$1.50 Gas Prices Are Here—and $1 Per Gallon Could Be Next

  • metta

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    Dec 01, 2015 3:17 PM GMT
    $1.50 Gas Prices Are Here—and $1 Per Gallon Could Be Next


    http://time.com/money/4129604/gas-prices-1-50-per-gallon-cheap/
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    Dec 01, 2015 4:31 PM GMT
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    YAY!
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    Dec 01, 2015 5:10 PM GMT
    ^


    Nooooo....that is the one thing that concerns me with prices being so low. It gives people an excuse to be wasteful of something that harms the environment and the quality of life of this planet over the long term.
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    Dec 01, 2015 6:12 PM GMT
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    I agree. It should never be so expensive that it really hurts the ordinary motorists (i.e. someone who depends on their car to get to work every day). On the other hand, it shouldn't be so cheap that people don't feel the need to drive responsibly.

    (Cue gas-guzzling video clip from FIF).
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    Dec 01, 2015 6:21 PM GMT
    N American gas prices could go from $1.50 to $10.00 in a week end. I really thing there is a reasonable chance.
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    Dec 01, 2015 7:16 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    I agree. It should never be so expensive that it really hurts the ordinary motorists (i.e. someone who depends on their car to get to work every day). On the other hand, it shouldn't be so cheap that people don't feel the need to drive responsibly.

    (Cue gas-guzzling video clip from FIF).


    Oh man, sorry I took so long

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    Dec 01, 2015 11:38 PM GMT
    It's just a huge conspiracy to coerce people into buying gas-guzzlers again, then raise the price back to $4+/gal and cause them to go broke.
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    Dec 02, 2015 12:00 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt's just a huge conspiracy to coerce people into buying gas-guzzlers again, then raise the price back to $4+/gal and cause them to go broke.


    Those darn illuminati! When will they quit?!?
  • FRE0

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    Dec 02, 2015 12:15 AM GMT
    metta said^


    Nooooo....that is the one thing that concerns me with prices being so low. It gives people an excuse to be wasteful of something that harms the environment and the quality of life of this planet over the long term.


    ^^^ Right. I have the same concern. ^^^
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    Dec 02, 2015 12:22 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    I agree. It should never be so expensive that it really hurts the ordinary motorists (i.e. someone who depends on their car to get to work every day). On the other hand, it shouldn't be so cheap that people don't feel the need to drive responsibly.

    (Cue gas-guzzling video clip from FIF).


    Oh man, sorry I took so long



    Although I would not want an underpowered car, I think that the amount of power some cars have is so high that it makes no sense. Even when a car is very high powered, some people don't use enough power for merging onto freeways the result being that they disrupt traffic. Having even more power wouldn't help.

    Some of the new cars could even come close to beating my motorcycle.
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    Dec 02, 2015 12:23 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt's just a huge conspiracy to coerce people into buying gas-guzzlers again, then raise the price back to $4+/gal and cause them to go broke.


    It won't work with me. I'm keeping my 2004 Mazda 3.
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    Dec 02, 2015 12:24 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    paulflexes saidIt's just a huge conspiracy to coerce people into buying gas-guzzlers again, then raise the price back to $4+/gal and cause them to go broke.


    It won't work with me. I'm keeping my 2004 Mazda 3.
    Won't work with me either. I don't even like the way those big vehicles drive...way too clumsy on the road for me. I like a lighter vehicle that handles well...and consequently gets better gas mileage.
  • StevenB

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    Dec 02, 2015 12:35 AM GMT
    Well, the thing is that deflation is the RULE right now,
    and with the stock market about to COLLAPSE gas prices
    have only one way to go.....

    straight down.

    dow at nearly 18 000 tonite is clearly a big joke.

    Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>
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    Dec 02, 2015 1:04 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    FRE0 said
    paulflexes saidIt's just a huge conspiracy to coerce people into buying gas-guzzlers again, then raise the price back to $4+/gal and cause them to go broke.


    It won't work with me. I'm keeping my 2004 Mazda 3.
    Won't work with me either. I don't even like the way those big vehicles drive...way too clumsy on the road for me. I like a lighter vehicle that handles well...and consequently gets better gas mileage.


    That's one of the reasons I'm keeping my Mazda 3.

    As to larger vehicles, including SUVs and vans, I hate them! Often when I park at the supermarket I end up between two vehicles like that and I can't see to back out. If they hit a pedestrian, the pedestrian is more likely to die because the pedestrian is likely to be knocked forward and under the vehicle. If a low car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian has a better chance because he is more more likely to end up going over the hood instead of under the vehicle. They also do more damage to cars.

    There was a reason that Hudson introduced the step-down design in 1948 which eventually became almost universal for cars. Lower cars handle better, have less air resistance, and are less affected by cross winds. But it seems that many people don't care about that sort of thing; they just want something that is big and bulky.

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.hagerty.com/vehicle/web/12755_3258.jpg

    The above is a picture of a 1952 Hudson, but the body is basically the same as the 1948. It still looks good today.
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    Dec 02, 2015 1:12 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    freedomisntfree said
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    I agree. It should never be so expensive that it really hurts the ordinary motorists (i.e. someone who depends on their car to get to work every day). On the other hand, it shouldn't be so cheap that people don't feel the need to drive responsibly.

    (Cue gas-guzzling video clip from FIF).


    Oh man, sorry I took so long



    Although I would not want an underpowered car, I think that the amount of power some cars have is so high that it makes no sense. Even when a car is very high powered, some people don't use enough power for merging onto freeways the result being that they disrupt traffic. Having even more power wouldn't help.

    Some of the new cars could even come close to beating my motorcycle.


    I sure don't mind having the power, but I'd never ever treat the machinery like this.
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    Dec 02, 2015 1:14 AM GMT
    Well, some people actually work with their vehicles and need a large one. Probably not most suburbanites though.

    I've had a BMW 328is for two years how. The first vehicle I've ever owned that isn't a truck of some sort. I bought it as a second vehicle precisely for better fuel mileage on occasions when I didn't need to tow or haul something. But if I had to go back to only one vehicle, it would have to be a truck.

    Man, it's so fun how the 328 just hops on to the freeway. It doesn't feel like it's going fast... it just looks like all the other vehicles sort of stop.

    Anyhow, big ice storm blowing in tonight. Tomorrow, the interstate will be lined with wrecked SUV's, formerly owned by people who don't believe in the laws of physics.
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    Dec 02, 2015 1:22 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWell, some people actually work with their vehicles and need a large one. Probably not most suburbanites though.

    I've had a BMW 328is for two years how. The first vehicle I've ever owned that isn't a truck of some sort. I bought it as a second vehicle precisely for better fuel mileage on occasions when I didn't need to tow or haul something. But if I had to go back to only one vehicle, it would have to be a truck.

    Man, it's so fun how the 328 just hops on to the freeway. It doesn't feel like it's going fast... it just looks like all the other vehicles sort of stop.

    Anyhow, big ice storm blowing in tonight. Tomorrow, the interstate will be lined with wrecked SUV's, formerly owned by people who don't believe in the laws of physics.


    "some people actually work with their vehicles and need a large one"

    I'm one .... commercial real estate. I have some tall clients and I need to accommodate them without getting a large SUV.
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    Dec 02, 2015 1:45 AM GMT
    metta said$1.50 Gas Prices Are Here—and $1 Per Gallon Could Be Next


    http://time.com/money/4129604/gas-prices-1-50-per-gallon-cheap/


    A little late metta....lol
  • musclpa

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    Dec 02, 2015 2:43 AM GMT
    You can thank fracking for the cheaper gas.
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    Dec 02, 2015 2:56 AM GMT
    Thanks, Syria.
  • JackNNJ

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    Dec 02, 2015 2:56 AM GMT
    So what ever happened to "oil company price-gouging"? Seems they're un-gouging now. I call for an investigation.
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    Dec 02, 2015 4:19 AM GMT
    Unlikely here in California in view of our environmentals laws and refining of high crude petroleum and refineries since is stricter here in California than other states in terms of production of gasoline.

    Our current average price 2.45 to 2.67 in the East Bay Area and higher in San Francisco, although is great I think this is temporary and will keep my 4 cylinder Chevy Cruze that I get 32 to 34 mpg, and later move to a hybrid or electric.
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    Dec 02, 2015 7:18 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    FRE0 said
    freedomisntfree said
    Ex_Mil8 said^
    I agree. It should never be so expensive that it really hurts the ordinary motorists (i.e. someone who depends on their car to get to work every day). On the other hand, it shouldn't be so cheap that people don't feel the need to drive responsibly.

    (Cue gas-guzzling video clip from FIF).


    Oh man, sorry I took so long



    Although I would not want an underpowered car, I think that the amount of power some cars have is so high that it makes no sense. Even when a car is very high powered, some people don't use enough power for merging onto freeways the result being that they disrupt traffic. Having even more power wouldn't help.

    Some of the new cars could even come close to beating my motorcycle.


    I sure don't mind having the power, but I'd never ever treat the machinery like this.


    No doubt you've seen ads on TV where they drive very irresponsibly. I wonder whether those ads really sell cars.
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    Dec 02, 2015 7:20 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWell, some people actually work with their vehicles and need a large one. Probably not most suburbanites though.

    I've had a BMW 328is for two years how. The first vehicle I've ever owned that isn't a truck of some sort. I bought it as a second vehicle precisely for better fuel mileage on occasions when I didn't need to tow or haul something. But if I had to go back to only one vehicle, it would have to be a truck.

    Man, it's so fun how the 328 just hops on to the freeway. It doesn't feel like it's going fast... it just looks like all the other vehicles sort of stop.

    Anyhow, big ice storm blowing in tonight. Tomorrow, the interstate will be lined with wrecked SUV's, formerly owned by people who don't believe in the laws of physics.


    It's true that some people really need big vehicles. However, I doubt that most people with those oversize vehicles really need them. It may be that there are psychological factors involved.

    BMW makes some very nice cars which handle exceptionally well. The only problem I'd have with them is that if anything goes wrong, the repair bill can be shockingly high. Years ago a coworker inherited his grandfather's BMW Bavaria when he stopped driving. The driveshaft needed new U joints which on most cars would be a minor matter. However, on that car, the U joints were welded in place so a new driveshaft was required at a cost of something like $600!! He also learned why an oil and filter change cost so much when he tried doing it himself to save money; changing the filter was a major operation.
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    Dec 02, 2015 3:37 PM GMT
    I'm going a bit off-topic, but the post above me here talks about the classic BMW Bavarias. The photo below is the actual Bavaria that Jackie Kennedy Onassis owned and drove. It was auctioned off after she died in 1994. I thought it was interesting that of all the cars she could have chosen, a Bavaria was her car. I read where most of the miles on that car were from J.K.O. driving herself back and forth from Manhattan to Martha's Vineyard (which is about 250 each way). I wondered if her son (J.F.K. Jr.) guided her in that choice of cars. My favorite of all the old time BMW's.
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