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Area gas prices break $4 barrier

Posted June 17, 2008

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— The average price for a gallon on regular unleaded gas topped the $4 mark for the first time Tuesday.

FuelGaugeReport.com reported that the average inched up to $4.007 a gallon from $3.999 on Monday. A year ago, the average price was $2.965 a gallon, according to the Web site.

Statewide, the average price was $3.986 on Tuesday, while the national average was $4.078.

Fayetteville has the cheapest gas in the state, with an average of $3.94 a gallon. The average prices in Charlotte and Greensboro are remain under $4 a gallon.

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  • meteo Jun 18, 2008

    AshleyandJoeCarson: You're right, you can complain, but my question to you is...why? What does it solve? Is your complaining making your situation any better? Probably not.

    Instead, try making some changes to improve your situation. Here are some suggestions that might help your gas/food price complaints:
    Carpool to work.
    Move closer to work.
    Take public transportation to work.
    Get a more fuel efficient vehicle.
    Clip coupons.
    Buy generic groceries. Make and pack your lunch. Avoid fast food. Make your own coffee. Avoid Starbucks. Join Costco.

    There's lots of stuff we can do to make things better for ourselves. Complaining just isn't one of them.

  • AshleyandJoeCarson Jun 18, 2008

    I FOR ONE WILL COMPLAIN.. GAS PRICES ARE RIDICILIOUS! I DONT WANT TO SEE THE GAS PRICES HIT $5 THAT IS CRAZY! YEAH I KNOW THAT WE NEED LESS DEPENDENCE ON OTHER COUNTRIES BUT LOOK AT WHAT THE PRICES OF GAS IS DOING TO US RIGHT NOW.. HIGHER GAS MEANS HIGHER GROCERIES.. WHICH MEANS HIGHER RESTURANT PRICES.. WHICH MEANS HIGHER EVERYTHING BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAS TO BE ON A TRUCK AND SHIPPED IN.. YOU CAN WANT HIGH GAS PRICES IF YOU WANT BUT I ON THE OTHER HAND WILL COMPLAIN~~~

  • meteo Jun 18, 2008

    Will drilling for more oil solve any of the current problems?? No, it won't. It's a temporary band-aid that does not do anything constructive towards finding a lasting solution, while it also damages our environment. Let's embrace the tools that we Americans claim we like so much.....the market, to solve this issue. RAISE the gas prices and the solutions will come.

    Heck, it's already working, folks. People are moving closer to work. They are taking public transportation (Triangle Transit up 20% from April to May!). They are trading in their unnecessary SUVs. All good stuff.

    Complaining about this issue demonstrates a lack of responsiblity and understanding of the big pictures. It's time for us to stop, and start making the tough commitment to a better economic, environmental, and healthly future.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 17, 2008

    Drill here and drill now. China is doing it and they are going to love every barrel they pull up just off our shores. heck they might even sell some of it to us for the right price. If your senators and your district rep do not support drilling, then vote them out in November if they are up for election.

  • colliedave Jun 17, 2008

    I made the comment a few months back that I wish it would go to $5 a gallon so someone would find a way not to be dependent on oil

    Like most liberals you have NO clue what you are talking about' we have the oil we need, it is because of whiners such as yourself that we are blocked from going for it.

    We need to send you and your fellow greenies to AWAR to frolic with your beloved polar bears. They will eat you and we wil be forever free from your carbon foot print!

  • Big Tex 52 Jun 17, 2008

    Here is an article from the Houston chronicle. Apparently oil reficned in the US is being trucked across the border to Mexico and is being sold for 90 cents a gallon less than in Texas

    U.S. gas now a big bargain in Mexico
    Subsidized low price attracts lots of Americans

    By LYNN BREZOSKY
    San Antonio Express-News

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    LAREDO — With his sales down 40 percent and talk of border residents filling up in Mexico, Laredo Shell station owner Manuel Arechiga took his diesel pickup across the border to see what the story was.

    Sure enough, he was able to fill his tank for about $70, as opposed to about $145 at his own station in Texas.

    The kick is that the fuel is being refined in the United States and trucked across the border to Mexico, only to be sold at prices subsidized by the government there to protect the Mexican consumer prices that are now cutting into his business.

    Arechiga brought

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jun 17, 2008

    Why does WRAL keep on referring to the national average? It means nothing in a state that has the high road tax we pay..

  • jockeyshiftspringer Jun 17, 2008

    "Area gas prices break $4 barrier"

    Why?

    "Oil falls for third straight day" - http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/17/markets/oil/index.htm?postversion=2008061715

  • trunkmonkee1971 Jun 17, 2008

    The race should be on for efficient alternative fuel burning vehicles.Whoever produces the first generation of that type of vehicle stands to make a "small" fortune.

  • Madman at the Wheel Jun 17, 2008

    Nice!! Good to be in the capital city!! Check this one out too!

    http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/3054140/

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