Paying More At The Pump

If you've had to fill up lately, you've probably noticed higher gas prices. They are up statewide compared to this time last year. The state average is $3.00 a gallon.

Many people that we spoke to say the price at the pump is so high they have decided not to do travel as they typically do during the holiday season.

Experts say a weak dollar and the colder weather in many parts of the country are pushing crude oil prices higher, which is having an effect on gas prices. That in turn is affecting travel for some.

Triple-A officials say they do expect the price at the pump to continue to increase.

The average price of gas in North Carolina is up 44-cents a gallon from last year at this time when the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.56.


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  • by McArthur Park on Jan 1, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    BALONEY. I pride myself on being a champion of the American Way of Life. However, I am utterly sure that the price of gas is a travesty. The oil giants of the world are using the economy as a means to make obscene profits. Their prices are predicated on the premise that weak dollars are the norm for now. Get them in the bank and when the dollars are no longer "weak", think of the monetary power they will have garnered. So much for honor and integrity in business.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    William Robert Location: Stokes, Lavon has a Moped since he got busted on a koolaid OD, yea, he voted for Oblamabush. Big Red, if gas goes to 5 bucks, this economy will be threw. I heard and posted the same thing about the CEO of Exxon. Of course, Obama is finished anyway, what does he have to lose? Of course, Lavon will vote for him...cause he is somewhat black....
  • by William Robert Location: Stokes on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Hey Lavon, my car only takes $3 to fill it up and I can drive 350 miles on a tank of gas. I like getting on these message boards too and telling everyone how fuel efficient my car is and slinging personal insults as those who disagree. Footnote: The above mentioned vehicle holds 25 gallons of gas and is filled up every time it drops down to 24 gallons. The total miles noted above are miles generated from full to empty. And I do mean empty because I like to run it completely out of gas and then push it to the gas station like other normal people do when they say their car is on empty.
  • by Big Red Location: Greenville on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    Heard the ex-CEO of Shell on TV the other day? He hit the nail right on the head! We have done nothing in the last two years to expand our supply of oil while China and the rest of the world continue to use more. The drilling moratorium in the gulf, restricting offshore exploration, as well as no new refineries to cope with the rising use of oil in the US is a major portion of it. Unless this president changes his ways, which he probably won't, we WILL see $5.00 gas by 2012, like the ex-CEO said. Just in time to get someone new in office that WILL put America first, and will lift all of the garbage regulations and moratoriums we've suffered through. January 3, and a new Congress, it's only a few days away, and I can hardly wait!
  • by against obama Location: eastern nc on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    Thanks a lot Obama for the help in gas prices. You're nothing but a crook!! Thats probably how you are taking all these vacations. Whoever likes Obama is really stupid!!!
  • by Billy Bob Location: Stokes on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Lavon (10:54am)- No matter how much it takes to fill it up when completely empty you still claim to drive 490 miles on $18 worth of gas. If gas is roughly $3 per gallon, which it was at the time of your claim, that would be 6 gallons of gas and 81.6 miles per gallon based on your own words. You specifically said it takes $18 to fill it up AND you can drive 70 miles per day for 7 days until you have to fill up again. There is no need for personal insults just because you got caught in a lie or don't know "maff".
  • by Lubba Location: Hehe on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Lavon, you poor lost soul. Just say it out loud.....The Savior Obamay has passed over me.....and everyone else. He made sure he bailed out off shore buisness while US Citizens of all races lost everything. Say it Lavon, just say it. He passed me over......
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    The Democrats are still in control of all three branches of Gov't until the new congress starts in January. High prices at the pump have nothing to do with Republicans. Poor business and energy policies by the Federal Government and more global demand for oil have the most consequence for high gasoline prices.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    Barlow, speculators are driving up knowing America is not drilling or exploring for oil. So they know they got us where they want us. As soon as Bush said drilling in Anwar...prices took a downward to 30 dollars a drum. Uhh, Lavon, you will need to wait till Jan 2 before you start blaming republicans....democrats have control right now....Of course, we all know you hadn't a clue about how government works or doesn't, how the economy works or doesn't....we get it. Lavon, we voted to get the worst congress in the history of our nation, out, along with depowering Oblamabush. Sorry, your god man will go the way of jimmy carter....The CEO says gas prices will be $5 dollars within a year...Lavon, we still waiting here......why did you do it?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 30, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    Lavon has an extremely short memory (like his savior).My daddy always told me not to bandy words with a stump.
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