Gas Expected At $3.00 A Gallon By Summer

As you head to the gas pumps this weekend you may notice the price of a gallon of gas has risen drastically just in the past couple of weeks.

A report from AAA came out on Friday saying the national average for a gallon of gas has kept steady at $2.81 for a week straight. But that price has jumped 21 cents within the last two months--not to mention that price is 13 cents higher than last year at this time. By summer energy analysts say the price may reach three dollars a gallon.

Drivers we talked with are worried about the price hike. Eumeka Suggs says, "It's really expensive. Like um, earlier this week it was just $2.50 something and today it's almost three dollars. It's ridiculous."

According to AAA Carolinas--the average price for a gallon of gas around Greenville is $2.85. That's five cents above the national average.


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  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    Oops, sorry another misspelling. Read incite as insight but that won't stop gas prices from rising.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 29, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    ENOUGH--Yes you seem to be quite experienced a purchasing fuel. I fail to see how that makes your biased incite correct in any way. Do you play the market at all? If you see a commodity headed downhill fast do you tote the line or get out with your shirt? Guess it depends on your goals. Yes most people are in the stock market to make money, strange concept I guess. Greed Street as you put it is nothing more than people playing a system built to be played. Work to change it democratically fine, but to play Monday morning quarterback is just wining. I don't think any market is going to be impervious to large swings when natural disasters occur especially in economically rich countries. There are ways to shield yourself from such volatility even in fuel prices.
  • by Enough Location: NC on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Um, Anti-Terrorist, I'm not quite sure who exactlly you are bellowing at, but it certainly is not me, you definately are not speaking to me. Immediately following Katrina, fuel went over the 2.25-2.50 mark. That was about the highest, maybe in some spots up to 2.75. Diesel was hovering around 3.00 and more in some other places. If you think you're calling me stupid by not understanding supply and demand, well, again....you're not talking to me. Again, I buy thousands and thousands of gallons of diesel yearly, I'm quite aware of the ups and downs and times of year fuel increases. I'm guessing you must be in some form of fuel business given your quick to defend what the industry does. I'm sure there was some damage after Katrina, but to send fuel prices to their alltime high's of almost 5.00 a gallon during Bush's term was crazy. THAT my friend was the fault of the speculators on wall street...you know, GREED STREET? I just pass this higher cost on to the customer.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    ENOUGH-- Thanks, I am so glad you looked up the spelling for "Hurricane Katrina". I was under the impression that it did not matter that much given the topic and you seemed to get the idea despite the spelling. Second, do you think that the infrastructure damage repaired itself over night. Yes it has taken many years. Do you think they have the right to pass the cost of fixing the damage on to the consumer? Pretty obvious. Did anyone have to study economics in school? Did you skip the part about supply and demand? Demand rises as we get closer to summer, supply is shorter as a result and prices increase as a function of that ratio. Those that own the oil and the refineries will decide to increase or not the output (BECAUSE THEY OWN IT!). If you don't like it, don't use it. Why don't you pull up to the white house, maybe Obama will pump it for you. After all many of you think you have some right to it at some low price that the government should control or subsidize. Will it ever end?
  • by BEACHBUM3 on Mar 28, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    So whats the big news here this has come to be a regular occurence every year these days as the summer driving season approaches. The gas stations an their suppliers cant hardly wait each an every year for the summer driving season to get here just to give them reason to stick it to the driving public but once again. Just more unjustifiable price gouging if you ask me . Dont the peterlum companys realize how much of a negative impact that these high gas prices are having on the overall economy an how determential it is to the recovery efforts of the entire country an they are are the very one that are always touting the national security issue these high price for gasoline every summer are impacting upon the national securtiy of this country in my personal estimation as well as upon the pocketbooks of the average citizens of this country as well. although i do beleive that the american peole are driving less each an every year as prices rise for the summer driving season. thank you
  • by Vance on Mar 28, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    $3?It is knocking on its door right now with and unemployment rate passed 11%.At least when gas peaked in July 2008 the unemployment rate was at 5.7%.People were on a serious budget then but at least most had a JOB to pay for it!Now 2X the people are out of work and some(rural area people) cant even afford to put gas in their vehicle to go look for a job.Thanks Obonga for this economic boom(SHAFT) you have giving us.
  • by Z Location: Here on Mar 28, 2010 at 03:22 AM
    Time for a significant price hike in wheat export prices!!
  • by gas man Location: washington on Mar 27, 2010 at 09:46 PM
    Current gov is only concerened with health care. Heck my gas usage a month is the about the same as my health insurance. During the winter months my electric bill gets close in price to my health insurance. Remember at the begining of the election democrats were against oil exploration and nuclear power plants. Then when they saw these topics were important to people and knew that would hurt thier chances of getting elected they said drill drill drill for cheaper oil prices, and said yes to nuclear power for cheaper cleaner energy. OK they are in office now and do we hear them saying drill drill drill and yes to nuclear energy. Nope. Sure don't. So guess what, don't expect cheap gas or electricity. Oh well. Americans are in a uproar over health care. People would be cheering if the focus was oil prices and cheaper electricity.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Mar 27, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    Where are all the librals that were up in arms against Bush and is oil buddies. Obama isn't doing anything about gas prices either and he never will. High gas prices are the only way he'll have a chance of getting "change" for the green movement. We'll all be forced to drive sub-compacts.
  • by Enough Location: NC on Mar 27, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    Well, Obama Snake Oil, our hopey-changey is just fine. Looks like your hooked on phonics is doing great for you too. And Anti-Terrorist, "KATRINA" was just step 1 in higher fuel prices. Explain September 2005 -September 2008 please. Ask me, I buy thousands of gallons a year, and diesel at that.
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