets and use any issue as an excuse to raise prices. Where is President Obama in all this? Is he in the pocket of Big Oil as Bush/Cheney was?

  59. RuRu says:

    It is hard to believe that some stupid idiots can say this is Bush’s fault.
    Guess you just can’t fix stupid

  60. ILikeRush says:

    How’s that Hope and Change working out for you??? You working??? You filling up your gas tank??? Got a Job?? Or are you a freloader?

  61. NoMoreMrNiceGuy says:

    Gas didn’t go up you dollar went down. Thanks O’bummer.

    1. mike says:

      Don’t worry he’ll blame it on BUSH.

  62. Ed says:

    This is a GOOD thing!

    Perhaps the loons in California will think again before instituting the next moronic environmental atrocity that raises prices.

    And perhaps not.

    THE RISE AND LEVEL OF GASOLINE PRICES ARE ON THEIR HEADS.

    And apparently the people of California are quite satisfied with tose they elected that brought them to the brink.

    So this is a GOOD thing.

  63. fritzworld says:

    Here’s a kicker…Obama is set to cede to Russia a bunch of small islands that belong to Alaska, and these islands and surrounding seabed are oil rich. The man’s trying to kill America…and he’s succeeding!. Here’s a link to the story:

    http://www.worldnewstribune.com/2012/02/20/obama-state-department-set-to-cede-oil-rich-alaska-islands-to-russia/

  64. nolie says:

    Gas prices contine to climb. Thanks obama and democrats.

    1. mike says:

      I agree tax those morons to oblivion.

  65. tankette says:

    Californians DESERVE the HIGH gas prices. You have enacted ridiculous taxes and environmental regulations. You are reaping what you sowed…

  66. mike says:

    People in CA deserve high gas prices. You get everything that is coming to you, illegal aliens, high cost of living, high unemployment etc etc. Go vote for your hope and change again in 2012. Fools.

    1. Rick says:

      Go tip another cow Mike.

    2. Jay Capistrano says:

      I live in CA-aka The Titanic state. Your right, we do deserve the gas prices we have- all states, nations deserve the government they elect/allow.

      But beware, even the reddest of red states has millions of fools who vote liberal.

      Liberal Media brainwashes 10s of millions of otherwise conservative Americans. (Only 26% of US identifies as “liberal” yet 69 Million ppl voted for Obama 52% of all voters) So half the people who voted for Obama dont consider themselves liberal, yet voted THE MOST liberal President & Senator in US History.

      Why? Lib Media promoted/defended Obama so much, people actually vote against their own principles & beliefs-a side effect of the “cult of personality”
      aka/similar to “useful idiots”

      US must have a balanced, non-partisan media before we can get a better government.

      http://www.stupidboomers.com

  67. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

    Funny how the oil companies always claim some sort of “hardship” in their reasoning of gauging us on gas prices. Then they set a new record on their next financial quarter statements….It will never change.

  68. phil Bloughman says:

    Why is everyone surprised??? THis is exactly what obama wants.

    During his presidential campaign, Obama admitted he didn’t have a problem with sky-high gasoline prices, he just “would have preferred a gradual adjustment.”

    His energy secretary Steven Chu, certainly doesn’t mind them. Before joining the administration he said that “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

    Here is a way to express your grantitute to the current administration.

    <a href=http://yourdaddy.net/2011/04/25/the-gas-pump-hope-and-change-sticky-note-campaign/

  69. MountainHome says:

    What starts in California, good or bad, ultimately crosses America. The economy is about to return to stay-at-home-vactions again.

    Can Obama still blame Bush for this? (I am not fan of Bush)

    1. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

      That’s a rhetorical question, right? Given that Obama continues to appear morally anchorless and pathologically mendacious, yes, I’d say he could and, at some point(s), blame Bush for this.

    2. Bebe says:

      Don’t you understand that these prices begin and end on the stock market? Speculators buy up oil stocks using Iran as an excuse. Then we have to pay more at the pump. It has ZERO to do with supply and demand. Demand is at its lowest level since 2007. I do blame Bush for this because he deregulated the stock market to such a ridiculous degree that what should be criminal fraud is perfectly legal.

  70. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

    What you talking about Willis. Never once have i mentioned anything about an all powerful God. Just graduate from high school with more than a GED first and maybe then you’ll have something to say. And yes I am at peace as far as you know.

    1. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

      So you’re also an intellectual racist, too?

      Without all your bravado, you’d think that you understood that your name calling does nothing to advance an meaningful discourse.

      By the way, even having a GED does not insure that someone, even with an inflated ego, has common sense and intelligence.

      1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

        True…i can see it didnt help you senior….

      2. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

        Honestly….my coments had nothing to do with you. they had to do with a knucklehead that does nothing but spam these stories and curse at folk all day. Racist? Know the facts first sonny…..might help you out in the long run!

  71. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

    maybe thats whats wrong with the world these days. To many internet tough guys like Growapair and a few others on this page. Stop sitting a home doing nothing all day but crying complaining and whining about conspiracey theories that only your inbred famlilies truely beleive and get out there and find a job!

    1. gringo says:

      You really are an AH#LE

      1. gringo says:

        Was meant for GROWAPAIR – my bad

      2. mike says:

        I can’t even get a job.That’s because that aS$hole lawyer Robert Hale from Hale and Nguyen in Brea couldn’t help me with my case. Now I’m a bitter aS$puck that has a beef with law enforcement and everybody on the internet. I used multiple screen names like [GROW..APAIR], [wg//af], [up//yours], [Mike in San Diego], [Mike in Upland], [1stman] and [kma] so no one can track me down. I challenge people to meet me in front of the Fullerton P.D. station for my protection. I’m a puS$y dumbf**k with nothing to say so I post to myself.

        I’ll use your screen name next, puS$y

    2. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

      Hey, FBI, is there some need, other than your fueling your feelings of grandiosity and exhibiting your insecurity, to indulge in socially racist comments?

      1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

        Really…are you serious….not a word i spoke had anything to do with race….only people i cant stand are people like you….the kkk and skin head morons who sit on these sites and spew BS all day.

  72. Rob says:

    I know that it runs counter to “the way we really feel” when we’re on the road, but a few things go a long ways to getting the most “bang for the buck” on your gas mileage. (And not the kind of bang that jams traffic for several miles in all directions, as a result of careless or dangerous operation.)

    a) Driving is a cooperative sport, and not competitive. It’s the competitive drivers that cause the accidents. I’ve seen folks running over each other–even driving 90–to pass just one more car. If these guys sneeze, they lose. They won’t get to work on time, and the folks for several miles behind them won’t either. The responsible may not get to work, at all. (Eligibility for disability compensation is usually the most optimistic outcome, in this case.) Things move smoother if drivers are cooperative. Allow folks–sorry, including trucks–to merge in safely. Smooth running roadways are excellent for everyone’s fuel economy.

    b) Accelerate more gently. I know this runs against the grain in stop and go traffic. I still recommend keep up with forward traffic at a short green light to allow maximal traffic passage. But keeping engine RPMs down is much better on mileage. The more gears in the transmission, the better. If you have standard shift, find where the car can still smoothly accelerate on the low end of the torque band. A gentler application on an automatic will yield similar effect. Save the top torque for pulling onto a fast moving road with few gaps. Bear in mind (a), above, where you have too many that don’t play well with others. You may have to compromise to avoid being a hazard, if the majority are said types.

    c) Coast towards a stop. Anticipate a stop, and take your foot off the gas in advance. Modern automatic transmissions will disengage and drop the engine to idle. On a standard shift, hold the clutch to the floor. On either, brake when you are close enough to brake. If traffic starts to move before full stop, apply the gas gently on the automatic. On manual, pick your gear, match RPM, and release the clutch as if you did a downshift. Then continue.

    d) With reference to (c), above, coast down mild slopes that will maintain safe speed.

    e) Cut the motor at long red-lights. If you’re on a fresh red, and you know it’s five minutes or so before the change, switch off. But watch the pattern to start back up in time for green, when it’s ready.

    f) If you have a hybrid, pay attention to (a), (b), (c) and (d). They still apply. Regarding (a), If you aggressively drive a hybrid, you will not have anywhere near the mileage rating.

    I had better city mileage than highway on my Acura RSX-S I just sold for a Prius. Loved the RSX-S, but I only see gas prices increasing.

  73. Oh Boy says:

    LOL, people saying some of these gas station owners don’t want to sell gas. Do you realize most of these people pay over 50k a year in insurance to own a gas station. Yeah they don’t want to sell gas. You people must be democrats.

  74. Karl Massieu says:

    The true reason for the high oil prices is OB*MA.

    Ob*ma won’t let us drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, or off the coast of Malibu.

    Ob*ma won’t let us construct a pipeline from Canada.

    Ob*ma gave an incendiary speech in Cairo in 2009 which, when read between the lines, told the Arabs to start revolutions from Morocco to Pakistan. This instability caused MooseLimb fanatics to take control and drove up the price of oil.

    Ob*ma gave a speech in 2008 in which he said “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

    The Ob*ma Agenda is to destroy America’s Middle Class, and he intends to do this by making life unaffordable by high energy prices.

    And you Californians are the ones who enthusiastically put him over the top on election night, 2008.

    Shame on you. You have a lot to atone for.

  75. Jessica Bennett says:

    Try 9 dollars a gallon here in Greece. Guess what? Traffic is still bad.

  76. Reason8200 says:

    These comments are funny. The reason gas prices are so high is because of increased demand by China and INdia. Also, opec has decreased production. WE can produce the oil we need here. But instead of staying in America and lowering our gas prices, it is shipped into the world market because of the high price opec has set for oil. The price of oil is set by opec not the free market. The question everyone should be asking is why we allow opec to set the price of our oil.

    1. Bebe says:

      Because we only control 2% of the world’s oil supply. Oil is a diminishing resource. Ergo: OPEC can price fix all it wants, Wall St. can gamble away to jack up prices as much as it wants, and people like you still say we need to continue to pursue oil as energy. It really is mind-boggling how nuts your “solution” is.

  77. Bebe says:

    I’m really shocked that no one who reads this site seems to understand why we’re having high gas prices. Jesus wept.

  78. js says:

    Jimmy Kimmel for President!!!

  79. YO MOMMY says:

    OK! i gtit! lets all move to CANADA!😀

  80. armen says:

    You can thank Brad Sherman and his ilk in Congress. Trying to make political points by calling for a ban on Iranian oil and this was the result. When is Congress going to put U.S. Taxpayers interests before the interests of Israel. Cowards!

  81. VoltOwner says:

    The Chevy Volt is looking pretty good right about now…
    I have not had to put ANY gas in mine since June, as in last year. By plugging in each night and charging while the sun don’t shine, I can drive up to 40 miles each day for about a dollar. My nighttime rates are about $0.13 per KWh, daytime is much higher. Still, I only drive 20-25 miles per day. On those rare days when I need to drive further than the battery can take me, I get around 40MPG, but I have only used about 2 gallons of the gas the dealer put in so far. I expect to have to use that tank up by June, as the car is programmed to use it up in order to keep the gas fresh.

    Not looking forward to standing in the heat to fill my car, but once a year is not all that bad.

  82. Mavey says:

    Thank you President O-BLUNDER!!

  83. Mike says:

    You folks in the media do your best to cover up for your buddies! Iran and closed refineries are not the real cause of high gas prices. The real causes are corporate greed and government incompetency/corruption! I wish the media would get out of Obama’s bed and be responsible to the public!

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