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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:17 am, Sat Oct 13, 2012.

Some Lodi-area residents seemed somewhat philosophical about the price of gas going up 40 to 50 cents per gallon during the past week in California. Others were upset that they have to tighten their budgets even more.

"What are you going to do?" said Rick Bentz of Lockeford as he pumped gasoline at the Chevron station at Ham Lane and Lockeford Street. "There's nothing you can do."

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5 comments:

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:26 pm on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2086

    Unfortunately the only time American society makes a change is when it affects them on a personal level. Hopefully the high gas prices will FORCE more innovations in fuel efficiency and encourage society to demand a renewable fuel source so we can have that infrastructure set BEFORE we run out of the limited commodity of oil.

    A relatively minor pain now will HOPEFULLY avert massive disruptions later.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:49 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    So obviously by saying oil production is higher than the last 17 years, deception is made.

    The point is that we need approval for massive increases, not just a few barrels.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:46 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    So Obama is right that American oil production is at its highest level since 2003, but we’re taking the statement down a notch on our rating scale because the amount is projected to fall during each of the next two years, making it somewhat problematic to use the number as evidence that domestic oil production is on a healthy trendline

    politifact.com...
    Here are the annual totals, in barrels produced, going back to 2003:

    2003: 2,073,453,000
    2004: 1,983,302,000
    2005: 1,890,106,000
    2006: 1,862,259,000
    2007: 1,848,450,000
    2008: 1,811,817,000
    2009: 1,956,596,000
    2010: 2,011,856,000

     
  • Rick Houdack posted at 7:10 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 184

    Domestic oil production is at a 17-year high; the US is exporting gasoline at rates three times the volume under the previous administration. Gasoline prices were as high in late summer 2008 (under Bush II) as they are today. Oil is a worldwide commodity, its price is set by what the market will bear. There are those who idiotically campaign for Republican nationalization of the oil industry, but those people are best ignored.

    The best way to avoid high oil prices (and the consequences) is to use less of it. Period.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:23 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    "What are you going to do?" said Rick Bentz of Lockeford as he pumped gasoline at the Chevron station at Ham Lane and Lockeford Street. "There's nothing you can do."

    I disagree. This is partially a political issue. Vote for candidates that will address the supply and demand concerns. Build of refineries, flood the market, relax gas standards so California can get gas supplies from other states. Vote for canidates that will approve more drilling...

    Obama has to go as does other liberal thinkers... vote Romney and Gill

     
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