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JT

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Message Posted: May 11, 2008 12:01:00 AM

Regardless of your own opinion (we asked about that last week), which action do you think the government is most likely to take to try to impact fuel prices?
Lower/suspend the federal tax on fuel
Set a price ceiling to oil companies
Tap government oil reserves
Let the market handle it
Give subsidies to users - like a "tax rebate"
Reinstate rationing (like in the mid-1970s)
Lift oil drilling r
Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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MnSwede
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2009 5:10:56 PM

Lift off shore drilling rights
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janmj
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2009 5:05:39 PM

none as usual
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ried
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2009 12:17:36 AM

Close gasoline on Sundays
Cut twenty-five cents a gallon in CA
lower gas tax
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tigerwoods7
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2009 10:52:37 PM

Give subsidies to users - like a "tax rebate"
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rjr54
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2009 7:22:32 PM

I voted for "Let the market handle it". And that is what happened.
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higginbotham194
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2009 10:00:42 AM

The goverment is not going to do anything.
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Blubberpuppy
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2008 4:15:46 PM

They did nothing. Which was all that they could do. Now that prices are lowering, we'll see how long the market will maintain this decline.
If it lasts for more than 6 months, you will probably see some in Congress pushing to raise the Federal gas tax so consumers don't start getting complacent with the cheaper gas.
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Lefty06
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2008 7:34:31 PM

Let the market handle it
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2008 9:26:48 PM

The best move would to create addition refining capacity... What will they do... who knows, Pelosi and Reed have the controls...
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Bill313
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2008 12:55:36 AM

let the market handle it
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narcar1973
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2008 8:28:05 AM

They need to make oil compinies take more resopnsabilty for gas prices and stop giging tax brakes to the oil compinies.
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pumppal
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2008 12:33:25 PM

The U.S. needs to become more fuel independent. We also need to undo the mess we have made legally to begin off shore drilling. As it stands, no oil company is going to research drilling offshore, so long as the legislation we have currently, remains. Even then, the market drives the price of petroleum, and we as consumers must do what ever is necessary to reduce demand. Make multiple stop trips. Ride with a friend. Carpool to work. Use public transportation. Reduce the need to fill up your Cadillac Escalade every other day. Park your Hummer3, and ride a bike.
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Bernie07
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2008 5:11:09 PM

i don't think they'll do anything. what are they doing now that's making the price of fuel go down?
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narcar1973
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2008 5:06:39 PM

Do more work on alt. fules
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in_orbit
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2008 8:19:45 AM

Give subsidies to users - like a "tax rebate"
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MnSwede
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2008 9:01:33 PM

Let the market decide. Government intervention to help either producer or consumer makes things worse.

Eliminate any tax credits for alternative fuels because they adversely effect food prices, and the reduce tax collections that fund road maintenance

Avoid price controls they only hurt the consumer in the long run.
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Bill313
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2008 7:48:43 PM

I think the government will probably allow more drilling, especially in
Alaska. Unfortunately, the fuel companies are so powerful that I think they will get what ever they want
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china211
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2008 9:29:26 AM

Start off shore drilling now!!!!!!
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Dorkchop
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2008 11:06:55 AM

Let the market work it out. Especially now that prices are going down. There isn't much the government can do otherwise that would have an immediate or near future impact on oil prices.
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2008 7:50:59 PM

Let the market handle it
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2008 7:50:54 PM

Let the market handle it
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2008 7:50:48 PM

Let the market handle it
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2008 7:50:43 PM

Let the market handle it
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YB1234
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2008 7:50:37 PM

Let the market handle it
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narcar1973
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2008 5:14:16 PM

let the market handel it.
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rivasj19
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2008 3:55:39 PM

i would think that federal taxes
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lucky69
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2008 5:52:04 PM

They have to set a limit on how high prices will get.
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rlingk
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2008 8:00:27 AM

First of all, I do agree that we have reached oil's peak but the problems lie in the fact 1) Bush is an oil man, and lining his and his cronies pockets (very well I might add) 2) We haven't really done anything to explore alternatives. I do not believe ethanol is the answer, it is also taking food and leaving carbons in the atmosphere. I am not really sure what the solution might be, but we should be working on a more viable solution.
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roadkillGA
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2008 3:07:39 PM

Tap or reserve. As for Bush, he has been blamed for
gas prices
WMDs
9-11
on and on and on.
Now its time to blame him for Katrina and the development in areas that cleares the Earth for housing, industry, and farming some of which attributed to LA flooding.
Oh yea, wht about Iowa GW needs to get the blame for that along with the California wildfires.
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broadway96
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2008 4:56:45 PM

Do what they were doing 5 years ago before this all went crazy. Oh and get rid of Bush.
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gasisoutrageous
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2008 1:29:27 PM

I think that the government will do 2 things:
-Tap government reserves
-Lift oil restrictions, such as the restriction on
oil drilling in Alaska

I am not in support of drilling in Alaska, but the government may come under a lot of fire to do this if gas continues to rise.
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radarman
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2008 10:18:29 AM

The government can't do anything to improve our situation.
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barsantij
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Message Posted: Jun 9, 2008 9:26:27 AM

Subsidies for non-SUV hybrids. Rebates for bus/rail passes. Increase funding to Amtrak.
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AlanLynn
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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2008 11:34:02 PM

If anything you can bet that the market is not going to handle it all very well...so the thing to do is just stop using it so freaking much. I mean if the entire US didn't use it for just 2 days the oil company would pretty much die cause we all didn't pay them 2 million dollars or more in just one of those days. I would hope that the government sets a price ceiling on oil company, but the chance of this happening is like getting struck by lightning...so heres hoping.

Good luck to us all.
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radarman
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2008 8:57:46 AM

Play with the tax on fuesls so you have to pay more for something else.
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SweetBippy
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Message Posted: May 28, 2008 6:47:55 PM

It isn't a problem for Bush, so why would he want to do anything about it?
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benniec
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Message Posted: May 28, 2008 9:53:07 AM

jail, price gougers and profiteers, nationalize big oil, charge kuwait and said arabia for saving them from husain.
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PLAYETT25
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Message Posted: May 27, 2008 1:46:01 PM

NONE!
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GreenflashMD
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Message Posted: May 23, 2008 4:47:20 PM

Couldn't agree more barsantioj. We Americans have always acted like we have a birthright to cheap energy of all kinds -- right up there with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson just forgot to include energy.

Interestingly, CNBC is conducting a poll on who's responsible for the present situation. As of late this afternoon, here are the results:
OPEC 4.4%
President Bush 16%
Congress 36%
Speculators 25%
Big Oil 3.7%
Consumers 15%

Those are the most favorable numbers the President has seen in a while -- only 16% blame him but look at Congress' numbers.



[Edited by: GreenflashMD at 5/23/2008 4:49:41 PM EST]
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barsantij
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Message Posted: May 23, 2008 4:36:46 PM

The current oil crisis is not a supply problem, as it was after Katrina, it is a demand problem. We have gotten away with cheap gasoline for a very long time. I remember when gas and milk were both a dollar per gallon. The cost of fuel is finally catching up with 30 years of modest inflation.

A tax holiday will negatively impact our infrastructure. It may not even have much of an impact. I would hope that the federal government will toughen the CAFE standards and encourage the purchase of hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, while dissuading SUV purchases. We got ourselves into this mess, we can get ourselves out.
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petej0
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Message Posted: May 22, 2008 8:27:45 AM

This is the 45th time in the last 4 years they have been in front of congress. There is nothing this meeting would change that the other 44 havent. So, no its not going to do any good and it shouldnt. If there were any kind of price gouging or anti-trust laws being broken I am quite sure we would have heard from other countries.
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oldavalon
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Message Posted: May 21, 2008 8:45:59 PM

A Senate Committee interrogated oil companies executives today attacking them for the high price of gasoline. Great publicity for the Senators fighting on behalf of their constituents. Do you think this is going to do any good?

HAH!

The oil executives pointed out the price of their raw material, crude oil, has risen 78 per cent. Does that matter to our fine public servants?
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petej0
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Message Posted: May 21, 2008 8:43:21 AM

2coolhipdude,

"You keep assuming that I care what the government is, or isn't going to do. And I've made this clear to you many times."

I have not. Like I said before, it is for the others on this forum who are expecting the government to do something. Do you get it? Here let me say it this way. For everyone else on this forum, stop expecting the government to do something and cut your own gas consumption.

Yes you won the argument, does that make you happy? Yes, if you take all the averages, you are right. I am not stupid, I know basic math. My problem is that I find it hard to believe the average family drives 24k miles a year when many trips are shared, especially on the weekends.

But if you want to walk the average route then you are right. $50 dollars for 3 months. Or a whopping $3 a week. Or the equivalent to a government slap in the face. Maybe we can get some rich Europeans or some rich U.S. Politicians to sponser American families for .43 cents a day.

Like I said again. YOUR "AVERAGE" FAMILY WOULD SAVE MORE GETTING RID OF THE GAS GUZZLER. That last sentence wasnt for you 2coolhipdude.
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oldavalon
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Message Posted: May 21, 2008 5:58:43 AM

Sorry uncoolhipdude. Didn't realize you and petejo were having a private discussion on this forum.
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2coolhipdude
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Message Posted: May 20, 2008 11:33:06 PM

A quote from RayRatt: If the facts can't win the argument, name calling is not the way to make your point!!!

Problem is, I stated the facts, won the argument, but you were too stupid to understand this. Also, I didn't call you names, I stated a fact. You should be called a Village Idiot. Anyone can read your posts and realize this.

You attacked my first post because of your ignorance. I was nice and took the time out of my day to make it easier for you to understand. You again failed to grasp the meaning of the topic. Then, to make yourself appear to be more intelligent, you made the statement that the AVERAGE American drives 12,000mi a year. And, how can the AVERAGE American family use 100 gallons of gas a month. So, in an effort to clarify things for you even further, I stated FACTS to support my earlier post. Guess what happened next? You discount those FACTS as "mumbo jumbo" and how AVERAGES don't mean anything. That, my friend, is a statement that deserves a "Village Idiot" label attached to it. And, in your last statement, you say "Besides, arguing over $15 is pointless." Who's arguing over $15? All I have done since my first post is state facts. You keep assuming that I care what the government is, or isn't going to do. And I've made this clear to you many times.

oldavalon

You were not part of this debate. Adding a childish comment will not help your image favorably.
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GreenflashMD
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Message Posted: May 20, 2008 10:24:58 PM

oldvalon -- as Dave Barry used to say when he reported some outrageously stupid action or comment by a public official -- "I couldn't make this stuff up."
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oldavalon
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Message Posted: May 20, 2008 6:47:29 PM

Oh yeah of little faith.

The Government won't do anything? HAH!

The House of Representatives has courageously passed legislation that would allow us to sue OPEC!!!!!

And you thought the government was not paying attention.
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ezgilbert
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Message Posted: May 20, 2008 5:39:01 PM

JUst make it $10.00 a gal. and then we can open up poor-houses again for the working man .Get it over and stop putting all of us through the pain!!! The government will do nothing for anyone but themselves and we all know that.

[Edited by: ezgilbert at 5/20/2008 5:40:44 PM EST]
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petej0
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Message Posted: May 20, 2008 9:01:53 AM

When you have to resort to name calling you have lost your argument.

Besides arguing over $15 is pointless. One family may save $35 another $50, so what. The point is everyone is holding onto the hope that it would save them hundreds when many have failed to actually do the math and understand how little .18 cents really saves them. They cant or wont do the math to figure out that driving a more fuel efficient car can save them hundreds or in some cases thousands over the course of a year. Or they are so stuck up they are unwilling to sacrifice.

[Edited by: petej0 at 5/20/2008 9:02:26 AM EST]
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oldavalon
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Message Posted: May 20, 2008 8:52:59 AM

Calm down, uncoolhipdude.
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