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By Samuel R. Avro on Mar 14, 2012 with 112 responses

Charting the Dramatic Gas Price Rise of the Last Decade

Different Situation, But Prices Are Not Unprecedented

In a previous column, I pointed out that — perhaps surprisingly — the price we’ve been paying for gas lately, compared to 90 years ago, is not as high as people would think — that is, once the rate of inflation is factored in to the equation.  For instance, while motorists may have been paying only $0.25/gallon in 1919, when converting that number to February 2012 dollars, the cost was $3.35/gallon — a mere 6.5 percent cheaper than 2011′s annual average of $3.57/gallon. The chart below shows the price movement (based on February 2012 dollars) from 1919-2011.

gas prices inflation adjusted
Annual gas prices adjusted for inflation 1919-2011. Cost in Feb. 2012 U.S. Dollars.

From the Eve of the New Millennium

However, while it’s true that gas prices today are similar to where they were 90 years ago, if you take a closer look at the above chart you’ll notice that from the 1920′s through the end of the 20th century (except for occasional bumps mostly due to world events) prices were steadily declining. Yet as the 20th century turned into the 21st century, gas prices began to spike at an incredible rate — and this time factoring in the rate of inflation did nothing to smooth out the numbers like they did when comparing the $0.25/gallon in 1919 to the $3.57/gallon in 2011.

The purpose of this exercise is to present the data so people can see where the price spikes occurred just as the earlier data was presented for people to see where it didn’t occur. In order for the data to be as accurate as possible, I’m once again going to use the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate the rate of inflation (some say the CPI is not always the best measure of inflation, but it’s what the U.S. Department of Energy uses).

Average annual gas prices from 1998-2011.

Average cost for a gallon of gas in the U.S. between 1998-2011:


1998 — $1.03
1999 — $1.14
2000 — $1.49


2001 — $1.43
2002 — $1.34
2003 — $1.56
2004 — $1.85
2005 — $2.27
2006 — $2.58
2007 — $2.81
2008 — $3.26


2009 — $2.35
2010 — $2.78
2011 — $3.53

Average annual gas prices climbed from a low of $1.03 in 1998 all the way to $3.53 in 2011 — an astronomical 243 percent rise in under 15 years. By contrast, during this same time period, the Consumer Price Index gained only 38 percent.

Percent Change & Inflation

Gas prices and Consumer Price Index percent change from 1998.

As plotted on the graph above, the rise in gas prices were operating on a completely different plain from the CPI. By 2005, gas prices had jumped 120 percent in the seven years from 1998, while the CPI had climbed just 20 percent. By 2008, gas prices continued to skyrocket, up 217 percent from 1998, while the CPI was up by only 32 percent.

Gas prices and CPI percent change compared to the prior year, from 1999-2011.

Looking at the yearly changes in both CPI and gas prices in the chart above, one can see the contrast of the CPI’s steadiness and the volatility in gas prices. Only one time in the 13 years did gas prices move by less than 5 percent, as opposed to the CPI which never had an even 4 percent change in any of the years.

Conclusion: Chance For a Bumpier Ride Ahead?

The analysis shows that while the current high gas price levels are not unprecedented, there are some signs that we could be shortly headed into unprecedented territory. We have made some runs at that in the past decade, and it may not be long before we have truly entered a new paradigm.

  1. By eromrab on April 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    It might be worth running these same calculations with some of the “other” inflation numbers out there. Many people have been claiming that the CPI is an inadequate measure of inflation and is actually under reporting it. I would be interested in seeing if using their numbers would give a more “stable” gas price to inflation output.

  2. By lewis on July 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    well i think that the prices of petrol has been rising because we are using too much of it and too quickly. we should start using more renewable sources.

  3. By Lee on August 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    in 1919 most americans used horses as transportation. So the average american is now paying more for an item the wealthy used for weekend play , there was no wide distribution of cars or fuel. Gasoline was a biproduct of refining. This chart does not give me comfort.

  4. By paul bowman on September 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Special Interest is what these charts show me. Twisting number to get results you want. A lot of factors go into getting true answers. And isn’t as simple as charts above. 1919 compared to today is apples and oranges. Population being a hugh factor in calulation to get a true answer.

  5. By Dave T on September 17, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Thanks again George W. Bush! The gifts keep on coming.

    • By Frank on October 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Stop blaming bush already.  If you look, the prices rose after 9/11 (obvious reasons here) and then dropped dramatically to a low 1.00 a gallon before Obama was elected.  You treat Bush like the absent kid that gets blamed for everything yet did nothing (not that he was a saint).  If Obama gets 4 more years, is he still going to blame bush?

      • By JoeB on October 2, 2012 at 12:50 am

        Are you even looking at the numbers??  Sorry if the facts don’t agree with the lies Fox News is feeding you, but here they are:

        National ave for 2001 was $1.43. National ave in 2008

        was $3.26. That’s an ≈130% increase under BUSH.

        National ave of 2009 was $2.35. National ave as of yesterday was $3.72. That’s an ≈60% under Obama.



        • By CathalMac on October 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

          By Joeb, Your comparing 8 years of Bush vs 3 1/2 years of Obama thats not going to work you would 8 years of each for a true comparison. On the path Obama is currently going he’ll end up with numbers around the same. And if the gasoline prices were all Bush’s fault, what has the President done to correct it?……….NOTHING!

          • By Jess on October 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

            Cathalmac, how do you know? do you keep track of everything that is going on in the political arena, or are you stuck on gas prices? everyone likes to play the blame game, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that when you take a country from a surplus to a trillion dollar debt in just 8 years, you can’t lay it at the feet of the guy who is trying to clean it up. if you know something that will get the job done overnight, then by all means write your congressman or someone so they can get it to the budget people up there on Capital Hill. 

            • By jeff on October 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

              in case you don’t know, the US President has nothing to do with gas prices, they are set by OPEC

            • By Rob on October 17, 2012 at 12:30 am

              Your buddy Obama sure kept his promise  to lower unemployment to 5.4% ! How bout those food stamps 17,000,000 MORE people on in ‘em in less than 4 years! Oh yea! He added 0! Net jobs in 4 years! Not this fake 5 million number You liberals keep talking about.  Wait and see the landslide in Nov ! Obamanos

            • By dcard88 on October 7, 2014 at 12:26 am

              The number is 9 million more jobs than 5 years ago.

              The posters on this web site are so ignorant.


            • By Joe on January 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

              100% correct. Why doesn’t people look at common sense? You see repubs blame Clinton for all of this because he allowed people get homes. What you don’t think of is that during Bush admin, he was losing a lot of jobs every month and on top of that he was on vaction for the most ever for a president. Bush started two wars on top of that. So he started the debt trap and didn’t take care of business at home. So he balmes Clinton whan he had 8 YEARS IN THE WHIT HOUSE! Don’t even try to lay blame on Obama. I remember when Obama got into office. Not even pasted his first year people were already blaming him. Shows how dumb people are.

        • By spaz on April 19, 2013 at 8:15 am

          All this fighting about this stuff, anyone have any solutions?

      • By George Bush on October 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        You do realize that the whole 9/11 thing is a sac of shit. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but “9/11″ was a manufactured motive to go to war. You see, the president, no president for that matter, has any significant power, that’s just how it’s setup. They are a symbol, representing a country. No president has or ever will have the power to single handedly raise unemployment, raise gas prices, or implement foreign policies. He just signs paper work brought fourth by his advisors and members of congress. This whole government thing is a show, and the President is only a puppet having his strings pulled by the real decision makers. Who those people are? we will never know. So why don’t you just let it go, and live a happy and fulfilling life. 

      • By Barack Obama on November 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        No, but America is going to keep moving  FOWARD!!!

      • By Joe on January 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

        Yeah it was Obama, man you people are dumb.You don’t remember gas prices being very high in Bush’s last year because you remember it being low at the end of that year. Bush = oil guy. Don’t elect oil guys to office. they ruin the country. Bush didnt care about the american people because he was on vacation most of the time. Obama cares more about the american people then most presidents we had. But you fools believe that we were going to get out of this mess in a couple years. Bush nailed us pretty had just look at what happened in his administration. He set the stag for all of this. Obama had no choose but to bail out the banks and car companies. If he didnt you could say america would be a lot worst. No one talks about Bush doing bail outs. Remember that? I guess its ok for him to do bail-outs but Obama its not. Obama made money off those bail-outs.

    • By Rob on October 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Grow up! Your buddy Obama has done so much for you! Get a grip!

  6. By Raul on September 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    It would truly be interesting to compare price per barrel of oil against dollar per gallon  of gasoline. 

    Seems that oil hit $100 barrel in 1998  but gasoline was still under $3.00 a gallon.  ???

  7. By Mark Carrie on October 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hey Joeb using  your logic Obama is only half as bad as Bush. What a moronic view.


  8. By Greg Mason on October 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    While many of you are pointing to presidential administrations as the root cause for volatility of our nation’s gas prices, it is more accurate to state that commodity futures traders really started the roller coaster. Their bets and hedges against supply and demand, global events, regional conflicts affecting delivery of the raw material have had the most dramatic impact of the price of oil. Traders today are still allowed to purchase futures contracts for millions of barrels of oil without having to take delivery of the product. A simple rule that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and NYMEX requiring Oil futures buyers to take delivery would go a long way toward halting the volatility we face today.

    • By Jess on October 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      your major in economics or something? you’re the only one making a sound argument.

      • By Reds2cents on October 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

        Since the U.S. exports more oil than any other nation in the world, and since 60% of oil we import comes from Canada, seems like our issues are importing 100% of our oil we use and not using the oil we export. Thus the oil would only cost us however much it is to drill and to refine since it’s our oil.Yet we import oil and pay inflated charges that very depending on what is or isn’t going on halfway across the world!! It’s like a corn farmer selling all his corn and then going to another farmer to buy corn which cost him twice as much as he just sold his crop for!!

    • By Joe on October 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Finally someone with a little common sense has spoken !

      Thank You

    • By George Bush on October 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      There is a God! Thank You, you took the words right out of my mouth!

    • By Daisytoo on March 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      “Their bets and hedges against supply and demand, global events, regional conflicts affecting delivery of the raw material have had the most dramatic impact of (sic) the price of oil. ”

      And you can say, with a straight face, that Obama’s disastrous meddling in the ME hasn’t affected the price of oil? Wow.

      • By Carter on April 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

        And you can ask that about Obama with a straight face? Who started the meddling in the ME (which I’m assuming you mean Middle East)? Right…that was Bush.

        • By Daisytoo on April 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

          Wrong. For better and worse, the USA has been partnered (aka — developed their oil business) w/Saudi Arabia since the early 1930s.

          Obama’s foreign policy — especially w/re to the ME – is as inept and bumbling as his domestic policies. His every move in the ME (and Egypt) from warring on Libya to threatening war on Syria has done nothing but place Islamists in positions of power — which in turn has further destabilized the already volatile ME. He shows himself the coward he is to the ME tyrants (and Putin too). The man, equipped though he may be as a tin pot dictator, is a failure as POTUS.

          If you for a moment imagine that Obama’s asinine policies in the ME – along w/his continual appeasement of the fringe lunatic environmentalists (e.g. destroying the coal industry, refusing to go ahead on the Keystone Pipeline, catering to the anti-fracking crazies) – hasn’t deleteriously affected oil prices, you are seriously misinformed.

          • By Optimist on April 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

            Daisy, what happened to oil prices when the “brave” W invaded Iraq? 2008, he was still president, right? Oil prices almost hit $150/bbl. Please explain how the Liberal Media, or whatever force of darkness you like to blame made that happen.

            When it comes to oil prices, Obama, like W, is mostly a spectator. True his policies will affect oil prices… years after he’s left office.

            As for the coal industry, it’s the cheap fracking gas,that’s destroying it. Obama may or may not hate the coal industry – he’s too harmless to do it much damage or good either way…

            • By Daisytoo on April 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm

              Obama is harmless?!!! Get real – he has destroyed the coal industry – exactly as he promised he would.
              Speaking of reality, in 2008 Venezuela cut off oil sales to Exxon-Moblie during a Venezuelan (see: Marxist) legal struggle to nationalize the companies properties there. Iraqi production was affected by the (legitimate) war and then there were the terrorists who blew up the main oil export lines in Iraq. Exxon had to deal w/strikes in Nigeria and Scotland and major Mexican oil fields became depleted. But go ahead, and act like your false messiah: Blame Bush.

            • By Optimist on April 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

              Just for the record: I prefer a Messiah that offers more than mostly harmless.

              You, on the other hand seem to go to some extreme not to use the name Bush in vain. Get over it. The guy is a minor president, just like his immediate predecessor and successor. The disturbing thing is all three won reelection. How did that happen?!?

              The commies screwed up everything they touched, but this is the first time I’ve heard someone blame them for $150/bbl…

            • By Douglas Card on October 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

              Destroyed the coal industry? So no coal is being burned today? You are one sick puppy. Get some help dude.

            • By mike bell on October 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

              The Republicans jacked the country up starting with Reagan. They falsely claim they are against raising taxes while every single one of them has raised taxes particularly on the lower and middle income population. They all have destroyed small business by letting corporate America run the country. They allow corporate monopolies and corporate fraud. They allowed the big investment banks to screw the world economy up with no repercussions. I could go on and on but quite frankly Obama has done very well in spite of all the crap Bush and his criminal gang left for him to clean up.

            • By Paul Maxwell on November 20, 2016 at 3:10 am

              Reagan didnt screw up our economy everyone AFTER him did. Mostly the two Bush brothers.

            • By Caddy Jim on March 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm

              You Have NO Idea What Your Talking About Sounds Like Your Misinformed By The Likes Of FOX News & Talk Radio. As I Was Raised In A Republican Family Turned INDEPENDENT BUSH Has Been The Worst President Of My Life. When Bush & Cheney Took Office (Two Oil Men) Gas Was Around A $1 A Gal & By The Tie They Left Gas Was Around $4 Gal. m Not A Big Fan Of Obama But To Call Him Weak & Blame Him For The Problems In The ME That Have Grown Out Of The Disastrous & Unnecessary WAR In IRAQ. Which While Never As Hot Cost More Than The Vietnam WAR Impart Due To The Privatization Of Much Of The Military Where We Now Have High Dollar Contractors Doing Jobs The Military Use To Due Cheaper With Greater Outcomes. This Makes It Easier To Go To War With Less Solders & Stay At War Since They Are Not Counted In The Military Death Toll. Also Just Like Not Showing The Returning Flag Covered Coffins Along With All The Reasons A Military Death Is Classified A War Casualties The True IRAQ Death Toll.

            • By Paul Maxwell on November 20, 2016 at 3:12 am

              wrong bro the chart above is correct as a national average. Here are the average prices during the bush years as CORRECTLY listed above. i fact checked even though i didnt need to since i was at the gas pump every week those years.
              BUSH YEARS
              2001 — $1.43
              2002 — $1.34
              2003 — $1.56
              2004 — $1.85
              2005 — $2.27
              2006 — $2.58
              2007 — $2.81
              2008 — $3.26

            • By dcard88 on November 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

              FAct check all you want, but that doesn’t change my paying over 4.50 a gallon for Regular more than once early 2008

            • By William David Bland on May 23, 2018 at 7:10 am

              This chart is not completely accurate. They took the lowest prices from the years depending on who they wanted to make look good. Everyone in the U.S. of driving age knows that gas was 4$ a gallon when Bush left office. This is an attempt to rewrite history. Gas was not 3.53 when Obama left office. Maybe in some of the higher markets but not on a national average. Gas has been steadily going up since Trump got into office and it is not 3.53 now.

            • By Caddy Jim on March 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm

              While Congress Raises Stopped When OBAMA Took Office Like The First 6 Years Of The Clinton Administration To Help Balance Budgets. Under Bush Congress Gave Themselves Nearly A $3,500 Yearly Raise Who Now (Make Taxpayers Pay) Them $174,000+ A Year Plus Lush Retirement Pensions & Millions In Allowance For (Travel, Staff, Furniture, Ect.) On Top Of All Their Other GOODIES…
              These PPL Are Against Workers & Unions, When Congress Itself Is A “SUPER UNION” Where They Decide How Much They Will Be Paid (WE Taxpayers Have To Pay Them) & How Much Or Really How Little They Work & When They Are In Session They Don’t Get Anything Done…
              The 21st Century US Congress Is One Of The Richest In History. A Majority Are Not Just Millionaires But Many Are Worth $10′s Of Millions & Some Even $100′s Of Millions. So All They Care About Is Getting Reelected & Themselves, Friends. Family & Donors NOT Their Constituents/Voters. The US Congress (OF THE RICH,BY THE RICH, FOR THE RICH)…

              INFO: Conservatives Aren’t Who They Claim to Be…
              Congress Pay & Raises
              Under Reagan $30,000 In Raises
              Under BUSH Sr $35,000 In Raises
              Under Clinton $3,000 In Raises
              Under BUSH Jr $29,000 In Raises But Did Voted Against Their Own Raise In 2007
              2000=$141,000-2008=$170,000 Do To The Financial Collapse “They” Helped Cause
              Under Obama $0.00 In Raises So Far?
              2009=$174,000-2015=$174,000 ?2016?

              Update: Since Midterm Elections & The GOP Took Over All Of Congress I’m Sure the Raises Will Start Again & OBAMA Will Sign Them Along With Something Else To Get Stuff Done…

            • By Paul Maxwell on November 20, 2016 at 3:08 am

              yeah and the only congress to turn down a raise in my lifetime (i’m a little old. enough said about that ha ha) was the republican congress in Clintons second term.

            • By Bill Brown on October 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

              $150 a barrel for 4 months. The avg gas price during 8 years of Bush was $2.14. I think average Americans would rather pay what they did under Bush than what they’ve paid under Obama

            • By Optimist on October 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm

              On the contrary, I suspect most Americans would prefer gas prices that do not fluctuate as much as they did in 2008. Cheap is the next preferred option. Cheap is gone, unfortunately: Welcome to the middle class, China. Be sure to leave room for India.

              As I said before, when it comes to oil prices POTUS is a spectator, much like yourself. Partisans don’t want to hear it, but reality doesn’t bow to feverishly held myths.

            • By Bill Brown on October 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

              They fluctuated wildly in 2008. That’s an outlier.

            • By Andrew on October 17, 2014 at 7:15 am

              The smartest post here yet.

              What I find embarrassing about this conversation is not the argument around whether POTUS has an impact on prices (a very indirect and fuzzy one), it’s that most Americans have yet to realise one thing: America’s impact on spot crude prices is less and less important.

              In the last week China has sneezed, and now the crude prices have collapsed. What did the US have to do with that? Not a damn thing.

            • By Paul Maxwell on November 20, 2016 at 3:01 am

              china pays far more in gas than americans. the whole world does. we only enjoy it at much lower prices because we buy in much larger quantities than anyone else. the well owners have the greatist influence on prices by controlling production. Like during the war. the purposely drove the prices up by drastically reducing production. thats what has the biggest influence on prices. how much they are prducing

            • By Reds2cents on October 28, 2014 at 12:18 am

              Unless we find another country to invade for their 14 trillion dollars in oil reserves like Afghanistan then that wont happen. Yet 60% of the oil we use comes from Canada which is far from the ME. Guess Hunter Bidden becoming chair of Burisma Holdings(who own 90% of oil reserves in eastern Ukraine and Crimea) didn’t make oil cheaper for us, especially after Crimea decided not to stay with Ukraine. Guess Crimea thought they were going to get U.S. Foreign Aid like those who annexed themselves from Yugoslavia.

            • By Guest on December 30, 2014 at 8:11 am

              the REASON for the hike in prices might have been the WAR which bush started? Do you think?

            • By Chad1963 on March 15, 2015 at 11:20 am

              Did Bush start the war? “The order prepared American troops to become part of an international coalition…”

            • By William David Bland on May 23, 2018 at 7:02 am

              manipulating math. Using the average is misleading. The average is low because the gas prices bush started with were low and it took him almost 8 years of driving up the prices for gas to hit almost 4$ a gallon. The accurate prices for Bush are what he left us with not what he started with.

          • By dcard88 on September 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

            Destroying the coal ‘industry’. lol Yes its totally destroyed.

            • By Bill Brown on October 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

              I mmmmm

            • By dcard88 on October 7, 2014 at 12:24 am

              HE said destroyed – several times – but what was your point? I didn’t say he said destroyed until now.

            • By Bill Brown on October 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

              You’re right and I caught after the fact. That’s why I edited my comment. However he was speaking figuratively when he was espousing his hyperbole. His point is well taken though

            • By dcard88 on October 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

              Bill – There is ZERO question that by far the worst pro9blem for coal is long term, meaning we are now at 99% of Active Climate Scientist that agree humans are causing the excess warming. The issue for the last few years for coal is CHEAP GAS, not Obama or ANY liberal policies (except the regulations insisting on the scrubber upgrades that will cause a few facilities to shut down in the next few years. Anyone who lives within 10 miles of a plant would be happy about this). This has nothing to do with miners. Suggesting that coal has been destroyed is way past ridiculous. Once again, Cons are the masters of delusion.

            • By Bill Brown on October 10, 2014 at 1:07 am

              Actually it’s 97%, but I digress. I see that you fall for that 97 or 99% scam too. What a shame.

            • By dcard88 on October 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

              Actually its 99.9% and you don’t know what you’re talking about. The key word is ACTIVE. Google it and see if you can find a single article or paper written by a climate scientist in the last 20 months that supports your non argument. oops

            • By Bill Brown on October 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

              If you find 99.9% of people agreeing on something, you’re naive. Ooooops

            • By dcard88 on October 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

              What percent of Scientist think the world is not flat? What percent of Americans believe the Sun is just one of many stars in the sky? You are not a very smart person, but at least you don’t know much.

            • By Bill Brown on October 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

              None of those issues involved massive monetary gain via political involvement.
              I believe in science that isn’t political. Thank you Al Gore.

            • By dcard88 on October 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

              Wow Bill. Go back to school and take history or read a book. Do you really think it is remotely possible that “those issues” did not involve HUGE amounts of money? How do you think the Cahtolic church got richer than Gates if not by ‘managing ideas’ ?

            • By Bill Brown on October 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

              You took the bait. You’ve admitted that AGW is about the money for the church of climatology. Thx. Game over and thanks for playing.

            • By dcard88 on October 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

              Al Gore has almost nothing to do with Climate Science. He is not and has never suggested he is a Scientist, so anything that has to do with scientific evidence has nothing to do with Gore.
              The 97% consensus has been accurate for the last 2 decades and you guys who don’t care just make up bs and think people who pay attention will believe your crap. How can you believe something with ZERO evidence to back it up? Oh, that’s right, religion.

            • By Bill Brown on October 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

              Perhaps you can point out where I said Gore was a scientist.

            • By NJRichie on October 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

              Maybe you could show concrete evidence to the contrary? All I see from your supposed 99.9% is conjecture and correlation….no definitive causation. I’m sorry but that is not science it’s statistical analysis. We’ve been shown many times in the past how statistical data can be purposely or accidentally skewed. And NOBODY considers the idea that there might be multiple contributing factors…..yes one of them could be us…but it could also be a normal cycle…or it could be a combination. People are so polarized on their “opinions” that nobody knows what to think. For every study that implies man as a cause I can find a study that implies natural climate cycles as the cause. You deride those who oppose your point of view, but your view is just as clouded as everyone else’s. Your point of view is just that. nothing more. It doesn’t mean you are right because you are louder or more arrogant.

            • By dcard88 on October 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

              For every study that implies man as a cause I can find a study that implies natural climate cycles as the cause”
              LOL!!! Good luck providing a link to a SINGLE study in the last 3 decades that suggest warming has not increased well past the boundaries of nature. How can we not “deride” you deniers when you prove yourselves to be clueless every time you post. I, on the other hand, did not make up the 99% figure. Feel free to explain how my point of view is clouded even in the very slightest way – it is NOT. If you would just read in stead of posting, maybe you wouldn’t remain so ignorant.

            • By NJRichie on October 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

              Thank you for your narrow minded validation of my previous comment.

            • By dcard88 on October 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm

              You are welcome. Happy to educate where possible. In the case of most deniers – not possible. Guess that makes me a fool for trying. Maybe you could remember this in 5 or at most 10 years when everything you believe is proved wrong.

            • By dcard88 on October 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm

              Percentage of working climate scientists who reject man-made global warming. According to research by the geologist James Lawrence Powell, among 9,136 scientists who published a combined 2,258 peer-reviewed climate articles between November 2012 and December 2013, just one person rejected the idea that humans are changing Earth’s climate. Another review looked at 4,000 peer-reviewed papers on climate change and found that a full 97 percent identified humans as the cause.

            • By Bill Brown on October 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

              Have you read the TWO questions that were asked of 10,500 scientists? They are worthy of the man on the street, not intellectual minds. 75 out of 77 (97%) climatologists answered. A total of 35% even bothered to answer this survey.

              This isn’t my first rodeo with the AGW cultists, so you can save your energy posting repetitive drivel.
              I’ve heard it all before. If you can’t incorporate common sense, what good is intelligence?

            • By dcard88 on October 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

              Then you shouldn’t be involved in discussing anything that requires common sense. Exactly who have you talked to that is a ‘cultist’ and why would you think I am one? You are the one who believes whatever you want to believe. I have NEVER and will never believe bs. EVER. That’s easy for me to say since in a million years you can’t name something I would NOT change my opinion on with different FACTS.

            • By dcard88 on October 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

              Percent of pear reviewed studies EVER done to investigate climate that suggest no warming issue – ZERO (out of about a thousand done in the last 35 to 40 years)

            • By Bill Brown on October 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

              Pear or peer? Scientists are like anyone else. They are looking out for their own self interests. I don’t blame them. I don’t believe it’s a conspiracy, but it is self-preservation and ego.

            • By Paul Maxwell on November 20, 2016 at 3:15 am

              your joking right? go to southern ohip where all the coal miners are out of a job tell them its not destroyed

            • By dcard88 on November 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

              This must be an error, because only an idiot woud post something 2 years later, but I am NOT joling and they will NEVER find a job in coal again. It will be gone in 20 years. About a decade too late to save the coastal cities.

            • By Konnect Life on September 4, 2018 at 12:49 am

              Regardless of much of what you said earlier, a lot of the credibility you had to the average reader was lost when you came to the conclusion that someone was an “idiot” based purely on the fact that they posted something some years later. This will make many people question if this is how you always reach your conclusions and automatically question most of what you say. Unfortunately, since most average readers wont be interested enough to use their personal time for fact checking or researching, the average reader will just assume you’re wrong, regardless of whether or not you’re right, because all they know for a fact at this point is you call people an idiot for simply posting somewhere online years later.

              And lastly, I guess we have 1 to 6 years left to find out if NJRichie’s beliefs are wrong lol.

              I might just become an idiot and check in a few years to see who wins this argument and maybe post something as well!

              Until next time, ….. have fun!

            • By dcard88 on September 4, 2018 at 1:23 am

              If a point is to be made about FF, it must be made based on the inclusion of recent information, or it is completely worthless. You are also an idiot for thinking I care about your silly ideas about what occurred years ago. Coal is down what percent since that post? 20%? Are you ignorant enough to think coal is going to be increased by 2020? lol

              It doesn’t matter anyway, because FF will be too expensive to compete after about 2025. Especially for electricity generation or transportation

          • By Douglas Card on October 7, 2014 at 12:18 am

            I would rather ne misinformed than completely delusional and clueless about anything that comes out of your mind.

          • By Chris Thompson on December 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

            That fact the you use stopping the Keystone Pipeline as an example of things he did wrong only shows us how little you know about the proposed economic impact of that project. People continue to see this project as some sort of job creator and it’s not.

            Q. What are the arguments in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline?

            A. The pipeline would be a job creator, although most of those jobs would be temporary. The State Department environmental review estimated that Keystone would support 42,000 temporary jobs over its two-year construction period — about 3,900 of them in construction, the rest in indirect support jobs, such as food service. It estimated that it would create about 35 permanent jobs.

            And anyone that tries to convince me that the stuttering, inept Bush Jr. somehow was able to foster a positive relationship with anyone in the Middle East has their work cut out for them. Bush Jr. was nothing more than a figurehead that wasted 8 years of time sitting in a position of power he never had the mental fortitude or intelligence to command. Show me an interview or a newsreel or an article that plainly shows Bush Jr. doing something credible and worthwhile and I’ll be surprised.

          • By Caddy Jim on March 19, 2015 at 9:46 pm

            You Either Have Short Term Memory Or Selective Memory. Its Easy To Call Obama “Weak” f You Don’t Know How Power Rally Works Or You Only Think Actually Using The Military Is The Only Way To Be Strong Or Tuff. That Being Said Remember The Clinton Administration Was In Nuclear Negotiations With N Korea & Even Got The To Destroy Some Of Its Facilities To Only Have BUSH Come Into Office & Walk Away Fro The Talks Sighting Iraq Was The US Biggest Threat. So Other Than Adding N Korea To The Axes Of Evil List In The SOTUS Bush Did Nothing & N Korea Became A Nuclear Power Under Bush. Second While Bush Was Running Around Invading Countries (You Know Being Strong) Taking Resources & Focus Off Of Afghanistan & Other Possible Problem Areas Like Oh I Don’t Know The Horn Of Africa Leading To The Rise In Pirates Or “Putin’s INVASION Of The Country Georgia Where He Annexed Parts Of It That He Still Controls Today & Bush Did Nothing. At Lease Obama Put Sanctions On Putin & Then Got Much Of Europe To Join In The Increased Sanctions. Which Was Hard To Do Since They Like So Many Other US Allies Depend On The US More & More. Because While They Continued To Cut Their Military’s Since The End Of The Cold War The US Continues To Pick Up The Slack By Continuing To Increase Its Defense Budget. Where WE Now Spend MORE Than The Next Dozen TOP Military Spenders.

          • By Donald on October 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm

            You don’t think that our invasion of Iraq had anything to do with that? You obviously hate everything about Obama so I really don’t think you’re even close to having an objective stance. And the Libya thing wasn’t a US invasion. Unlike his predecessor Obama didn’t give the middle finger to the world and do whatever the hell he wanted to.

            • By Daisytoo on October 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm

              Obama has done nothing But give his middle finger to the civilized world. But you’re right about one thing: I absolutely abhor his character and his destructive polices.

            • By Donald on October 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm

              What has Obama done to “give his middle finger to the civilized world”? Which of his policies have been “destructive”? I haven’t seen any evidence that anything he’s done has been destructive. I’m critical of Obama for not going far enough. Do you have any legitimate information to share to support anything you say or is it because he’s a “Muslim/Kenyan/Communist/Socialist/otherwordsyoudon’tknow”?

        • By Sylvester_Web on February 5, 2015 at 1:36 am

          Nope. There was history happing before you were born. Daisytoo has some great facts to look at. Those things usually hidden in devices called books.

        • By BDW on January 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm


      • By bobby on October 20, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        I started to ask, were you, when bush and cheney went into iraqi.but we all know were your head was.up your ass.instead of you thanking this president for get this country almost back to the clinton years without the help of you, and your racist republiKKKan party.because all you see is a black man.which you hated from the cradle.

      • By Reds2cents on October 27, 2014 at 11:58 pm

        The price of gas in the US has gone down since ISIS started selling barrels of oil at discount prices to someone! Seems ISIS provided us with more than just a reason to bomb(and eventually invade) Syria!!

      • By GoKings4 on December 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        So, I guess if Obama’s responsible for the price of oil, then he must be responsible for me filling up at $2.35 per gallon today. Thanks Obama! During the Bush years, gas just went up and up every year.Every year. Never down. Thanks Obama!

      • By Caddy Jim on March 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        Yes Wall Street Betting On Oil Futures Has A Great Unnecessary Effect On he Price Of Oil & Gas Rather Than It Be Just On (Product & Demand). But Even Worse Is The Way So Many PPL From Politicians To Some Of The American Voters Look At Everything Through Partisan Eyes. This Leads To The Spread Of Misinformation & All Together Just Makes Things Harder To Understand & Even Harder To Solve Some Of The Problems.
        This Brings Up The Cause Of Many Of Todays Problems &/Or Preventing Fixing Them. & That’s This NEW 21st Century Farr Right Republican Party & The 2010+GOP Un-American Plan. This Hurts “Fellow Americans, The Economy & The Country Overall. Where They Have Continued To STOP All Progress. Because They Know The Average American Will Credit The President If Things Are Going GOOD Or BAD Which Use To Be Ok These NEW Republicans This Plan. From Blocking Every JOBS Bill Along With Stopping & Blocking All Investment Specially In Public Jobs Where Government Has The Most Influence & Has Always Gone Up During A Recovery With Either Party In Control Until Today. Like Building/Fixing Infrastructure & Construction (Bridges, Dams, Roads, Ect.) If That Wasn’t Bad Enough They Have Been Cutting Public Jobs. Which Are Not The High Dollar Politicians Most Think Of When WE Hear Government Employees Ect. Like In Congress Who WE Hard Working Taxpayers Pay Them $174,000+ But In Fact Are (Firefighters, Teachers, Police Ect.) “ECONOMY 101″ These Are Still Jobs & With More PPL Working That Not Only More PPL Paying Taxes But Also Less PPL On Gov. Social Programs Like (Unemployment, Food Stamps, Ect.) These Jobs Also Put Money In Their Pocket To Spend Which Helps The Private Sector & The Economy.
        Lastly Just Remember Without BUSH’s Public Jobs Investment (Most Of Which Was Fro Military Investment Which Has A Low Return On Investment) The BUSH Administration Would Have Had A Negative Job Creation.

  9. By Tina on November 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Why is the president opposed to off shore drilling, but will purchase oil from other countries that do?  Common sense won’t help in trying to figure that one out.

  10. By Joe madden on January 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Back in 1919 demand wasn’t high. Today demand is high yet prices go up. That tells you its price gouging. For many years we follow supply and demand on anything in the world but how is gas different? Its different because these scum oil companies are getting away with crimes. No matter how you spin it, gas should be regulated but criminals keep getting away with billion upon billions in profits. How can you say we aren’t raising the price of gas that we need the money when every year these oil companies make so much money. Well the government thinks we are stupid and tell us certain things and we believe it. Don’t believe all the crap they tell you the reason why gas is up. Its plain old price gouging.

    • By Alex on January 16, 2013 at 12:29 am

      When demand goes up, generally prices go up. Either you’re using skewed logic or you made a typo.

  11. By Jordan on June 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I hope everyone here realizes that the president has absolutely zero control over the price of gasoline

  12. By Savvycat on August 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    There’s a logical fallacy to this as it doesn’t show the wild trends. In 2007 and 2008, gas swung wildly up over $5.00 a gallon. The first wild swing the airlines instituted a fuel surcharge. When it backed down, the riches they enjoyed had to be given back. On the next swing, the one that went over $5, they came up with the baggage fee. I remember saying to my boss at the time that they did it so they didn’t have to take it back when the price came back down. Sure enough, baggage fees are now the norm.

    For them to try to tie this to administration without acknowledging the record highs and lows during the period is factually, intellectually, and journalistically dishonest. The fact remains that the president has zero to do with gas prices, and people like Michele Bachmann who said she could bring them back down to $2 is an outright, bald-faced lie.

  13. By zestyguy87 on October 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

    all spoken in these blogs like true republicans….

  14. By Diana on December 25, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I compared the largest gas prices spikes with events that happened in those years. IN 2005 there was a 1 dollar raise and that was to pay for Hurricane Katrina which was the most costly hurricane in US history. In 2008 bush bailed out the banking industry for a total of 700 billion. That was a 1.50 gas price hick and that was when gas went past 4 a gallon.

  15. By Bart DeRemer on June 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    In july of 2008 oil hit $145.39, gas avg went up $0.42, oil has since beem hanging around at $90 range with occasional dip into 80s and jumps over 100 but fas keeps going up even at oil prices the same when gas was under $2.50.

    • By Konnect Life on September 4, 2018 at 1:01 am

      Once you see how much the general public is willing to pay, why lower prices again? Why change what’s working? Not taking their side, but if I were in that business and discovered a “loophole” to earn more money and people were willing to just pay it, then…. why would I be the nice guy and try to change anything and sacrifice my extra income for a bunch of strangers who don’t care about and wouldn’t do the same for me, especially if nothing is forcing me to have to change anything? The nice guy doesn’t work in dating, and it surely doesn’t get you far in the business / financial world either.

      Oil goes up, gas goes up. Oil goes back down, but now they know what people are willing to pay, and that most are confused about or ignorant to what’s happening, and they know no one will do much other than believe whatever they’re told and complain, so gas stays up and somebody is enjoying the benefits! …And I’m sure they’re just going to keep subtly messing around to see how far they can go!

  16. By Leon Puissegur on September 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Guess what people, the United States could produce its own fuel, gasoline and any other oil product without using a single drop from any other country! Our nation has over 3 TRILLION barrels of oil with at least half of that recoverable, yet Obama will not allow that to be drilled! Now we would also need about 100 more refineries to refine this oil which would make the United States totally independent of any nation with our Own oil! But once again, Obama and his “gifted” ones in the EPA will not allow this just so they can have their little wind and solar renewable energy! Both which could never be equal to just one natural gas fired plant! To give a quick comparison, one Natural Gas fired plant taking up just about 20 acres can provide energy to some 5 million homes, while winds mills would take up maybe several square miles to produce just half of that and solar would take about 3 times that amount of space to equal one natural Gas fired generating plant! Now with this in mind, it is very real that natural gas of which the united States has over 600 years of supplies, would be the most efficient and less environmentally obstructive power!

    • By 10AE on September 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      The oil companies have said for years they have no plans to build new refineries.
      It would be utterly foolish and shortsighted to use up our reserves of oil first.

  17. By Mermaid on October 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Aside from turning this into a political discussion, for years we were spoiled by the gasoline prices which were cheap in comparison to the cost in other countries when I traveled abroad. Seeing prices of upwards of $2.00 a liter (over $8.00 a gallon) was common. But that was a fact of life overseas, not the fault of their past or present heads of state. Is everything that is posted on the Internet fodder for the Liberal/Conservative antagonism? No one man has the powers many of you claim. There are many economic, social, nature-related factors at work.

  18. By Reds2cents on October 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I’m wondering how it is possible after the economic crash of 2008 that in 2009 the US dollar actually increased in value? So what cost $100 in 2008 was only $99.64 in 2009. Seems the exact opposite of what normally happens when the market crashes. It seems the Fed forgot Nixon took us off the gold standard and made arrangements for all oil to be sold in Dollars, so inflation should match oil price increases and decreases each year since. Just shows the Fed is pulling inflation rates out of their asses!

  19. By 2fab4u on October 30, 2014 at 12:29 am


  20. By 2fab4u on October 30, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Gas is just getting 2 expensive lately u kno

  21. By John Nowak on November 7, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Gas prices went up from $1.43 in 2000 to $3.26 in 2008, up $1.83 a gallon while Bush was in office. gas is now $3.17 in San Diego and under $3.00 a gallon elsewhere in the country. You do the math. Under which administration did it go up under the most?

  22. By Oni on December 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    It’s fun looking back on fairly recent articles and despite seeming very reasonable, you see how wrong they are in retrospect.
    Even funnier is people blaming the president for oil increases here up until just 2 months ago.

    Oil is crashing, crashing, crashing…

  23. By joedriver on December 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

    So Dec 2014 blows this out of the water…

    • By Robert Rapier on December 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

      I didn’t write this article, but current gas prices don’t change historical gas prices. There *was* a dramatic gas price rise. We could have also said in Dec 2008 that it was blown out of the water if we just base it on prices at the current moment in time.

  24. By Tom Menczel on January 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    ok….. i see your price says $3.00 a gal but up in Canada it was and still is $5.00+.. a gal.. so.. it is still around $4.50 a gal up here in Canada and the math don`t add up basically they can put what ever price they want on it…. it seems suspicious
    like we are in charge we can do just that charge what we want.

  25. By Johneeeee on February 5, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Cheney…Halliburton…ME Contracts…SUVs and Hum Vee gas hogs

  26. By Chuck Gladfelter on February 12, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Why do I feel like my feet are being pissed on yet I’m told it’s raining.

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