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Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 1:45 p.m. MDT

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Rob
Logan, UT

This was crazy. I was there a few days ago and the gas prices were higher there than here. Then the next morning it had gone up even more. This is more than double it was 4 years ago. Why do we have to put up with this? Everything we buy now goes up JUST because gas prices go up. The regular gas prices being twice as much are under President Obama.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

First, the president, no matter whom the president is, has virtually nothing to do with it. Now then, oil will never be cheap again, never, unless the world economy virtually collapses. There just isn't enough left, and none of it is cheap to extract anymore. This is the new reality of declining supply meets increasing demand. As far as california goes, they have specific requirements for fuel because there, unlike in utah, they believe man can affect the environment and that the gob of smudge that used to hang over LA was bad. So, when refineries that always run near capacity go offline, supply lags behind demand. And oil companies won't build new refineries because they cost billions and they're lookng at the remaining supply curve and they know it's not worth investing because they won't get it back. There are strong warnings in this situation but we're going to ignore them and blame President Obama.

A_Chinese_American
Cedar Hills, UT

TO: "Hutterite, American Fork, UT"

I slightly agree that in the very short term, US President may not have so big impact to the price of national gas price, but, at the same time, in the real sense especially in the mid- or long- term, US President have great impact to the national average gasoline price. Look at this: 1) Energy policy 2) EPA regulation 3) Administration tricks.

When US government persuade a domestic energy production growth, the international oil market will be greatly impacted because US is the biggest customer. If like what Owebama doing right now, higher and higher tax to energy company and tighter and tighter regulations and with his stupid inefficient policy on so-called "green energy", American would suffer longer time of higher gasoline price as it is now.

Western Rover
HERRIMAN, UT

I agree that government policy has a lot to do with the high price of California gas, but it's not Obama's policies, it's the policies of the California state legislature. California prices have been higher than Utah prices (or for that matter, Arizona and Nevada prices) since long before Obama was elected.

J-TX
Allen, TX

There are clear differences in Obama's Energy Policy and Romney's. Romney's would expand drilling availability and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Both of these would allow for more oil, but not immediately.

The biggest problem with the price of gas in California is the 69 cents per gallon in taxes.

Fun fact: Soaring gas prices are a harbinger of inflation to follow.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Hutterite American Fork, UT
"There just isn't enough left, and none of it is cheap to extract anymore."

Actually there are vast untapped source of oil in the United States. North Dakota is currently enjoying an oil boom and can't find enough workers to fill the demand.

The problem is refineries, and that is where the bottleneck is. Obama is directly responsible for his obstructionist attitudes about developing our oil reserves here at home. Of course the liberals would like to blame Bush for it.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

@Rifleman: What policies did Obama put in place that superceded anything Bush had in place?

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