Gas prices continue to soar

Posted March 1, 2012
Updated March 2, 2012

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— For more than three weeks straight, gas prices have risen each day. The Triangle is on par with the national average of $3.74 per gallon. 

"It is pretty rough. I usually wait until I absolutely have to get gas to stop," driver Kelly McCaskill said Thursday. fuel tracker logo stacked Fuel Tracker: Find lowest gas prices

McCaskill spent $73 filling up her pickup truck. 

"There's a lot of gas stations around here, so I try to hunt for the cheapest one, but they usually stay about in the same range," McCaskill said. 

The cost is even higher for diesel engines. 

Mark England runs a local branch of AdvantaClean, a company that does fire and water restoration. He puts at least $100 in his truck every week.

"Especially in this economy, it's really hard to push that cost on to the consumer," England said. 

England said his company does everything it can to save on gas, including always taking the most direct route possible to a job.

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Experts say a big reason for high gas prices is fear about the supply of gas being disrupted if a military conflict occurs between Israel and Iran.

Some experts believe gas could top out at $4.25 or $4.50 a gallon.


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  • mmtlash Mar 2, 2012

    it seems as if the recent issues in gas prices started when Bush deregulated oil and gas markets and allowed investors and wall st to bounce the price all over the place. If you recall prior to 2004 gas prices were pretty constant and when they went up and down generally speaking it was gradual. Is it possible to regulate oil and gas again like prior to 2004 to stop these wild fluctuations or are those days gone for good? It feels like supply and demand is no longer a factor's about wall st investors playing the market and driving the price up....

  • Ex-Republican Mar 2, 2012

    "By the way, the president has no control over the price of fuel."

    Ironic that liberals claimed that President Bush had control over the gas prices. But now the almighty Obama doesn't have control.

  • ronaldtemple63 Mar 2, 2012

    famines in the lands

  • gnewsome1 Mar 2, 2012

    "I thought we burned the stuff afterwards" We use it as fuel to power vehicles which do not have a 10 mile radius for air pollution and a 50 mile radius for possible food contamination. If you had followed vehicle emission standards over time, you would now know that the dangers from gas usage are much less than those associated with nuclear power plants.

  • lkandjoan Mar 2, 2012

    By the way, the president has no control over the price of fuel. The oil producers do. And any excuse will do if you need one. Remember 20+ years ago, the price of gas never went up due to a hurricane in the gulf, does now! It goes up when there is one off the coast of Africa, but does not go back down when the threat is gone.

  • lkandjoan Mar 2, 2012

    Let's raise the price to 10 dollars per gallon this will make the oil speculators happy, shut down our economy and tell China to eat our debt. Obviously, this is what the oil people want.

  • tpraskac Mar 2, 2012

    My oh my it is costing me 95 dollars to fill my pickup when will this stop

  • Raleigh Boys Mar 2, 2012

    My gas comes in by special transport from Jamaica. I pay $1 a gallon, plus cost to ship 800 gallons. It ends up being about $2.25.

  • lfields2 Mar 2, 2012

    The price of gas has nothing to do with supply and demand or world events. The simple fact is that the CEO's who control the price want it to stay high because they know that no matter what, we have pay for it. History shows that while the price of gas goes up, so does their profits. That proves that the operational costs relatively remains the same. The majority of us have no way to curb our fuel consumption to save gas when there is no access to public transportation like in Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham....
    March 2, 2012 12:44 p.m.
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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 2, 2012

    Take responsibility for your gas consumption... Drive closer to work...don’t have 10 a gas sipper...

    You’ve been warned about gas prices rising for many, many years...time and time again. (I remember gas lines in the 1970’s)

    This won’t be the last increase we live to see.

    So, you can either take responsibility and take action to be prepared to save yourself and family money...or not. Either way, you have only yourself to blame for your consumption.