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Why gas prices climbed 13 cents in a week, and look set to keep going

The Christian Science Monitor -- As summer heads into its last month, the price of a gallon of gasoline keeps rising and rising.

In the past week, nationally, the average price at the pump is up 13 cents, to $3.65 a gallon. That's 27 cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago. And by tomorrow, the price could be higher than it was a year ago – the first time that has happened since the end of April. In some states, a return to $4 a gallon is becoming a possibility.

What’s happening to cause the price to rise so quickly?

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Some of the rise is the result of bad breaks, say some energy analysts. A big refinery fire this week in California and a pipeline leak in the upper Midwest have hit at just the wrong time. In addition, the price of


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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 7:59:06 PM

Refinery monkey business is to blame here in CA.
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kjSC
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 5:43:01 PM

Regular gas is up over 10% in the last couple of weeks.
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JimL1
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 4:01:28 PM

What a Crock! Regular is still available for $3.09 per gallon here, though the fools here support increasing the average by paying as much as $3.51 for one gallon of the same product. If you want lower prices, stop buying at the more expensive stations. If you are willing to pay it they are willing to charge it. DUH
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GOBUTLER
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 3:22:39 PM

Ok
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KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 1:59:30 PM

More refinery fires..?
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bwatchingu
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 1:54:21 PM

Tired of excuses.Or lies?
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bluebird1
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 1:48:43 PM

Funny speculators were hardly mentioned....ie. anyone really think European economy(s) are fixed & consumption will go up??? Only speculators do & want profits first even before it appears it might happen.
As for prices in US, we're now about $6.04/gal Cdn with last nights increase of over 2 c/L ie 9 c/gal Cdn (yes one day) & up about 20c/gal in lst week.
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5kvdave
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 1:24:26 PM

WHATEVER!!!!!!
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nickatnite
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:30:31 PM

Yay.
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19sheldon43
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:18:23 PM

Another reason, they didn't list. Simply, BECAUSE THEY CAN!!
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2granny
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:17:52 PM

Our gas prices were rising before the refinery problems.
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GoLancer4
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:14:14 PM

cant stop em
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tomok
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:08:00 PM

Because They Can!
Big Oil will raise fuel prices if they want to or have a refinery undergo 'unplanned maintenance' when they want to. There is nothing you can do, Big oil will maintain its profits without regard to your well being or your possible economic problems.
The trend is always up with fuel prices. The price at the pump needs to go down to $2/gallon, $3 to $3.50/gallon is Not the new low!
With 'coming out of the closet' Barry's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, who can afford to buy fuel and the vehicle to use it! Barry can spin the jobs numbers so they look much better than what they really are, he's a smooooth talker if there ever was one!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012
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AriesMMD
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:58:31 AM

Bitch and moan all you want, it won't change a damn thing. Less of a supply the more competition for that commodity. Life bites, yes, get over it and grow up!!!
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svspyda
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:48:02 AM

if my car is repaired i will hv to spend money and will not put the burden on my customers.. if refineries hv fire problem they have to dealt with. They always search for reason to raise price..
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:45:39 AM

And the oil companies keep making record profits.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:44:44 AM

Don't worry 'bout it. They'll come back down right after Labor Day.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:42:44 AM

More like 13 cents overnight. . . .
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:38:03 AM

it's simple... speculation. the price of oil has been running on par with the stock market.
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walking is good for all
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dieselme2011
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It's been good for my health I walk more and drive less.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:35:50 AM

It jumped because of a refinery fire in the Bay Area.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:34:41 AM

...and so it goes...
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:32:39 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:29:52 AM

ok. When he says top 1%, he is not talking about just the United States, He is talking about the entire world. Most of the people in the United States fall in the top 1%. He wants to tax the entire population to bring the US down. "Taxing the rich" in his mind means taxing everyone that lives here. We are in for some trouble.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:29:38 AM

Bogus excuses! I cut down my driving!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:29:24 AM

Corporate profits were down in July, so they stick it to the consumers in August to make sure the CEO's get their big bonuses
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JWHITE1937
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:27:51 AM

Price goes up because we keep buying gas!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:27:28 AM


.13 Cents? How about +.30 Cents here! More BS lies....
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Car54BC08
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:26:51 AM

Gas will just continue to rise. Time to get an alternate fueled vehicle
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:26:50 AM

If the Christian Science Monitor can report like this, why do we need diots in the Energy Information Administration. Get rid of the DOE.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:23:12 AM

The price rose 20 cents before the fire in California. So, that is just BS. The speculators are driving the price sky high.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:20:20 AM

No Wonder where Obama and Romney got the billions from to sponsor their campaign... some one has to repay them who better than the simple common man...
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:18:39 AM

Goldman Sachs needs more money to pay their long futures contracts.
Stop Oil Speculation (SOS) NOW!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:18:13 AM

ALL THIS IS JUST BULLCRAP.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:17:48 AM

Ain't no relief in sight, is there?
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:16:59 AM

sick of all the lame exuses!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:16:23 AM

seriously whomsoever doesn't know bthe reason by now, then i do not know what to say. Ridiculous !!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:15:38 AM

Actually the CEO of two of the highest 'oilbaron' companies got a pimple on their rear ends at the same time.They used the telephone to discuss any suitable remedies .
After a lengthy conversation it was agreed that they would raise the price of gas as a poultice and obtain enough cash for extra pillows to be placed on their already comfortable chairs. Solution found!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:15:30 AM

sure
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:14:31 AM

They say they can,t produce fast enough now, so let them explain why other refiniers has been shut down over the last few years.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:13:21 AM

In my home town of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the price per litre was down to 121.00 from 127.0. This morning it's up to 129.00

THERE IS NO EXCUSE!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:13:16 AM

With greed any excuse is justified.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:12:18 AM

Drill baby drill and have one type of gas for the whole country, that will drastically reduce prices!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:11:41 AM

ok
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grammamNV
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:10:33 AM

Isn't Keystone and "OIL" pipeline? This article refers to it as a "NATURAL GAS" pipeline - ???
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gonzohb
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:10:24 AM

It is already above 4 bucks a gallon here and rising!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:10:17 AM

Here is Wall Street messing with my wallet.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:09:28 AM

Bet the oil speculators are laughing all the way to the bank.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:07:53 AM

gas prices went up simply because the oil companies are greedy and want, want want
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