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Re: [RC] The Price of Gas - Joe Long

Bruce Weary wrote:

I truly respect everyone's concern over the costs involved in participating in our wonderful sport. But I think we may be looking in the wrong place and blaming the wrong problems for the increased pinch we feel in our pocketbooks on the way to basecamp. Gasoline is probably the single most monitored item in terms of price of any good or service we as Americans purchase. ...

You know, it's interesting how people will complain about three dollar a gallon gasoline while drinking their five dollar a gallon bottled water.

Compared to the price of everything else we pay for, gasoline is not at an historic high -- it was higher in the 1980's. Back during that price rise (when we were hearing the same complaints) one service station made the point by offering to sell gas for ten cents a gallon -- if you paid for it in SILVER dimes!

Ah, but those "billions of dollars" in profits the oil companies make? Actually, that's not much compared to the size of the company, the cost of their infrastructure, and the quantity they sell. Service station and oil company profits are actually only pennies per gallon, far less than the government takes in taxes.

I agree, it sucks to not be able to afford the fuel to go to all the rides we'd like, or to those as far away as we'd like. I feel that pinch too. But put the blame where it belongs, on politicians (domestic and foreign) and not the oil companies.

-- Joe Long aka ChipRider Somewhere on the Range


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[RC] The Price of Gas, Bruce Weary