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Old 04-28-2006, 05:00 AM   #1
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You think we pay too much for gas?

Britain is paying almost $7 a gallon!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12521203/

What would you all do if gas was that high?

We have Toyota 4runner. Right now it costs about $50 to fill up. I don't know if we'd be able to sell it for much. I suppose dh would sell his motorcycle and we'd buy a gas friendly car. I couldn't see taking the bus with our kids so young.

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Old 04-28-2006, 05:42 AM   #2
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In answer to your topic question - yes. And w/out getting into politics, that's all I'll say!

I drive a Subaru Forester, and just filled up for $35 - most it's ever cost. Hubbie drives an old Ford Ranger, it's about $50 for a fillup.
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:10 AM   #3
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Yes.

The oil companies are a bunch of fat cats who are taking us for a ride (take a look at their profits!!!) with the complicity of governments.

Half of the oil-producing countries have formed a cartel (OPEC), and even if they weren't out to earn the most money, thier production potential is practically is presently working at full capacity.

And, let's not forget taxes in all this. Where I live (France) ***82%*** of what I pay at a service station goes to the state.

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Old 04-28-2006, 08:17 AM   #4
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The gas in Europe is very expensive, but also they do not drive as much as we do and probably can get away without driving alltohether. Publick transportation there is good enough to get anywhere within resonable time and convinience. Having spent time in Austria and Italy I have never had to warry about not having car.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:20 AM   #5
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Totally agree with Alex. Gas prices are outrageous and oil company profits are obscene. Apparently, there is no accounting for what they can and do charge. Bush, et al, are a bunch of oil men so what do they care about this anyhow? Now, I hear on the news, that our brilliant minds in Bush's administration are suggesting/considering giving everyone a $100 gas "rebate" or whatever they want to call it. How dumb is that? The cost to process such a procedure would be huge and, for most families, the measly $100 wouldn't go very far. For some families, with these prices per gallon, just the expense of getting to and fro work can be nearly as much as their home mortages. If a family is living on a tight budget and there is truly no extra money, how are they supposed to afford the high gas prices? I feel the most empathy for them and it appears no one in government cares one iota. Well, as you can all probably see, I'm totally disgusted about this issue.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:28 AM   #6
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Yes and lets not forget to thank President Clinton for giving oil companies great exuse for rasing prices, by not building the refineries. The profits are indeed huge, but if you look into numbers by comparacing the Exon for example is made 7% more this year than last year. That is not that much, compare how much price of gas went up. We should have been driling in Alaska 10 years ago.
Now having said that I completely agree that goverment is not doing enough now to help the situation.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:33 AM   #7
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Hi everyone. This is your friendly Admin giving you a friendly reminder to keep politics out of our conversations please.

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Old 04-28-2006, 08:37 AM   #8
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Neah, GB, it is nor politicks. It is our goverment that has not done anything about this problem starting from about 3-4 decades ago. Both side of the aile are at fault. Everybody knows that oil is not an unlimited resource, everybody knew it would come to this sooner or latter and to develope a solution for such a massive problem it takse decades of research, but nothing was ever done. i don't blame anybody in particular, I blame them all together.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:40 AM   #9
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Wether we play the blame game or not, this forum has a strict no politics policy. I do not want to remove this thread as it is a valuable topic that can be discussed, but we need to discuss it without bringing Bush, Clinton, or any other political discussions into it.
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Old 04-28-2006, 09:11 AM   #10
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Hopefully this little observation will be considered a politics free post

In the past year in Michigan, gas has been firmly entrenched at over $2.00 a gallon. Why do I bring this up? I bring it up because for all the screaming and crying about the end of the world $3.00 a gallon will supposedly bring, it's the same screaming and crying about the end of the world that $2.20 brought, and $2.50, and $2.75...

And yet, here we are, a year later, and there are as many big trucks on the road as there were a year ago. There are as many cars overall as well. Why do I bring this up? Because in the past year, based on my unscientific observations, the general public in Michigan - faced with the end of the world according to them, has apparently done nothing to attempt to lower their fuel intake, all while gas prices have continued to climb.

Maybe it's not the end of the world after all?

Although now I have that REM song stuck in my head!!! ARRRGH!!!!

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