Thursday, September 01, 2005


Pump prices stun gas-guzzling AmeriKKKans

Americans were furious and stunned by record gasoline prices after devastation from Hurricane Katrina and a few drivers even thought of giving up things that define the U.S. way of life: gas-guzzling cars and long summer road trips.

Gasoline prices vaulted to well over $3 a gallon in many parts of the United States after Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, shutting down most of the region's oil production and refineries. Gasoline had sold for about $2.60 a gallon before the hurricane hit.

"It's highway robbery," said Ed Wykstra, 77, as he filled his car at a Mobil station in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, where regular unleaded gasoline was selling at $3.18 a gallon, up from $2.76 early on Wednesday. "It means I'm going to use the car as little as possible."

Though the latest data shows the nationwide gas price average $2.68 a gallon, the real figure could be 10 to 20 cents higher given reports that some stations are changing prices up to three times daily, said AAA spokesman Geoff Sundstrom.

The U.S. motorist group has received a number of complaints from members about the rapid rise in prices, alongside reports of prices topping $3 in many parts of the country, he said.

One cab driver says he watched in amazement as a New York gas station billboard price was changed from $2.91 a gallon to $3.49 even as he filled his tank on Wednesday night.

"If the price keeps going up like this, I may just have to quit driving this cab for a while," he said.

In one Chicago suburb of Niles, $50 fill-ups were commonplace as regular gas prices hit $3.16 a gallon.

"One guy just put $75 worth in his tank," a bemused attendant said, adding the customer was not a happy one.

Others fear the worst is yet to come.

"I expect gas prices to go up but I'm more worried about the supply situation," said sales manager Roger Damal, as he filled up at a Manhattan gas station. "I'm old enough to remember the shortages and hours of waiting in line for gas in the 1970s when I was in college."

Luckily for Damal, he was not in Alabama or Atlanta, where gas station lines snaked around city blocks or spilled onto busy streets.

"Lines are two blocks long in both directions," said Darcie Gibbons, from Daphne, Alabama, just east of the hard-hit area of Mobile. "The lines were that long in the morning and (my husband) is in line now and said he expected it to take an hour."


For all the outrage from U.S. drivers over soaring prices, they still pay much less than their European counterparts, who have learned to adapt with much smaller cars and shorter commutes. In Britain, for example, petrol prices hover over roughly $6 a gallon.

Already, there are some signs that the shock of climbing gas prices is prompting some Americans to give up their penchant for big cars and big road trips.

A Californian woman visiting Chicago said she and her family planned on visiting the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, over the Labor Day weekend but decided against it because of the high cost of gasoline.

An interior designer who commutes daily to Connecticut from his home in Manhattan said he had already skipped his summer vacation this year and perhaps it was time to look for a new job closer to home now.

"This is ridiculous. You can't even fill up 10 gallons for 30 bucks," Joe Nevins said at a Manhattan pump. "I'm just going to have to quit my job at this rate."

The only one smiling at the pump was eco-tourism consultant Geoff Botosan, who thinks this change in mind set among Americans is long overdue.

"This is an idea whose time has come. Perhaps people will finally calm down and start driving less," said Botosan.

Pissed of ameriKKKans vote for the bushit oil cartel and wave their patriot act flags and then are STUNED SUPRISED

hummmmm??? guess ya gadda expect it from these creatures that walk around with their asses up the heads... :>)))))))))))))


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