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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Fill up now: price gouging has begun

I filled up my car on our way back from the bookstore tonight. It's a Shell station with the cheapest gas I've seen around here: $2.53 per gallon of regular unleaded. There's another station much closer by that had it at $2.69 when we drove past it earlier this evening.

On our way back, this same station had regular unleaded posted at $3.09 per gallon. That's a forty-cent jump in less than an hour.

I dropped Lisa off at the apartment, then drove her car back to the first one and filled it up too. Ain't no telling how much it's gonna be tomorrow at this time.

Radio stations here reporting a number of places in the Winston-Salem area have gas in excess of three bucks per gallon.

I know that refining is down from the hurricane, but you can't tell me that there's not any gouging going on right now by the big oil companies. The gasoline in most of these stores' tanks was delivered well before Katrina hit: it's not like it's costing extra to hold the stuff, is it?


Anonymous said...

Oil companies are gouging the American public and getting away with it. That gas was bought weeks and months ago at much cheaper prices. If grocery stores suddenly raised food prices overnight like oil companies are allowed to do, there would be rioting in the streets. Have you ever seen your coffee, orange juice or soy product go up in price almost every day? No, because the American people would not stand for it. Defeat every politician that gets money from oil companies or continue to pay higher and higher gas prices. It's that simple.