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Gas hits $4 in NC

Posted April 6, 2012

— Gas has hit $4 in some places around North Carolina, and WRAL News found one station in Wendell selling gas for $4.10 a gallon.

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The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Durham was about $3.93 Friday, which is about 3 cents higher than the state average. In Raleigh, the average price for regular gas was $3.91 per gallon.

In the past month, prices have risen more than 16 cents in the Triangle.

The owner of the gas station in Wendell, at the corner of Wendell Boulevard and North Magnolia Street, says his $4.10 gasoline does not include any ethanol. Pure gas allows vehicles to get more miles to the gallon and is better for old cars and lawn equipment, he said.

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. Demand is currently outpacing supply, said North Carolina State University economist Mike Walden.

"As the economy recovers, more people are driving (and) more factories are using energy," Walden said.

He predicts that high prices will top out between $4.25 and $4.50 per gallon.


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  • NiceNSmooth Apr 10, 2012

    "The more supply you have, the lower the price is."

    ok so then tell Obama to release some of the US reserves to flood the market and bring the prices down

  • alwayslovingu30 Apr 10, 2012

    my uncle has been on numerous accidents on mopeds.People do not look for mopeds an motorcycles.I bought my fisrt bike almost 2 yearsw asgo now.I was almost run over before I could get home with it.My wife took 2 insurance policys on me simply because people who drive cars mainly cannot drive

  • alwayslovingu30 Apr 10, 2012

    wow same old story every year.we are needing A excess of fuel.We are farming an cutting grass.that takes alot of fuel it self.weed eaters lawn mowers big an small tractors. farm vehicles.

  • ajarvis1267 Apr 9, 2012

    I am fortunate because I started motorcycling again, and I am able to get 60+ mpg on my 600cc. My main concern is generally the careless people out there that couldn't care less about motorcyclists.

    All I ask is people take the time to pay attention out there. I know there are careless motorcyclists too, but I am not one of them. Be safe and take your time and we all will save gas as well.

  • davidgnews Apr 6, 2012

    "The more supply you have, the lower the price is."

    In a system that isn't rigged, perhaps. You shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 6, 2012

    For all of the touchy feely liberals who support ending government subsidies which will increase the cost of gas, this increase negatively affects the poor the most.

    I always thought liberals were concerned about transferring the wealth of others to the poor.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 6, 2012

    Seeing that the Democrats always blamed high gas prices on Bush, then it must be Obama's fault since he's now the President.

    Obama has done lot's of things to drive up gas prices.

    He's stopped drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, stopped the pipeline to bring Canadian oil south, and limited oil drilling in Alaska. It's a case of supply and demand.

    The more supply you have, the lower the price is.

  • storchheim Apr 6, 2012

    I'm with All the People, who says end the subsidies. That would make people realize the true cost of gasoline and encourage them to use only what they need (no matter the size of the vehicle). Also, we could get rid of the govt staff that collect and administer these subsidies. This to me is the place to cut spending, getting rid of all "corporate welfare" aka subsidies. That goes for alternative fuel, farming, automobiles, any other industries.

    To weigh in on the size of the vehicle: someone who drives the SUV to the store once a month and loads it up may use less gas than the one who drives to the store twice a week in a Civic. If we realized the true cost of gasoline, we'd figure out ways to conduct our lives while still driving the vehicle we want.

    Let's hope subsidies aren't ever assessed by the type of vehicle you CHOOSE TO BUY, like say by charging a tax - I mean "fine" - if you don't buy the car the govt tells you to. No, that'd never happen in America.

  • Ripcord Apr 6, 2012

    "So for your safety, you are jeopardizing the safety of others."

    Their safety isn't his responsibility. Each of those people COULD have purchased an SUV and chose not to. How is that the fault of anyone else?

  • retroluv Apr 6, 2012

    I don't know what's going on lately. Yesterday I filled up my tank at $3.89/gallon before going to visit a friend, knowing gas in Chapel Hill and Durham would be more expensive. When I arrived back home late afternoon, the price of gas had gone down to $3.79/gallon in less than 6 hours.