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March 4, 2012
It's hard not to laugh as we listen to Republicans attacking President Barack Obama over sky-high gas prices. As we all know, the Republican Party has long been in the pocket of the oil and gas industry, allowing them to reap obscene profits during the eight-year reign of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney at the expense of the American consumer. Where were these Republican hypocrites then, when gas prices reached $5-a-gallon in some states? Perhaps, it's time for President Obama to revisit the windfall profit tax on the oil and gas industry which he shelved in a show of bipartisanship when he took office four years ago. I suspect the mere threat of this would send gas prices tumbling.
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NEWS
July 1, 2014
The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it's a safe bet that a lot of Marylanders will hit the roads to Ocean City and beyond. As often happens when mid-summer vacations beckon, gas prices are up and motorists may be tempted to fume about the state's fuel taxes, which increased on July 1. They shouldn't. If anyone wants to find a culprit for rising gasoline prices, they should look to Iraq and other suppliers and not Annapolis.
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NEWS
February 29, 2012
So, gas is going up to $5 per gallon, probably more. Hey, this could be a real problem. In fact, it's a huge problem for the hard-working Americans, especially those in the lower middle class. We have to do something about it. An example: Joe Doaks drives his SUV 20 miles one-way to work, 40 miles total. He gets 10 miles per gallon so he burns up four gallons just back-and-forth to work. At $5 per gallon, that's $20 and climbing. And he's not giving up his SUV. The problem is, he only makes $10 an hour, no benefits, so he will be working two hours a day just to cover his transportation costs.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2014
With gas prices on the rise again, West Baltimore resident Coralee Penner says she may sell the "gas-guzzling" Hummer H3 she's driven since 2007. Penner said she's considering replacing her SUV with a more compact car to save on gas. In the meantime, she's been driving less and planning more. "I deliberate for a while about where I'm going to go and if it's necessary and if I can combine trips and do everything in one go," said Penner at the North Charles Street Hess station, where regular fuel was $3.65 per gallon Monday.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
I loved the lengthy article on rising gas prices ("Pumping up the price," Feb. 26). Several years ago, when gas was approaching $2 a gallon, the headlines were screaming how middle America was hocking their wedding rings to be able to put gas in their cars, and what was George W. Bush going to do about it? Yet, now, as the price is approaching $4 a gallon, nowhere in your article was the current president's name mentioned. Why is that? D. Pazourek, Sparks
NEWS
April 1, 2012
President Barack Obama deserves a hearty "Thank You" from the millions of Americans who are alarmed by historically high gasoline prices for unveiling his sure-fire fix of the problem: tune-ups, algae, windmills, proper tire inflation, the Chevy Volt and a pipeline to nowhere ("Facing heat over gas price rise, Obama vows to speed pipeline's southern leg," March 24). Barry C. Steel, Phoenix
NEWS
January 12, 2012
I have a confession to make: In a recent story about perpetually increasing gas prices, The Sun quoted Susan Sutter as saying "someone is lining their pockets, and it sure isn't me" ("Gas-pocalypse?" Jan. 7). I must admit - it's me. Am I among the 1 percent? An oil company executive? A Saudi prince? Nope. I'm just a normal Baltimore resident. Well, mostly normal. I am a little unusual in that I don't have a car (in fact, a third of Baltimore households don't). Instead, I go everywhere by bicycle and transit.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | March 14, 2011
Are you factoring additional fuel costs into your travel plans for this spring and summer? Here are some additional tips and thoughts from experts I spoke with for the story that Hanah Cho and I wrote about the impact of high gas prices on travel: The current trend of adding fuel surcharges on top of base fares is infuriating, said consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott. “They have the gall to quote you this low base fare when no one is able to pay that,” he said.
NEWS
May 27, 2011
I am one of the owners of Ray Adolph's Citgo on York Road in Lutherville. Earlier this week, our station was mentioned in an editorial ("A dime's worth of difference," May 23) for having gasoline prices more than 10 cents higher than neighboring stations. While that was accurate, I would like to enlighten the general public as to what occurred that week. On May 9, our station was posting a competitive price for fuel. But looking ahead, I saw on my supplier's web site that the cost of fuel was going to be 10 cents per gallon higher on Tuesday and 20 cents by Wednesday.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
Never have I agreed more with Susan Reimer than I did with her column on gas prices ("Driving force behind high gas prices: me," April 2). Has anyone ever seen more than 10 percent of cars with more than one person within and each one with an unnecessary errand? There still remains primarily one 150-pound person per 3,000-pound automobile, and they all have trouble entering the highway. They all, like I, will start a car and drive two miles just to pick up a tube of toothpaste, so why get upset?
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The days surrounding the Fourth of July holiday are perennially among the busiest of the summer when it comes to travel on Maryland roadways and across its skies - and this year will be no exception. About 858,400 Marylanders are expected to travel between Wednesday and Sunday next week, a 1.6 percent increase over last year and more than any other Independence Day travel period in the past five years, according to estimates to be released today by driver advocacy group AAA Mid-Atlantic.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
After an unusually cold and snowy winter, many Marylanders are expected to take advantage of the sun forecast for this holiday weekend by getting out of town. More than 754,000 people throughout the state will travel between Friday and Memorial Day, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, which is scheduled to release its annual summer travel numbers at an event Tuesday. That's a 1.7 percent increase from last year and the highest number of projected travelers since the pre-recession 2005 estimate of 865,000, the driver advocacy group said.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Get ready for a seasonal spike at the pumps. As many refineries slow production of gasoline in February as they conduct seasonal maintenance, gas prices are likely to rise in Maryland and across the country, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. "Winter weather, weak demand and sufficient supplies have kept gas prices relatively low recently, but this trend may not last much longer," said Ragina Cooper-Averella, a AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman, in a statement. "Filling up at the pump will be a lot more frustrating as prices increase this spring.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
If you traveled for Thanksgiving, you'll likely pay more for gas getting home than you did getting away. Amid strong seasonal demand, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Maryland rose to $3.42 on Friday, an increase of 10 cents compared to last week, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. Prices are rising nationally as well, though not as dramatically, with the nationwide average for a gallon of gasoline on Friday rising to $3.28, compared to $3.24 last week, AAA said. "As travelers return home from their Thanksgiving holiday getaway, many are paying gas prices that are higher than what they paid before leaving on their road trip," said Ragina C. Averella, a AAA spokeswoman, in a statement.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Fewer Americans are expected to travel long distances for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday than last year, despite the lowest gas prices in years, AAA predicted Wednesday. The driver advocacy organization, which tracks travel across the country, expects about 43.4 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent decline from last year. That's despite gas prices falling to below $3 a gallon in many parts of the country. "Although the economy continues to improve, the sluggish pace of the recovery is dampening the confidence of many consumers," said Christine Delise, a AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman, in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
Average gas prices in Maryland and across the country fell to their lowest level in two years Friday, and are expected to continue dropping through the end of the year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The average price of gas in Maryland was $3.24 a gallon on Friday, the cheapest price since Dec. 28, 2011, the driver services group said. The nationwide average per gallon was $3.21, the lowest since Dec. 21, 2011. Americans have paid more than $3 a gallon for nearly 3 years straight, but AAA expects current downward trends in pricing could continue through the end of the year, bringing averages as low as $3.10, the group said.
NEWS
May 14, 2011
We were told during the eight years of the previous administration that high gas prices were a result of evil, greedy oil companies and the Bush/Cheney ties to that industry. Now we are told that high gas prices are a result of evil, greedy oil companies and the Republican-led Congress. Now there's change we can believe in. Dave Reich, Perry Hall
NEWS
February 29, 2012
I fault President Obama for high gas prices because as the leader of the country he should be in tune with what matters most to American consumers. It is no secret that keeping gas prices low is a top priority, but people are still asking "what does the president have to do with gas prices?" My answer is that, as the nation's leader, he is America's chief advocate to the world, but he and his administration aren't doing enough to meet the needs of the American people. Gregory Thomas Jr.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
A variety of factors are driving gasoline prices down across the state this week - and now the federal shutdown could mean even more relief at the pump. Gas prices have been falling for weeks throughout the region and state, to an average of $3.34 per gallon on Thursday, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. That's compared to $3.38 a week ago, $3.55 a month ago and $3.71 a year ago. On the Eastern Shore on Thursday, prices were as low as $3.19, and comparatively low prices also were reported in the Washington region and in Virginia.
FEATURES
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
Nearly 800,000 Marylanders are expected to travel for the July 4th holiday weekend, about a 1 percent drop from last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. Of that total, 86 percent of those polled said they would be traveling by car, 8 percent are flying and 6 percent are taking the train or a bus. This will be the first holiday motorists will encounter higher tolls on the state's bridges, tunnels and on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. They also will pay a higher tax on gasoline - almost four cents a gallon - effective July 1, said AAA spokeswoman Ragina Cooper Averella.
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