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#21 14 years ago

My local Asda dropped prices from 98.9 to 81.5 yesterday. As I walked by I thought:

"Dubya musta hit oil again."




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#22 14 years ago

Chris DownMy local Asda dropped prices from 98.9 to 81.5 yesterday. As I walked by I thought:

"Dubya musta hit oil again."

The mind of a 13 year old child is an amazing thing. :rolleyes:

Do I even need to explain how stupid your statement is?


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#23 14 years ago

Well, he has the price thing right. A gallon of regular where I am right now is only $2.17. A month ago it was $2.59.




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#24 14 years ago
The 13th RaptorThey haven't killed the electric car, they simply kidnapped it and locked it up in a dark basement. It will make its return, if we ever reach the point when oil is simply too expensive to suck out of the ground. As for hydrogen cars being poluting, it's not quite true. If we were to rely on nuclear power, it would not polute at all in the conventional sense, the same goes for electric cars. I cannot imagine that a top of the line power station creates more polution per 1 liter of fuel burned, than a ordinairy car. And like i said, whatever greenpeace has to say, nuclear power is the only option in the long run, at least untill fusion/fission starts working, or wind/solar gets decently efficient.

No of course the power plants doesn't pollute more per liter or anything, but it will have to produce MORE power then it currently does to supply the cars, so in turn you have to burn more fuel, which creates more pollution. So you still would have to burn fossil fules or use alternative energies, which arn't particularly efficent in creating said energy.

Nuclear energy would be a viable source in my opinion, especially once fusion comes around in a hundred or so years. But in the midterm I think hybrids are the best way to go. They produce fewer emissions, they are still cheap in comparison to other alternative energy cars, and they are the ones people are most willing to buy right now.




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#25 14 years ago

Gasoline here is $2.21, a month or so ago it was $2.99

What you are seeing is the Oil Companies lining their pockets.

The Summer in the USA is peak driving season when people go on vatations and are out and about more, plus longer summer hours.

The Gas companies raise gasoline prices to maximize their profits during the times when consumption is highest.

Ever notice that gas prices jump up at Holidays and come down as soon as holidays are over?

Where I live its even cheaper to buy gas during a weekday because gas prices go up on Friday morning and go down on Monday.

Its nothing more than the Oil Companies greed. But dont yell and get angry at your local gas station owner.

The oil companies control the pricing. If its a corporate chain the prices are determined at corporate level. If the gas station is a locally owned and operated teh gas companies charge the prices they want.

Most privazte owners sell gas at only .15c to .20c above cost which includes usually the taxes.

Did anyone notice how after Hurricane Katrina gasoline prices skyrocketed at $6 a gallon in some places?

I persoanlly am 100% behind the switch to E-85 gasahol but dont expect a price drop. The same oil companies are building most of the E-85 refineries so it will be business as usual.




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#26 14 years ago

Ethanol wouldnt be a bad alternative fuel source either, Ive been studying about it, and thank god, Bush(my bush, florida gov) is trying to incrase ethanol production, and try to get people to use cars that use ethanol and such.




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#27 14 years ago

Ethanol IMHO is the way to go and since it uses several different crops to produce etahnol its a renewable energy source.

I also am a big fan of biodiesel.

Did you know Rudolph Diesels first working diesel engine was deisnged to run on vegetable oil?

I think its almost funny how the oil companies are promoting the use of petroleum based hydrogen production process, at least that will keep them in business.

It is still my firm belief is that cars of the future will be E-85 or even all alcohol buring engines coupled to hybrid electric drives. If the Plastic membrane battery technology ever takes off you could have large lightweight batteries.

The technology of hybrid cars is still maturing but when it comes to full speed it will be good.




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#28 14 years ago

The gas industry needs to be nationalized. This is just flatout bullshit what those fuckers are doing.




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#29 14 years ago
WiseBoboThe gas industry needs to be nationalized. This is just flatout bullshit what those fuckers are doing.

While I agree wholeheartedly I dont think having the Goverment controlling gasoline would be the answer.

The US Goverment has a bad habit of screwing up and overcomplicating what they become involved in.

Maybe better would be closer regulation and controls over the oil companies.




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#30 14 years ago

That would certainly be the next best step, short of nationalization.

The World Bank about 20 years ago did some trickery down in South America. They had a country privatize a then government-owned gas company for the state in order to receive a needed loan. Prices skyrocketed as soon as the company went private, causing many people to go into an uproar. It's the same kind of stuff that helped Russia collapse as well.