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Gas prices exceed $4 a gallon — will Lodi see $5?

Residents struggle as gasoline prices climb — but will summer be worse?

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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Tue Feb 28, 2012.

Donald Schneider pumped about $59 worth of gasoline into his Honda Odyssey minivan Monday afternoon.

It's more than he can afford since he's a widower without health insurance. Schneider needs a minivan to haul around his kidney dialysis equipment. He could choose to stay home most of the time, but he still enjoys getting out of the house and doing things.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:41 pm on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Gas is high in price which is the preference and goal of the Obama administration... it is very obvious. Just ask Steven Chu. Obama will not miss an opportunity to take action that will result in higher gas prices.. if the oil companies want higher prices, Obama will jump in bed with them and do what he can to make certain it happens...

    "Green" cannot move forward with low gas prices.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 10:16 am on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    Yes Linda, he could. Unfortunately, this "crisis" is engineered by the oil companies. And until you vote out those who stand with them in office - both parties - you will just be wasting strategic oil. We need that to protect America. A better Idea is to mitigate fuel costs by walking or riding a bike when you can, such as to the store or church. If you walk, get a little luggage carrier for your bags of groceries. Mine folds up neatly when we walk. It is fun, especially here in Lodi where we have sidewalks and many bike paths. Even better, lobby your local road commissioners to add more bike trails. Join a Bike Club such as Stockton Bike Club, Sacramento Wheelmen or Delta Velo. Cut down on fatty foods - that might save you the most if you are in the majority of Americans.

  • Linda Evans posted at 12:58 am on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

    Linda Evans Posts: 16

    Obama could tap the oil reserve.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 6:27 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    Well Kevin & Pat: My vehicles for my employees are large and use mucho petrol. They have to be in order to carry conduit and wire. The price of fuel did go up precipitously under the last administration in which both the boss and the real boss were steeply involved in the oil business. The US Government claims oil is a strategic commodity yet do little to control people wasting it. Even when they try, it seems congressmen like Joe Barton (R) block any common sense actions. FYI I have a motorcycle and several bicycles. My healthy personal lifestyle has little to do with fuel costs. But the unnecessary costs I must pass on to my customers makes me very sad and I blame that on all politicians. A business can only follow the law. So some are more profitable than others. I suggest saving your money and buying petroleum stocks and bonds. Mine are doing quite well.

  • Alex Kennedy posted at 5:01 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Alex Posts: 215

    Oil prices are so high because speculators are driving up the prices. Wall street screws us yet again

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 4:23 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    It seems to me that the same people who btcihed about Bush and his gas prices are the same ones who are now saying "Just what can a President do?" Even when he and they are given some simple solutions they ignore them or start their rhetoric about green energy (most of which is hogwash)...or their "We're just poor victims"...here's an easy solution...do like I do and work more.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:47 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2110

    LAst one. Something like this is what I am talking about


    With a little development this concept could be the oil dependance beater we (America) needs.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:44 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2110

    An interesting side-note is this: http://www.gizmag.com/the-erockit--50-mph-pedal-electric-hybrid-motorcycle/9528/

    While it is cost prohibitive right now. I have read many articles of people building similar things for much less.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:25 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2110

    Now I recognize that there is a certain safety issue when you start going into super light cars. There are a few out today I would be scared to take on the freeway. But the fact of the matter is, if the completely exposed motorcycle is legal, then these ultra light, super-efficient, enclosed vehicles should be as well. They would use much less steel making them much more affordable, use more gas which, while bad for the oil tycoons, would be better for local economies since there would be more disposable income being spent. And as bonus, it would open a whole new market to the auto makers to expand and hire more people.

    Imagine a day when 50MPG is considered bad mileage. We have the capabilities to do that today. But government restrictions and social mentality prevents it.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:20 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2110

    actually Jerry there is a lot of things that the government can do that deals more with opening possibilities than directly telling businesses how they should be run.

    While it won't help the current crisis, the next could be significantly lessened if the government would lessen automotive restrictions. Things like the Twike (http://www.twike.com/en/home/home.html) are reasonable possibilities here in the US but government restriction make it cost prohibitive to purchase one.

    Along those lines lighter weight vehicles that are significantly more fuel efficient are used in many countries but are prohibited here in the US, either through outright restrictions or obstacles. Government restrictions make things like this http://gas2.org/2008/03/12/the-worlds-most-fuel-efficient-car-285-mpg-not-a-hybrid/ impossible for car manufacturers to produce for sale here in the US.

    I believe single or dual seaters with high efficiency engines are possible right now, problem is two fold. First, the government places restrictions out of safety concerns that make more efficient engines useless. (motorcycles are fine but as soon as you enclose it you need hundreds+ pounds of added protection? Does that make sense?) Second is that the American mentality is to go bigger than your neighbor. High efficiency vehicles are hardly a status symbol the current American mentality endorses.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 10:38 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    I am just curious Linda. Just what can a President do? Are you suggesting the government tell businesses how they should be run? Or do you think commodities such as oil, water, food, healthcare should be regulated differently from lipstick, televisions, clothing and I-Phones?

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 9:32 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805


  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:16 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2110

    Hence why I have my 4-wheel bike that let's me run all my errands.

  • Kelly Donner posted at 6:15 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Gas Saver Posts: 1

    Hope this helps, I found 35 of the best gas saving tip on the net. http://geetis.com/best-tips/

  • Linda Evans posted at 2:30 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Linda Evans Posts: 16

    I don't believe for a minute that there is an oil shortage. The greedy oil companies can get away with this because no one will do anthing about it. With so many out of work, this is just an added hardship. Come on Obama, do something.



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