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With gas prices lower than they were last summer, will you be traveling/vacationing more?

Yes 11% 75 votes
No 78% 518 votes
Not sure yet 10% 71 votes
Total Votes: 664

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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June 22, 2009
6:56 a.m.

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gonnamakeit ( gonnamakeit ) says...

Gas prices are not that much lower. Gas is still pretty high...

June 22, 2009
8:25 a.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

At the end of April gas was hovering just over 2.00 per gallon. Less than 2 months later we are pushing 3.00 per gallon. I am not feeling confident to hit the road on a vacation. Only 1 day out 55 has not seen a daily gas increase. At the level we may be up to last years levels by the end of next month.

June 22, 2009
11:11 a.m.

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Rick ( Rick ) says...

Jan 2008, the gas prices were over $3. Prez Bush removed the Exec Orders that banned offshore drilling and the price dropped to $2.

Jan 2009 Prez O re-instituted the ban and the price started back up.

Lord O has repeatedly called for gasoline to rise to $7/gal to 'encourage' people to buy small, gas efficient cars.

We import 75% of our oil from foreign sources.
New Nuclear plants are not allowed.
70% of our electricity comes from coal, but Lord O wants us to stop using coal.
EPA wants to ban wood stoves.

Any thoughts on how we are supposed to stay warm?

Betcha the White House will be warm and toasty because YOU will be paying for it.

I HOPE you're happy with the CHANGE he's bringing.

June 22, 2009
12:31 p.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

Well I will assume that no new oil was produced from that offshore drilling since it takes years to refine, so it must be that speculators are once again running up the prices just in time for summer vacations.
In June 2008 gas was over 4.00 a gallon, that is 6 months after you think Bush did soemthing miraculous to help us. It would be nice if we could all see reality so we could actually CHANGE.

June 22, 2009
12:36 p.m.

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nygirl61 ( nygirl61 ) says...

I am most definitely not happy with the changes President Obama has brought to our nation, Rick. And thanks for keeping track of the daily price increases, Schdygirl... I thought they were going up pretty fast lately! This is getting ridiculous... when are things going to get better? Certainly not under the current administration! Again this summer I will have to watch my spending, especially on gas! And I am NOT going to buy a small gas efficient car... I drive a 7 year old Toyota that gets 36 in the city and 46 on the highway! And it's fully paid for and I'm not giving it up just to have car payments again! How stupid! If the winter is too cold for the Obamas, they'll just rev-up Air Force One (on our dime!) and jet down to a warmer climate and leave the rest of us behind to freeze!

June 22, 2009
4:49 p.m.

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CPMark ( CPMark ) says...

Rick -- I understand your frustration and apparent dislike of the current administration, but from a purely scientific point of view it takes more than a decade for any new offshore drilling effort to pay off, and that's a generous estimate. It's almost universally accepted that the rise and fall of oil/gas prices has more to do with financial market speculation as traders look for safe investment havens when the value of the dollar falls. Your argument sound like Fox News talk points.

June 22, 2009
5:58 p.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

Back in the 1500's Cortez noticed an oil slick just off the coast of Santa Barbara. Today, that slick is still there and the beaches have oil balls that wash up on shore. Stepping on one is a big mess. Off shore drilling would stop the oil from oozing from the sea floor, solve an environmental problem that's been around for 500 years and give us more oil. But, no, the great one says no drilling. An oil rig off shore would be up and ready for production in 18 months. 6 more months to the refineries. The problem is, California shuts down it's oil refineries in the summer, causing always the rate to rise in the warmer months.

June 22, 2009
6:20 p.m.

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wmarincic ( wmarincic ) says...

I say we give Mexifornia back to Mexico and we let Nobama run it. Obama is a socialist that has yet to prove his citizenship. Why will he not just show his true birth certificate. I dont need to watch Fox news even thow they are fair and balanced. I watch the internet and read the stories that interest me and then i verify them. By the way Kathleen "Hatchet Job" Moore could learn from that when reporting for the Gazette.

June 23, 2009
8:32 a.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

There obviously have been lots of administrations that were apart of the decision to not drill there (about 500 years worth). I am not sure that we should put that all on Obama.

June 23, 2009
9:41 a.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

Bush opened up for off shore drilling, Obama closed it.

June 23, 2009
12:34 p.m.

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shaqfu ( shaqfu ) says...

schdygrl

You have an awful alot of opinions on everything I think you r spending too much time on the computer and not enough time in the gym training.Obama is against off shore drilling if he was not maybe our gas prices would be much lower, think about!!!!!

June 23, 2009
3:01 p.m.

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dtschet ( dtschet ) says...

NO JOB ---> No travel ...

June 23, 2009
4:54 p.m.

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mhowie ( mhowie ) says...

Gas prices might be a bit better, but the economy's still in the tank ... I don't know anyone who's got the spare cash for a big vacation this year.

June 23, 2009
10:27 p.m.

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esteban1949 ( esteban1949 ) says...

I know i aint going anywhere, again this year, because
1. When gas hit 4.05 cents here in NC i got rid of our car.
2. with 2 grandchildren in college and we are still footing the bill, it got to be a matter of priorities.

3. with some refineries getting ready to shut down for summer refits & repair, 6 months worth of oil still out in the bays waiting to unload with already full refinery storage tanks not accepting anymore...and no new refineries are planned in my lifetime ( as i be 60) it is cheaper by far for me and my family to take the local transit as for me it's 1.00 dollar round trip...alot cheaper than gas, insurance and car payments huh ? yes it can be rather inconvenient as one has to get used to the lifestyle outside the microwave type of living...but after one does...it aint so bad...just a wee bit slower in the "fast" lane of life !!!

Go Rats !!

June 24, 2009
9:55 a.m.

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residentX ( residentX ) says...

regardless of consumption gas prices will go up. If consumption doesnt go up... they cut production to artificially keep the price up. If it isnt caused by the producers at one moment... its caused by speculators in the stock markets. I dont think you should be able to purchase shares of oil if you are incapable of taking delivery of said oil. As the economy here and worldwide rebounds these speculators are looking to cash in on an increase in demand. The strange part is ... demand is still down yet prices are rocketing up as usual. Proof that demand isnt driving the price fluctuation... at least not nearly as much as they would have you believe.

We need to really push alternate sources of power... and fund NON OIL companies to do the research. I cant get over dumping billions of funding into OIL companies to research other forms of alternative power... news flash... if they cant duplicate or increase the profitability with another source... they wont pursue it.

June 25, 2009
12:36 p.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

Resident, the oil companies make 12 cents a gallon of gas after the research, drilling and producing. Then the town-city-hamlet, County, State and Federal government take 80% in taxes. The oil companies are looking for alternative forms of energy, because oil production is just not profitable anymore.

 

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