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As gas prices soar, Californians test life above the $4-a-gallon mark

CSM -- Gas prices are giving handyman Sal Kalil a very tough time.
“I’m putting more money into my truck than into anything else in my life,” he says.

His 1995 pickup only gets about 10 miles per gallon, tethering him to work – painting, carpentry, odd jobs – close to his Pasadena home.

“I’m not eating like I usually do and am forgoing all kinds of things because of this,” Mr. Kalil says.

For the moment, the average price of self-serve regular in the nation’s most populous state is 31 cents per gallon higher ($3.83) than the national average ($3.52), according to the California Energy Commission. But from Feb. 8 to 15, the price Californians paid already topped $4.10.

The result is impacting people and businesses in the Golden State in profound ways.
“We are spending $90,000 a week on gasolin


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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:33:26 PM

Oh, Sal, you are not!! You are maybe paying a few bucks more. It is chump change. Get a cheaper phone and it will even out.
hoffbeck20
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:30:34 PM

Crazy prices
Travelguy20
Sophomore Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:30:26 PM

It'll cost me about $50 to fill my tank at $3.69/gal.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:30:24 PM

such a shame........
jack_flash
All-Star Author Idaho

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:27:51 PM

Gas prices soarin' over california? Hmm...
wolfie9
Rookie Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:27:38 PM


Speculators are driving the price up. Wall Street at work. Renewable energy is needed. Obama Rocks!
race2IT
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:26:29 PM

We need to start some of kind of protest or something against the oil companies; they're raising prices too fast just from speculates.

They’re going to rich houses and the consumers are going to the poor house, it doesn’t make any sense anymore.
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:25:46 PM

Lets explore CNG fueled cars. I would pay more for THAT vehicle and be able to purely use domestic fuel.
knot2swift
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:22:14 PM

Screw em. They got plenty of sunshine to power their EV'S while the rest of us are in climates that don't make batteries work to well. Solar power works quite well in sunny warm states.

Besides that, those butt heads should really have gotten into Propane or CNG's a long time ago to fix the smog cuased by being backed into a mountain range.

Time to quit lying on the beach and work the problem.

Ohhh and quit the weed as well for "Being Mellow" doesn't work all the time.
canfranchiser
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:21:11 PM

great remark by itisajeepthing. i agree 100%
carefrey
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:20:22 PM

Glad I don't live there.
regasaz
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:18:02 PM

Not new territory for Californians....... they have always been among the highest priced.
camel1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:15:16 PM

This price run-up is going to have severe negative impacts our economy and small businesses
Cyberkedi
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:13:33 PM

1) DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!
2) DEVELOP RENEWABLE FUELS NOW!
g747
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:12:00 PM

All this surplus fuel i've been hearing about lately;where is it;& why isn't on line for us to buy ?.
raidrod
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:10:46 PM

big oil is making a killing off us little people who can't afford to get to work,because gas is so high
pse91
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:04:01 PM

And the consumer will pay heavy at the Pump and then at home when they have people working for them. Every one needs gas to get around. Time to get rid of the Dooms Day Sayers, Speculators and the Futures Boys. Iran not selling to the UK and France. How does that affect anything? The UK and France have not bought oil from Iran for 2 months. Some body who has any knowledge please explain this?????????
WillyG
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:00:49 PM

Welcome to real life in America Kalil.
eye-spy
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:59:23 PM

America..The Land Of Opportunity!!

Just look at how BIG OIL is doing!!
ERO
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:57:58 PM

See ya next year, economic comeback.
stevencr
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:57:35 PM

California is in it's own little world.
SUPERQUACK
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:57:08 PM

OUR AREA AT 409 TO 423 .... AND INCREASING RAPIDLY... HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS
TelsaOR
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:49:07 PM

What about Oregon? We're paying 3.89 a gallon. Looks like we must be in the same boat.
willp99
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:46:55 PM

Some gas in San Diego is already above $4.50 a gallon. The highest priced regular gas was $4.69 in the last 24 hours.

[Edited by: willp99 at 2/23/2012 7:48:40 PM EST]
briinnc
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:46:40 PM

10 mpg - must be out of his mind.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:46:39 PM

Really sad!
dynamouse
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:41:13 PM

lets give California and obama to Mexico they all love him so much
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:40:31 PM

hhhm...
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:39:23 PM

Gas is usually a bit higher in Cal. Why would someone drive around in a truck that gets 10 mpg. Maybe they need to rethink their vehicles or pass the cost on to the customer.
pricechecker08
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:38:13 PM

Does the Government care as long as they get there tax money.I know Obama doesn,t.
fuelsaverMN
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:36:25 PM

"THAT IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS"
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:33:39 PM

It will only get higher, eh.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:32:31 PM

The Californians have no one to blame but themselves. They have one on the highest fuel taxes in the nation, if not the highest. And their state is still broke.
DJVEGAS
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:32:17 PM

Addendum to my last comment. 2 years ago when gas peaked at 4.50 per gallon, a barrel of crude was just over 150.00 dollars Now, that same barrel is 105.00 dollars and already gas prices are reaching 5.00 dollars a gallon.WE AMERICANS NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY FROM THESE LOW LIFE IDIOTS IN WASHINGTON!!!! The time is NOW!!!
ROSYMI
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:30:30 PM

the government makes way to much money and we can't do nothing but watch them rank in the cash
cisson
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:29:12 PM

Obama has nothing to do with the price we pay for our gas, bet off your soapbox.
stevekr
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:26:33 PM

Impeach Obama!
CORKYWC
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:25:52 PM

Chi-town is not to far behind them. Some of stations in Chi-town is already over $4.
iamforiu
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:25:52 PM

up we go
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:22:04 PM

The refineries are producing more gasoline than we can or are using in a day. So, they are exporting refined gasoline to other countries and charging everyone more at the pump.

Trans continental 18 wheelers should be spending about $2,500 to convert their trucks to use Liquified Natural Gas. It is cheaper, we have lots of it and it is the cleanest burning fuel. Install big high pressure tanks at all Interstate Truck Stops (like propane tanks), the necessary hoses and fittings to dispense LNG. Take all subsidies away from Big Oil and apply that money to this change to a fuel that we have a 100 year supply of.
HYEgasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:19:33 PM

Hey 96sc1!! Please dont feel sorry for us, we did it to ourselves. Over and over again we vote for these idiots.
Quick68
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:18:34 PM

OBAMA SAYS THAT DRILLING WILL NOT BRING DOWN THE PRICE OF GAS. I AGREE WITH HIM BECAUSE OUR GREEDY AND CORRUPT GOVERNMENT DON'T WANT TO LOWER THE PRICE OF GAS. A LOT OF MONEY IS GOING INTO THEIR POCKETS.
OOXXFF
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:18:09 PM

Too bad. This is what we are all apt to face soon.
96sc1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:16:37 PM

I have no sympathy for Californians. They continue to vote for politicians who purposefully make everything more difficult and more expensive.
eddyp94
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:15:36 PM

As gas prices soar, so will drive offs at gas stations...
jeskibuff
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:13:20 PM

Nancy Pelosi blames the high gas prices on the president. Oh, that's right, she only blames it on the president if he's in the opposition party. If he's in her party, her over-stretched too-many-facelifts lips aren't moving.
zorgchris
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:12:24 PM

Barack HUSSEIN Obama you are ruining my country GET OUT!!!!!!!
themaninthehat
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Obama is NOT the problem
If you believe Faux News, then you'll be easily duped by the latest misdirection of the gop party of no.
CPGas1815
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:10:23 PM

My father gave me a call today. He is vacationing in California and taking care of my brothers dogs. He mentioned gasoline prices in the Thousands Oaks area are $4.30!

On the local front gasoline prices increased today 11 CENTS per Gallon! Batten down the hatches folks there is a nasty storm brewing. Lord help us if gasoline prices increase to 5 BUCKS PER GALLON!!!
IUVidiot
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:10:16 PM

We are up to 3.79 from 3.08 a week ago
hoosierdaddyno1
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:09:09 PM

other dave you are right , gas prices going up here for no reason , we had a refinery go down last year and we paid thru the nose .
Now somewhere else and we are still affected!!!
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