LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Covina gas station may have the highest prices in the nation.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports customers are questioning what’s going on at a Mobil station on Azusa Avenue that’s selling regular unleaded at $4.51 a gallon.

Thursday marks the 22nd increase in 23 days, pushing the average price 10.2 cents higher than a week ago, 24.6 cents above what it was one month ago and 66 cents greater than it was one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

Further increases are expected because of the rising price of Brent crude oil, which is used to price the imported oil used by California refineries.

The chaos in Libya is among the reasons for increasing crude oil prices, according to oil analysts.

In fact, Moneywatch.com editor-at-large Jill Schlessinger says $5-a-gallon gas is not out of the question as political uncertainty hangs over the world’s most volatile region.

The price of a barrel of Brent crude on the ICE Futures exchange in London rose $5.47 Wednesday to $111.25.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

Comments (139)
  1. trying to stay afloat says:

    we are all being made fools of. We pay these high gas prices, and at the end of each year these companies are making record breaking profits. So then what was the need to raise prices if there is record breaking profits. Now we are all forced to drive smaller more dangerous vehicles just to try and save on gas prices.

    1. harry says:

      why are bigger cars more safe, then we need all to drive trucks, then big tanks ons tracks, then concrete boxes, bigger is not always better and safer, often it is more stupid, lack of brains

      1. John says:

        Correct, the increase in safety standards by the NHTSA has lead to an arms-race in kinetic energy deflection. That’s why people will always prefer the larger vehicle as (by laws of physics), they are safer. Maximum weight of passenger vehicles needs to be regulated. It’s the only way to conserve on energy regardless of what forms they take on now and into the future.

      2. Blitzkrieg says:

        Well instead of name calling, did you ever consider whether the passengers of full-sized truck more than likely would survive the crash against those in a compact sedan? Your English is horrible by the way. Go hug a tree, you fail at basic physics.

    2. Mike (retired USN) says:

      we are being made fools of…by politicians who do the bidding of the kooky enviro lobby

    3. patches12 says:

      You Californians get the government, prices and taxes you deserve… most of the rest of the country is laughing at Californiia after putting Brown the Clown back in…

      You’all don’t seem to be able to act like adults out there….. YOU ARE BROKE


      1. Aurelius 7 says:

        Yes, because all Californians are communists.

      2. JackieH says:

        You’re so right (and, I’m a native Californian) and that’s why I want to get the heck outta here.

      3. deg says:

        If it wasn’t for California, Alaska would be pumping oil from ANWR, and we wouldn’t have to worry about where our next barrel of oil was coming from.

    4. Gordon says:

      We pay lower gas prices than damn near all of Europe. Stupid spoiled American, quit complaining about not being able to drive a 5,000lb. behemoth.

      1. baretta says:

        You do realize that Europeans are buying a whole lot more than gas when they are filling up their car at the gas station, right Gordon?

        Actually you don’t have a clue, because if you did then you would realize that comparing American gas prices to Europe is an apples to oranges comparison.

      2. GordenIsAnElitist says:

        Ah Gordon,

        You must be one of those “enlightened Europeans”?

        How silly that we should want to have competitive prices in our own country. What would you like to do? Take a survey of food and gas prices across the entire world and make everyone pay the same in the name of “equity” and “fairness”?

        Come to think of it there’s probably a fair number of people in the Bay Area (especially Berkely) that would think that’s a good idea.

        By the way, name calling is no substitute for a well thought-out argument.

      3. Mark says:

        Gordon why don’t you go back to where you came from?
        To say Stupid Spoiled Americans tells me you are some low life invader from who knows what H hole who needs to be shipped out for bad mouthing the Greatest Country In The World..
        At least in the past it has been..

    5. common sense thinker says:

      Based upon a $3.00 gallon of gasoline, the average break-down is as follows.

      Gasoline Retailer $.01 cents per gallon
      Oil Company $.08 cents per gallon
      Refining $.29 cents per gallon
      Marketing/Distribution $.32 cents per gallon
      Taxes $.59 cents per gallon
      Cost of crude $1.71 per gallon (delivered)

      Who is gouging who?

      Your attitude is the cause of the problem to the degree you can prove any real problem exists at all. If we should penalize oil companies for making .08 cents per gallon gross profit, how much should we penalize our federal government for making .59 cents per gallon?

      How do you think gasoline got to be .59 cents per gallon higher than need be? How do you think our government got to the point of consuming nearly 60% of GDP in the first place?

      You show me where the problem is and who is doing the endless gouging of average Americans?

      Is it the oil companies at .08 cents per gallon? Or is it the government at .59 cents per gallon, for producing absolutely nothing?

      Democrats seek to increase gasoline taxes beyond the current .59 cent per gallon level. Can you explain how this will reduce prices at the pump? No…nobody can.

      1. tom says:

        Awesome! If only more people could understand you are absolutely correct about this. The Government produces NOTHING.

    6. Luke (from Texas) says:

      you idiot… blaming US oil for high prices when its the anarchic muslim countries and dollar inflation to blame… i bet you support cap and trade (get ready to pay 10 dollars a gallon for that one, I bet you’d blame Exxon for that also)… quit reading Harry Potter and read a business journal once in a while.

      1. Randy says:

        We need to get the EPA off our backs and drill for oil in this country. Gos has blessed us with great resources, we need to use them. Alternative energy is not efficient enough right now. Batteries to power electric cars have to be charged somewhere! The answer is more nuclear power plants and drill forvour own oil. Let’s stop calling each other names and get it done!

    7. plaidness says:

      You’re not forced to drive a small car yet. It’s still a choice. And the oil price is based on speculation. It doesn’t necessarily make the oil companies richer. We pay based on the speculative market. Want lower prices? Demand we drill here at home. Demand that OPEC be abolished. That would be a good start.

  2. mrviking says:

    At this rate, I’ll have to ride my bike 25.5 miles each way to work…Damn!!! this is
    ridiculous, what a world we Live in – America at its best!!!

    1. tttttt says:

      sounds like obumbo is killing two birds with one stone in your case. Not only will you be green by riding your bike but your health will get better.

      1. tkay says:

        Lol….that’s funny, I don’t care who you are…

    2. chuk a spear says:

      You probably will get jacked riding thru compton

  3. socalmal says:

    People need to hit the streets in protest. Our government needs to get drilling in anwar (Alaska) to sell us gas for $2 and pay off our national debt! Government needs to get working for us or get the heck out of our lives. Protest for drilling here – NOW.

    1. asalcido says:

      Drilling for more oil will not drop the price. The oil companies will just have more oil to sell at the world current (OPEC) price and get richer.

      1. leftcoastref says:

        You don’t get supply and demand. More oil available means lower prices everywhere. OPEC wants to make money and if the world is buying from us, then they get less. So, drilling for more oil has multiple positives – most importantly getting our economy back on track!

      2. roofie says:

        Would you rather that we sent that $1T (value of ANWR oil) to Saudi Arabia or keep it here?

    2. Johnny says:

      Union Station in Coronado (San Diego) has been over $4.50 for several weeks. Local cut-rate is $4.35 last week.

      What this country REALLY needs is an “energy policy” instead of knee-jerk reaction every time an event somewhere in the world occurs. Get people from various energy/business interests, including environmentalists and nay-sayers in a room, give them two weeks to come out with a comprehensive energy policy using all forms of energy. Oh, and their solution is all or nothing, no nit-picking by our elected officials.

      1. James Gilson says:

        You hit the nail on the head.

  4. Efrain says:

    Instead of Americans buying cocaine and marijuana from Mexico, maybe it’s time to consider PEMEX oil.

  5. So what!! says:

    I am sick of these oil companys!!!!! Somebody farts in the middle east and our gas goes up…..

    1. Worried Human says:

      I like it I like it…. fart in the middle east. I bet that smells awful!

    2. Mike (retired USN) says:

      are you sick enough to tell the Pols to drill HERE?…I certainly am

      1. Marx says:

        Hey ex-Popeye, do you think adding “Retired USN” gives your lame opinions more merit?

      2. tom says:

        hey marx, is your hero carl marx? The man served our country even for losers like you. Probably more than you ever did. Show some respect!

      3. Ted says:


        Why don’t you kiss Obama’s A ?
        If it weren’t for guys like Mike USN Retired you wouldn’t be able to run that big mouth of yours spilling what little you know about life from your hollow head?

  6. Worried Human says:

    It will all be worth it when we suck them all dry and then have our own massive reserves to live of off when they have nothing… mwahahahahahaha

    1. Lone Gunman says:

      And when they run out of oil, they will come and invade us and have ours too! Not good! And don’t think that the Chinese or Russians would do that, because they will and probably will do that together and we wind up with the short end of the stick!

  7. Jamie says:

    Think that’s bad…. Check out Idlwild, California. It’s always that price or more and always has been.

    1. Rush says:

      Not so – regular was about $3.85 hear yesterday, premium was under $4.20. Gas prices do tend to run about 30% more in Idyllwild (please get the spelling right) than they do “off the hill” (25 – 30 miles away), but that difference seems to go down as prices go up.

      [I’ve been a full time resident since ’94.]

      1. JGI says:

        please get the spelling right? and the price was $3.85 HERE yesterday you moron

  8. J. Galt says:

    Yet the no-growth marxist Obama, continues to block oil exploration, coal production & nuclear development.

    1. dave says:

      Couldn’t be said Better

    2. Sniffit says:

      he does it so his Big Oil contacts can make more money on less supply, increased demand.

      Big Oilbama 2012

  9. BILL says:

    Pork Islam and pork the USSR of CA , FOOLS !!!!!

  10. upset says:

    Our sensators Feinstein & Boxer have done nothing. When you vote to send politicinas to Washington who only say no without any real solutiions. Don’t worrry they just use their government credit card for their gas. Don’t expect any sympathy from those two self serving puppets.

    1. LandSteward says:

      It’s a good thing that you called Feinstein a Senator instead of Mam. Remember, she earned the term Senator and all the rest of us are just lowly peon’s on the lowest rung of the ladder.

  11. LEO says:

    I agree any little problem they bump gas up a buck. We all need to get together and protest just like people protest for gay marriage and inmigration reforms.

    Gas in mexico is 13 cents less there wouldn’t be a diffrence

    1. mcnrtny says:

      Dont matter,,the urban types will be out with they syphons every nite

  12. BILL says:

    Vote for Obama again you dopes ,LOL!!!

    1. James Gilson says:

      Obama is making Carter look like a real president. Carter should put him in his will.

  13. firstpoppa says:

    We need more Dimocrats telling us that we can’t drill in the US.

    And Barry is happy that gas is getting near to where he thinks it should be. $5 a gallon.

    Of course only the peasants have to worry! In the mean time, Barry will be having another party at the White House.

    Never fear. I’m sure ‘he share’s your pain!’.

  14. dean says:

    who cares, the rich making a 100k will still be driving the huge suvs and trucks and we will all cheer them on in hoping to do the same if we one day hope to make that money. in america it’s called the american dream because that is all it is, a dream for the richest 1 to 5 percent. which means a about a 5 percent chance of someone with a high school, community college, or b.a. degree from a university getting to make that much money. unless of course you get lucky and are smart like steve jobs of apple fame.

    1. kennyg says:

      when did 100k become rich ? LOL

      1. LandSteward says:

        100K is nothing. That Union slug in Wisonsin telling us how horrible we are to question them makes 450K. Who is the greedy one?

    2. Jack Meyhoffer says:

      $100K is rich to you??? Then just about every civil servant in Los Angeles is rich.

  15. Bill says:

    And to think….. Gas was below 2 dollars a gallon when Bush was in office….. How’s that change working out for you? LMAO

    1. Equality reigns! says:

      Were in this mess because of bush!!!
      Get it right, that POS ran this country to the ground!

      1. Jack Meyhoffer says:

        We’re in “this mess” because of Bush??? How, exactly, are high gas prices in 2011 Bush’s fault??? This, I gotta hear! Please, I’m all ears!

      2. Big Oilbama says:

        whoa there skippy…

        who benefitted the most from BP’s contributions in the past 4 years? Why it’s Obama!

        Why? Because he’s making them RICH with his more demand, less supply policy.

      3. Charles says:

        Laughing endlessly. That’s funny!

      4. James Gilson says:

        No, we are in a mess because there is no leadership in Washington. In Washington ignorance is not a barrier to advancement. Most are just college boys that have never had a real job or have no understanding of business.

    2. Mike says:

      In December 2008 the National average for a gallon of gas was $1.61. By March 30, 2009 it broke the $2 mark and has been climbing steadily ever since. Geez…what happened in early 2009 that could have done that?

      Oh…yeah, I forgot.

      Dang. Thank goodness Obama didn’t sign that ban on offshore drilling in Amerca.

      Oh…yeah, I forgot.

  16. hargen says:

    The price of oil started to rise when the Feds announced their quantitative easing program in which they would buy 1 trillion of their own debt (explain how one does that). That action devalues the dollar, by printing money, and our overseas trading partners aren’t fooled. The just raise the price. However, our government can then blame the evil oil companies rather than their own behavior. In effect, the Government just passed a massive tax on the American consumer and the oil companies will take the blame. Remember too, the U.S. gets 35% of all the “windfall” oil profits in the form of income tax.

    1. Mary Anne says:

      A very sensible response. Most people don’t know how gas is priced, and want a gas station to sell gas for what they paid for it, rather than realizing that gas is priced based on what shipments in the future will cost. If you paid $1 a gallon for gas in your holding tank at a gas station, and you know your next shipment is going to cost $5 a gallon, you don’t sell what you have for $1.10 a gallon — you’d go broke overnight. Also, most people don’t know that the profit margin for an oil company is a lot less than the profit margins for McDonalds, Coca-Cola, pharma, etc. They just look at the raw numbers and scream “evil oil companies”.

      1. Marys Master says:

        To — Mary Anne:

        Our fisrt mistake was letting your kind vote.
        Our second mistake is letting your kind pretend to think.

        Mary Anne why don’t you get your worthless bottom out to the kitchen and fetch your man and master a cold beer?

      2. James Gilson says:

        Mary Anne, what ever you are drinking or smoking is going to kill you. You have a dim view of gasoline pricing. Where I live gas has jumped two time today. Once for 10 cents and again for 20 cents.
        Thank God I am retired and don’t have to drive.

  17. BILL says:

    If someone could invent a car that runs on left wing weeeneees, you would have cheap fuel in CA !!!

    1. LandSteward says:

      How about the hot air exhaled by the aforementioned liberal politician gasbags?

  18. Bryan says:

    I wish to heck Bush/Cheney would get out of the White House already! I’m sick of them keeping gas prices so high to benefit their oil buddies and Haliburton. We need an investigation!

  19. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Look for $6.00 – 7.00 or more a gallon by summer if oil goes to $150-200 a barrel.

    Only millions of barrels are used a day but billions are traded in the futures markets. So is it supply and demand or is it a bunch of guys in ugly jackets, jacked up on Starbucks and more that really decide the price of gas?


  20. RJ says:

    There is enought OIL in the earth to last for the next 1,000 years or more…
    We just need to Drill baby Drill

    Revelation 20:1-7


  21. Mosin Nagant says:

    Perhaps Kalifornia would do the rest of the Union a favor and just secede . I think China would be happy to accept Kalifornia into its Union, and since they are Ideologically on the same page anyway, what a deal. Boxer and Feinstein would have a great time at the Communist Chinese Polit Bureau meetings (serving the tea……….). Maybe with some French pastries too. And this way they could all ride some nice green bikes, or even one of those so useful Prius, to work. LOL

  22. Doug Rose says:

    “Add more Air in your Tires” says Obama !!
    Problem Solved !!

    1. LandSteward says:

      I remember this so well… Thanks for reminding us of the most genius President in the history of the U.S.

    2. James Gilson says:

      If we could keep Obama out of Air Force One and on the job, we would all be better off. It cost a fortune to run that air bus bur he has not refused to crank it up.
      Summer will be here soon and he will fire that thing up many times for his vacations. Would’nt be nice if we all live like royalty?

  23. Patriot says:

    Democrats have always wanted 6 to 7 dollar per gallon gasoline prices…
    Now we’ve got it thanks to OBUMMER!

    Drill Bush Dirll

  24. Patriot says:

    Democrats have always wanted 6 to 7 dollar per gallon gasoline prices…

    Now we’re gonna get it thanks to OBUMMER!

    Drill Bush Dirll

  25. BILL says:

    Yep, Bushes fault !

  26. geeM says:

    Everybody forgets that high fuel costs hurt most people in this economy. Low paying jobs or no job does not buy gas to go work, or pay the higher grocery and commodity prices. Like it or not, we pretty run on gasoline.

  27. SuperKev says:

    Most of the country is looking at California and howling with laughter, and a little pain. I was born and raised in S. California, left almost 20 years ago now and have never looked back.

    You voted for Odumber in 2008 and in 2010 you voted in, once again, Gov. Moonbeam. You deserve everything, and I do mean everything you are getting and will get. No one feels sorry for you, and no one is going to bail you out. Your days of treating the state like a liberal social petri dish are over. So shut your bloody holes, all of you. Elections have consequences, remember?

    1. California Uber Alles says:

      If you left CA 20 years ago and never looked back, why are you reading Los Angeles news? Lying sack.

      1. LandSteward says:

        I can’t speak for SuperKev but I got to this site because it is linked from the DrudgeReport.com website. You see, there is this little thing called the internet and people from all over the world can come here and read what people with no sense of humor have to say.

      2. UberStupid says:

        Probably the same reason I’m reading an LA story. I moved from California after living there 17 years… and today I saw a link online. There’s this neat thing called the world wide web you may not have heard of… stupid sack.

  28. Justin says:

    The people in Cali can afford it. Call Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841.

  29. CaliIsBroke says:

    The barely reported truth is that California in its infinite wisdom decided years ago that Federal gasoline standards weren’t strict enough… so refineries have to make one formula for California and another for the remaining 49 states. Unlike every other state in the Union California can’t buy gasoline from out-of-state suppliers when supplies get low… andso prices go up. Yet another one of the many reasons I decided to leave California after living there nearly 20 years.

  30. barf says:

    you can always tell when drudge puts up a link, then the idiot trolls, who vote against their own interests, show up. the only fools are the poor dolts who vote for the GOP. the GOP only represents the money rich corporations, not you goober…

    1. BarfIsGoodAtNamecalling says:

      Anger management anyone?

      God forbid you have to read comments made by someone you disagree with.

      (Good thing HuffPo doesn’t link to articles like Drudge does… oh wait, they do…)

      1. JustAGuy says:

        Barf should be glad Drudge put up a link, otherwise all this message base would have is:

        evil oil companies
        windfall profits

        surely, mindless dribble gets old eventually. Why do you think Air Ameruica had to shutter their doors?

  31. Jim Cyr says:

    Make no mistake about it: many leftists, professors, Dems, special interest groups, etc. WANT oil prices to go higher. They thnk it will force us to “consume less” or hop into the green cult. They are HAPPY today.
    (And no, oil companies don’t want higher oil prices too. If you think that you’re a tool and a fool).

  32. JustAGuy says:

    Before you liberals get too worked up, consider this:

    Compare the profits companies make delivering you gasoline to the high taxes California and Los Angeles imposes for a product they have nothing to do with creating.

    Government taxes FAR ourtweigh the prifits of the oil companies made. Yet you’ve been told it’s the oil companies who are the theives.

  33. Elmer J Fudd says:

    Fill my sporty utility up with hi test please!! Every one needs a four wheel drive in the sun belt, ya never know when a great big snow storm may arrive!! SUCKERS!!!!!!!!

  34. Arizona John says:

    Drill Baby deill. The law of supply and denamd. As the supply goes up the price comes down. ECO 101 If we were still drilling in the gulf, or any other place we have proven reserves, we wold not worry about supply interruptions.

  35. Roger says:

    Do a little drilling in South Dakota, Montana, wyoming and North Dakota… More oil in those places than all of far east.

  36. Hammer10 says:

    Where are the Demacrats demanding an investigation? Remember when Bush was in office and the price of a gallon of gas increased. Where is Maxine Waters? She wanted to nationalize the oil companies. Obama surely gets a pass here!!

  37. Doyle says:

    I saw $4.55 for 87 unleaded at an Arco station in Sunnyvale, Ca this morning.

  38. Terry Knows Moore says:

    Its been that high in Alaska for 4 years……..look for this oil barrel to go 150.00 and over. Obama wants to force us into his perfect money stealing green world…he has closed drilling for the USA…..Time to get past this presidents blackness and make him accountable.

  39. Steve says:

    I have been seeing over 4.78 is mammoth lakes, ca last weekend.

    Where do these reporters get there info?

    1. ReportingIsDead says:

      They copy and paste it off the AP and UPI newswires. Nobody does real reporting any more…

      See the comment at the end of the artice:

      (©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

  40. Republic Rocker says:

    This is what you get when you have Californian Eco-Nutz running the show as well as a President whom has done zero regarding energy policy or independence.

  41. Joeastroturf says:

    Thanks Obama you said you’d get gas to sky rocket. “Mission Accomplished”. Next healthcare. Gotta run I think I hear the IRS coming.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo

    Here’s a verse

    Doctors are retiring earlier but we’re getting 17000 new IRS
    This is how Obama creates health care jobs I guess
    For 234 years this country’s been God’s blessing.
    Now he’s following Cloward and Piven’s to bankrupt the country I’m guessing
    If Obamacare gives Grandma and Grandpa a scare
    Think how when their rationed and die earlier we’ll save on healthcare

    Hey guys if you fought at Iwo or the Chosen
    when they stop giving your wife her meds and her last breath comes over her face
    you’ll find comfort knowing Nancy’d gladly take her place.

  42. Bielsky says:

    That what we get when we have an ignorant community agitator in the White House. Thanks Obama voters enjoy your fill up at the pump. Send a card to thank your man.

  43. chukkal says:

    How’s that “hope and change” working for ya?

    1. Palin = Dumb Hag says:

      How’s that two-digit IQ working for ya?

      1. LandSteward says:

        I say again, liberals have no sense of humor. I’d wager a bet that she could produce her grades from college faster than Obama can. Why has he sealed all of his records?

        If IQ were the prerequisite for President then why doesn’t Obama show us his grades? I keep hearing how he is so smart, yet no one can produce any records of it. I want Prima Fascia evidence of his genius status instead of sycophants running around saying “Yes We Can”.

      2. James Gilson says:

        Did the book that you produced earn 5,000,000 if it did you are smart not dumb. Palin did this. She has no gas problems.

        Obama+Liberals=a bunch of idiots.

  44. ZG Chin says:

    The Socialist State of Kalifornia has created a hostile environment for business as business leave for more business friendly states. This creates a larger deficit for the workers to make up the gap.
    Kalifornia has bought into the quack science of Global Warming by the Eco-Terrorists.

    Kalifornia gets what they deserve, and Jerry “Moon Beam” Brown is another long line of losers from The Socialist Party of Democrats.

    I voted with my feet, I moved out of Kalifornia last week.

    1. California Rules All says:

      Good. We need less dopes here.

  45. roofie says:

    Nancy Pelosi, April 24, 2006: ““Democrats have a commonsense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices…”

  46. Marc Cebrian says:

    The rise in price is THEFT and completely UNNECESSARY. The cost per barrel is for CRUDE and will take WEEKS to hit the market. The gas at the pump was paid for an processed WEEKS ago. This is price gouging!!! – Where is the political outrage or our representatives speaking out against such practices!!!???

  47. Hank Warren says:

    Obama’s energy ‘plan’, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  48. Jack Meyhoffer says:

    The Democratic vision of utopia is for all of us to be riding around on our bikes and working for the government.

  49. Captain Sensible says:

    Here’s a wild, crazy, radical idea…don’t drive!
    Don’t live in communities that require you to drive everywhere. Don’t work so far away from home that you are forced to commute. Cars are inventions. Freeways are inventions. They have become a necessity only because we allowed them to become so. We can and should do better.
    I’m a native californian now living in NYC where because of reasonably good public tranist, I don’t need a car. Do I miss the traffic? Hell no. When I want to get out of the city, I rent a zipcar. Appliances and furniture? I pay for delivery. Pretty simple, really.

    America – time to build denser, more compact, walkable communities. Invest in public transit. Do I believe this will happen? Unfortunately, no, I don’t. We have become soft, fat, and stupid. Here’s a wild, crazy, radical idea…don’t drive!
    Don’t live in communities that require you to drive everywhere. Don’t work so far away from home that you are forced to commute. Cars are inventions. Freeways are inventions. They have become a necessity only because we allowed them to become so. We can and should do better.
    I’m a native californian now living in NYC where because of reasonably good public tranist, I don’t need a car. Do I miss the traffic? Hell no. When I want to get out of the city, I rent a zipcar. Appliances and furniture? I pay for delivery. Pretty simple, really.

    America – time to build denser, more compact, walkable communities. Invest in public transit. Do I believe this will happen? Unfortunately, no, I don’t. We have become soft, fat, and stupid.

  50. Big Oilbama 2012 says:

    Looks like Obama and his oil buddies at BP are getting their way…more supply, less demand = more profits for Obama and friends!

  51. Edge says:

    How long do we have to protest in Worshington before the Obama Regime does the right thing and resign?

  52. Rick O'Shea says:

    Don’t forget that it’s Double Whammy Obammy who violates a court order because his administration refuses to issue drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico.

  53. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi says:

    Big Oil wants their record profits now
    before they ever pay a cent for new oil

  54. Sean says:

    Actually everyone is missing the point, we actually have an over supply of oil, but we don’t have enough refinery capacity to keep up with the demand. That is what contributes to the majority of the full prices. When was the last new refinery built? How rarely do the existing refinerys expand capacity? And why does the San Francisco Bay area have a major refinery but gets all of its gas from Texas? The SF refinerys ship their gas north and east. We are paying more in gas here to import gas and to pay the cost to send our gas to Oregon and Washington…
    Any attempts to open new refinerys or power plants get blocked by environmental groups and NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) types. Sadly we have blocked new refinery and power plants for far to long to see a quick fix. It would take 5 to 7 years for a new refinery or power plant build now to come online and ease prices.
    That doesnt mean we shouldnt do it, it just high lights we waited to long and we will suffer for more time to come regardless.

    1. roofie says:

      CA is on record as committing to never allowing any more refineries to be built inside their state. That can’t be good for prices.

  55. BryanZ says:

    No way! The Death Valley Gas Station is always the highest!

  56. SnotPuppy says:

    Got to LOVE it. Californacaters paying large at the pump. Ever think it has something to do with the fact there are a zillion people in CA driving cars and wasting it while locked in traffic for hours on the freeways?

  57. victor says:

    $4.5 a gallon is a small price to live in the People Republic of California. Long live f***ing Socialism!

  58. tim vanderschaaf says:

    They shound investigate Ridgecrest Ca. Gas today at the value gas station $4.65 and at the premium stations $4.90 for regular. It is highway robery and they seem to be getting away with it..

  59. Rationalist says:

    It’s still under $3 here in Texas. Not that I like BO, but California is it’s own biggest problem – along with the rest of the country’s.

  60. Nothing New says:

    Oh yeah here’s an idea. DRILL HERE! Be dependent on no other country but WE OURSELVES! This administration has continually tightened the noose on OUR resources … why is that you suppose! Oh and wait it will create jobs too. I am sick of sending our cash overseas to get cr*p in return!

  61. Gilbert says:

    We have change we can really believe in now. When Bush left office he had already lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling. The future expectations had driven down the price to 1.67 until Obama came. He now have hope an change, another moratorium to offshore drilling and 4 dollars plus per gallon. Keep hoping for change.

  62. OC Reporter says:

    This is why I never buy Mobil…

  63. TJG says:

    When Bush was president the senators all camped in front of gas pumps complaining and blaming. Now Obama is president and only the crickets are out.