1/11: Will gas prices go to $4?

Moderated by Rick Badie

Metro Atlantans are wedded to their cars. When gas prices inch up, even a few cents, we take notice. Today, a senior petroleum analyst predicts pain at the pump with regular gas to reach $4 per gallon. Or more, depending on where you live. Also, a AAA spokeswoman advises us to educate ourselves and prepare.

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madmommy(not really mad)

January 10th, 2012
5:27 pm

Atlantans are “wedded” to our cars mainly because it is the only way to get around. It seems that once the prices are higher for a while, it’s considered the “new norm” and once gas goes back under the prior price point, the price only drops a few cents, but not down to the lower price point. Anyone else seem to notice this? I also highly doubt that it’s “taxes” that keeps the price inflated. If the price goes up to $4 a gallon, I’ll just stay home and spend even less money than I am now. Not to mention the cost of everything else will rise along with it, so it’s not like there will be much to spare anyway.

By the way, in what ways are they suggesting we prepare? The cost of everything is going up at a rapid rate and the jobs market for both the working and unemployed doesn’t even come close to keeping up. Guess it’s time to get a road bike.

Don Abernethy

January 10th, 2012
5:34 pm

I hear we are exporting a lot of our own oil to other countries. Oil companies are making record profits. So why are the little guys being forced to pay more and more at the pump? Our rich politicians who are all very wealthy don’t seem to care. What is the answer? Horse and buggies?

ByteMe

January 10th, 2012
5:55 pm

As always: the cure for high prices is… high prices.

If gas gets too expensive, people will adjust their lifestyles to reduce their need for it. Which will then decrease demand, eventually lowering the price again.

Halftrack

January 10th, 2012
5:59 pm

As usual, the innocent will suffer the most. We have been knowing for years about gasoline energy and sat on our hands. Obummer does not want to build the gas line from Canada. Does anyone in the Government think about Joe Public anymore?

Hillbilly D

January 10th, 2012
6:08 pm

Yep, they’ll go to $4 a gallon. We’re in another one of those speculative bubbles much like the one before the great meltdown.

Darvocet spending

January 10th, 2012
6:27 pm

ByteMe

January 10th, 2012
5:55 pm

As always: the cure for high prices is… high prices.

If gas gets too expensive, people will adjust their lifestyles to reduce their need for it. Which will then decrease demand, eventually lowering the price again.

Oh good, another teenage libertarian… Just what we needed!! Thanks!!!

Darvocet spending

January 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

Hillbilly D

January 10th, 2012
6:08 pm

Yep, they’ll go to $4 a gallon. We’re in another one of those speculative bubbles much like the one before the great meltdown.

Yep, we’ll be sent right back into recession.

Americans love pretending. We love to pretend gas will be cheap again. We love to think the free market will save us at the last minute. But we’ve known that energy is a finite resource and in the years since gas started to climb upward in price, little has been spent on public transportation. Reality is catching up to us and people are still pretending things will go back to what they once were.

Put A Tiger In Your Tank

January 10th, 2012
6:45 pm

You can whine about gas prices, or you can buy some oil company stock. Like the saying goes, when you hit a brick wall buy bricks.

nelsonh

January 10th, 2012
7:51 pm

$4.00 Gas, that is good for the economy. Taxes are part of that $4.00 and thAT helps government. Now listen, do I have your attention? I do? good. The new deep water port at Savannah will bring oil right to Georgia, no transporting from out of state. Gas will go lower , with the new port.

Let us be honest we can all afford to drive it is what we want to do.
Now, I just read, Atlant a has lost its #1 ranking as the gayest city in America, it is still first as the largest gay city. Now St. Pete Fl. has been named the unhappiest city in the country. Look what a difference it would make if the gays went to ungay St> Pete, it would be marvelous.

ODD OWL

January 10th, 2012
7:55 pm

The Wall street speculators are driving up the price of oil… Gasoline sales are down 7 % in the last three months… Can cutbacks in consumers demands for gas fend off the greedy Wall street hedge fund managers ???

lynnbo

January 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

The poor get more poor and the rich get more rich………….so whats new.

rad

January 11th, 2012
6:58 am

TO THE “SHEEPLE” OF AMERICA…….If you don’t think you’re screwed living in what used to be America…..you’re more screwed than you can possibly imagine!!!!!!! Lady Liberty has been hijacked and shot in the back of the head….just in case you weren’t aware…….AMERICA…WAKE UP AND SMELL THE BURNT COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dcb

January 11th, 2012
7:14 am

Hey lynnbo – let’s get off the “blame the rich” kick (The poor get more poor and the rich get more rich………….so whats new). It’s getting old. If you want to blame someone, why not ask your president and our government officials why they are not doing more to combat fluctuating gas prices. It seems to me that in no other case is price fixing more evident than the per gallon gas at the pump prices. I mean it matters not what company it is, they all have per gallon prices that are basically at the same level in any one local. If that’s not price fixing, I don’t know what is. And if left to get away with it, they will. And while you’re at it, why not look into a flat tax policy – that’ll take care of your issue of the rich getting richer at the expense of the majority of us. And this coming from a registered GOP’er now upset that he has to classify himself as an Independent.

dcb

January 11th, 2012
7:15 am

Again – Hey lynnbo – let’s get off the “blame the rich” kick (The poor get more poor and the rich get more rich………….so whats new). It’s getting old. If you want to blame someone, why not ask your president and our government officials why they are not doing more to combat fluctuating gas prices. It seems to me that in no other case is price fixing more evident than the per gallon gas at the pump prices. I mean it matters not what company it is, they all have per gallon prices that are basically at the same level in any one local. If that’s not price fixing, I don’t know what is. And if left to get away with it, they will. And while you’re at it, why not look into a flat tax policy – that’ll take care of your issue of the rich getting richer at the expense of the majority of us. And this coming from a registered GOP’er now upset that he has to classify himself as an Independent.

Road Scholar

January 11th, 2012
8:36 am

D A and others: The last time I checked our national oil supply is NOT owned by the government! It is called capitalism…ya’ know supply and demand? If you had a business and could sell your products at a higher price due to worldwide demand, wouldn’t you sell it to the highest bidder?

Folks , get used to it. Once the economic recovery in the world improves, demand will increase and the price will go up again and then fall to another “equilibrium point”. What costs less these days? Anything?

Pamela

January 11th, 2012
9:20 am

Maybe the non-driving people will catch MARTA or stay home and OFF the streets. That’s the ONLY GOOD thing about gas being so high! I’m not the least bit suprised. When you have people in Congress that has a Monopoly thing going on with fuel the prices will continue to rise and their pockets will continue to get fatter. It’s so unfortunate…

joe

January 11th, 2012
9:26 am

With Obozo in office, bank on it. He refuses to ween our dependence on foreign oil by tapping into the vast resources our country has. Did you know that the state of N. Dakota has the 8th largest oil reserve in the world? Yet we can’t touch it, while Canada drills just a few hundred miles away. Not to mention Alaska and all the natural gas deposits under the continental 48. Yet one more reason to vote him out in November…however his socialist, entitlement, pro-union, bailouts for all stances that will turn the US into Greece trump everything else…

Ken

January 11th, 2012
9:33 am

Joe, you are exactly right, but the liberals don’t want to hear the truth.

zeke

January 11th, 2012
9:49 am

10-4 Joe! Obozo and indeed all leftist socialist democraps and so called independents must be voted out to save this great country! Also the Supreme Court must remove from the discussion all left wing anarchist and racist groups like the naacp, the aclu, sierra club, southern poverty law center, all the nut case economic and social justice thugs, the world wildlife fund, nature conservancy and the like that are no more than anti USA, anti private ownership, anti business, anti economy, anti Constitution!!

#occupy my desk...

January 11th, 2012
10:15 am

I hope so actually, it is work the extra $20 per week to see Obama back his angry wife up and move back to Chicago. Consider this my contribution to the future of America.

joe

January 11th, 2012
1:53 pm

Laskoski’s column puts all the blame on Iran. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Iran has insulted Israel by calling them out on apartheid. A government whose rights is based on race can not endure – it will fall on its own; and that statement is what the Zionist have claimed was a threat to “push them out to sea”. Get over it. Defending apartheid is not worth $4 a gallon.

Ron

January 11th, 2012
1:54 pm

. . . translation: look for large 1st quarter profits by big oil.

joebriggs

January 11th, 2012
2:08 pm

The column suggest that we are the victims of Iran’s wild actions. They have done nothing. We have done this all to ourselves. What do you expect will happen when you orchestrate an oil trading sanction on one of the worlds largest producers? The price goes up! That is why Japan is trying to get Saudi to increase output before committing. This is nuts. Iran has every right to build a nuclear power plant, and a nuclear defense if that is what they choose to do. If we don’t want to pay more for gas then we should send an ambassador to Tehran and restore trade. They present no threat to anyone.

Darvocet spending

January 11th, 2012
5:23 pm

joe

January 11th, 2012
9:26 am

With Obozo in office, bank on it. He refuses to ween our dependence on foreign oil by tapping into the vast resources our country has. Did you know that the state of N. Dakota has the 8th largest oil reserve in the world? Yet we can’t touch it,

Do you know why we can’t touch it? It’s oil shale, there’s not a commercially viable way to extract it yet.

Darvocet spending

January 11th, 2012
5:26 pm

nelsonh

January 10th, 2012
7:51 pm

$4.00 Gas, that is good for the economy. Taxes are part of that $4.00 and thAT helps government. Now listen, do I have your attention? I do? good. The new deep water port at Savannah will bring oil right to Georgia, no transporting from out of state. Gas will go lower , with the new port.

Savannah is a freight port–mostly containers. The dredging of the river will not impact gas prices here at all, because no oil/gas/other energy is loaded or unloaded there.