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Readers split on who to blame for gas prices

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Here are the results of the BannerGraphic's latest poll question: Who do you think is to blame for the high gasoline prices?

1.) The oil companies: 26.8 percent (138 votes)

2.) The Bush Administration: 21.2 percent (109 votes)

3.) The Governor's Administration: 0.8 percent (4 votes)

4.) The local gas stations: 0.6 percent (3 votes)

5.) The War in Iraq: 1.8 percent (9 votes)

6.) A combination of the above: 36.8 percent (189 votes)

7.) Other: 12.1 percent (62 votes)


Here are some of your comments:

* Government interference at all levels of the market, and an ignorant media feeding an ignorant populace.

* The economy and supply and demand.

* Stockholders wanting more money in addition to the oil companies

* The global oil market is to blame for as high as it is now

* commander and chief

* You gotta be kiddin' What about the Congress that ran on bringing oil prices down last time?

* Uh. a Little biased are we? New option. Congress.

* We are responsible for the prices. If we all didn't think we had to have gas sucking SUV's and 3/4 ton pick ups, maybe the demand wouldn't be so high.

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Everyone is overlooking one of the major influences of higher prices. The EPA, they are the ones that have brought on the new emmission standards requiring fuels to be refined more times than before. Therefore causing production cost's to increase. However i realize this isnt the only factor in rising fuel cost's but it's certainly put its dent in things.

-- Posted by justmoveonwillya on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 11:35 PM

Where is Congress part in all this? What about our own oil production? For years, congress has made it difficult if not impossible to open new wells on Federal lands. 62% of all Federal lands ban drilling altogether while 92% of the rest impose severe restrictions.

We haven't built a new refinery in the US in over 20 years.

What's passed for energy policy has sown the seeds of these prices. And as usual, now Congress wants to blame someone else.

When Bill Clinton vetoed drilling in Anwar, he said it would be 10 years before it could come into production. Well, here we are. 10 years later.

Allow drilling and exploration of our own old reserves; in Alaska, off the coast.

-- Posted by FAW on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:33 PM

what does it matter if we build new refineries or drill for more oil, all of the oil (or at least most) that we use is imported and all the oil (or at least most) that we pump from the ground is exported. We take our oil and export it, then we pay twice as much for the same oil and import it. Makes no sense to me. I guess it is that so called thing of "free trade". If you were president of the USA and had your hand in the oil business, would you care how high oil was, of course not, your would be happy as heck. Almost everyone in congress does not pay for their own gas, or even their own cars, check into it, most congressmen get to lease their cars for free, that's right, it is us "the real tax payers that pay for their vehicles and their gas. Same goes for the police department. Guaranteed, if the police officers and congressmen had to pay for their own gas, they would stop using their patrol cars and large SUV'S for family outings. You watch, less then 6 months after bush is out of office, gas will start going down, and go down fast. But until then, I can see gas going up to $5+ a gallon.

-- Posted by tbone46135 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:59 PM

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