Higher gas prices cloud Obama's re-election hopes

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 24, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    A car is stalled with an empty fuel tank.

    Anybody thinking of putting gas in the tank to fix it, doesn't know what he's talking about.

    Barrack Obama 2/23/12

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    @ ParkCityAggie Now there is something we have not heard in a long time. Bush and his rich oil buddies. If that were true I would rather see the rich oil buddies of Bush benefit than the Muslim brothers of Obama. Plays both ways.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Feb. 24, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    I have one question for the many commentors on this web site and I would like to read your responses. Should we still be subsidizing the oil companies?

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 23, 2012 10:17 p.m.

    Amazing that gas near the Orlando Airport at Suncoast is $5.89 and still $2.99 at Costco in Lehi, UT. Why aren't consumers protected? Why are stations allowed to raise prices on the whim of news stories? This may be one commodity that needs federal or state regulation because it is a utility, and a necessity for commerce.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    What I was trying to say that it is an acknowledged published fact that our number one export is energy in the form of gasoline,diesel fuel, and aviation fuel.

    No matter how much oil we produce locally our local oil companies will sell it to whoever in the world pays them the most.

    It would be nice if there were a guarantee that a percentage of the local oil produced or imported had to be used locally however that is not the case.

    In my humble opinion those who chanted "Drill Baby Drill" did not realize that excess petroleum products would not be used to lower the price of gas here in the United States rather would be sold on the open market across the world.

    I do not understand what part of that is so difficult to understand.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 9:14 p.m.

    The guy is clearly in over his head.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    Feb. 23, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    yea higher gas prices "hurt" Obama until the American public gets a gander at who the Republican Party is putting forth as there candidate! At which time gas prices could be $10 a gallon, Obama still gets re-elected! Remember when GWB was president? His rich oil buddies where making hand over fist dollars and he didn't nothing about it! We remember.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    The oil companies can drill here but that doesn't mean they'll sell it here

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Feb. 23, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    Drill here, drill now is what a lying Newt says along with Sandtorum rattling off some more crap about the gas prices and their immediate fixes are lies citizens. 3 big refineries closed on the east coast, reserves running over, and we are presently selling 25% of all refined oil out of our country and they say drill baby drill? C'mon you greedy theives, you know the oil companies are taking this country for another ride to improve their own wealth and nothing more, just continued greed and to try and make our current president look bad! You know what that will not work this time, they and their pocket congressmen will be responsible for holding the country expansion back by arbitarily raising prices and the day will come as my daddy told me-what goes around comes around 50 years ago. Payola at it's best, thats what we have here!

  • Way of the Warrior ANACORTES, WA
    Feb. 23, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    IRON ROD - You are absolutely correct.

    The spike in oil prices isn't solely a supply and demand issue. A lot of it has to do with speculation. So, instead of trying to pin the blame on the president, why don't we hold the faceless "speculators" who hide in the shadows of wall street accountable? Or the producers who export U.S. oil? If anyone, they're the ones to blame, not the president.

    As for me, I ride the local fare-free bus, carpool, and walk more in order to combat the high gas prices. It's much more effective than complaining.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    I have a question for DJK

    If we were to increase our oil drilling 400% here in the United States would it lower the price we pay at the pump? Yes or No.

    If you answer Yes why would this in your opinion happen?

    My feeling is that our number one export last year 2011 was gasoline,diesel fuel and aviation fuel and if that is the case I feel that any excess oil or gasoline or diesel or aviation fuel would be shipped to whoever or where ever would pay the most for it.

    Who would be the winner of this extra production? The American public I do not think so.
    Would you believe the oil companies or refining companies because they could sell it abroad for more money than lowering the price here.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    Feb. 23, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    if OBAMA had let us start drilling 4 years ago we would have NOT been in this situation...actually if Carter had let us start but he stopped...clinton stopped because he was trying to play 'kissy up' with the middle east (as we all know he let sadam get away) we would of had our own oil, the democratic congress wouldn't pass any bills when bush was president to let us drill, obama didn't want us to drill so we would be dependent on the middle east. hello to those whom voted obama in...are you happy for ALL the changes he gave us ? higher gas prices, high unemployment, higher food costs, lost homes, lower morals in our country because of his example...and now birth control. come on he is acting like a socialistic leader. we need to drill and refine MORE of our own oil. it is ready to be tapped !

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    The dude doesn't work. He campaigns.

    We need a president who works.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 23, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Obama would rather waste taxpayers money on failed Solynda loans than approve real energy producing projects like Keystone and Anwar. Now the results of his irresponsible decisions are harming all Americans! Enjoying "hope and change" much?