Local Gas Prices Higher Than National Average

Gas prices have been inching higher every day - with the average price across North Carolina costing about $3.07 a gallon. That's 15 cents higher than a month ago - and 34 cents higher than a year ago.

Prices in Greenville are above average right now at about $3.15 per gallon. Many drivers say they're feeling the pain at the pump - saying they've had to get creative with their finances as prices to continue to rise.

ECU economics professor Dr. Carson Bays says as gas prices increase, people tend to drive less, car pool or find other other ways around town. Dr. Bays says as our economy recovers, and countries like India and China keep expanding, gas prices will continue to increase. "If all countries simultaneously start expanding - putting their workers back to work, that's always going to mean increasing demand for resources. And one of those primary resources we rely on - whatever country you live in, is crude petroleum."

Dr. Bays says another thing people do when gas prices get high is buy more fuel efficient cars.

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  • by dogkiller Location: greenville,nc on Jan 22, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    Raise the gas to ten dollars a gallon and leave it alone.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    Poster at 8:05 obama snake oil company, gas was over $4.00 a gal. when we were drilling, why would it be different now? The oil companies can charge anything they want with any excuse to increase their prices.
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    Yeah, so what else is new(s)?
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    Everyone who hates how high our gas is here in Greenville has one person to thank...the owner of the Trade Marts/Wilco's, Mr. Williams. I'm sure a few of you might remember him being removed from either ECU's or PCC's board of trustees for using a racial slur at a meeting a few years ago. Mr. Williams slowly raised our gas prices over the years as he built him empire in our area. Now we are stuck with it. Sheetz made him come down a little when they came to town but they've settled in on the higher prices at this point. So from a working man with a wife and three kids I send hour a hearty THANK YOU to Mr. Williams of Trade Mart. I'm glad you are getting your pockets fat.
  • by Bill on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    Just passed a gas station in Greenville that has unleaded going for $3.21 per gallon. Guess what, soon they all will follow the lead.
  • by cj Location: enc on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    it's high time for the US to STOP expanding the economies of India and China with what was once OUR jobs. OUR economy needs to grow, as it shows really NO SIGNS of recovering. but this shouldn't be a surprise since we've shipped everything from manufacturing to call centers to india and china (where they have no EPA to limit economic growth). Take back our jobs, take back our products, GROW OUR economy and gas prices will come back to normal. see how this works?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    Lavon and Barlow, you blamed Bush for high gas prices are you now going to blame Obama? Barlow, you said save the planet...at what point do you realize you are killing the poor with high gas prices? So this is how you redistribute wealth, take it out of the poor and give to the oil countries that supply it? Think for a moment, when Bush brought up drilling in Anwar, do you remember how much a barrel of oil came down? There is no competition by US companies on our shores or coast...what did you think would happen. I am sure you still drive a car and use gas, pretty sure you have a job and have to get there and back...reality check, you use oil for heat too. Now if you cut them off, sell your car...whoopie, save the planet while you freeze to death...
  • by jbp Location: g'ville on Jan 21, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    Zebulon was $3.01 Wednesday while Greenville was at $3.15 on the same day. I'm sure the cost of doing business would be higher in Zebulon. I just don't get it.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    As I said before, we WILL pay for the oil spill. Higher gas in certain areas is nothing more than the greedy local distributors jumping on the band wagon.
  • by Woody Location: ENC on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Thanks once again Bev, you are really helping us out!! Hey let's just raise the taxes on everything and make NC the highest in the nation.. Bev you SUCK!!
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