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Three weeks ago here it was $3.29 for regular. About a week and a half ago it bumped up to $3.89. Today it went up to $4.25.

I last week filled my car with premium for $4.49. Kinda' dreading what it will be next time I fill up but I'm not going to complain. My part of the effort to spit in Putin's eye.
 

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We made the national headlines the other day when our statewide average topped $5 USD a gallon for the week preceding. Made for a rather pricey weekend getaway for my guy and me, but I'm not really complaining. I've seen the damage petroleum extraction does; it should be expensive.

Funny how a shortage in a market we don't really participate in affects our gas prices seemingly as much as if it were our own pipelines being bombed. Overheard an old-timer at the coffeeshop this morning expounding on how this was all Biden's fault for not "standing up to Putin"; how this would have made our gasoline cheaper was less than clear to me! :LOL:
 

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It's gone up significantly where we're at too, but this idea that it's expensive is overblown. It does cost more money than it did before, but that happens from time to time. We might be spending 20 - 30 more dollars per month, which really isn't that much.

In Canada we're so used to the prices being low, low, and so consistently, that it's a shock for some people, but the media is definitely contributing to people's perception that prices are sky-rocketing. Once prices start topping 3 or 4 dollars per litre then there might be some reason for concern.
 

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Prices have gone up here, and there was a bit of sticker shock when I filled up yesterday, but the actual impact?

Filling up yesterday cost a whole $2.01 more than it did 2 weeks ago. I think I can survive.
 

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We made the national headlines the other day when our statewide average topped $5 USD a gallon for the week preceding. Made for a rather pricey weekend getaway for my guy and me, but I'm not really complaining. I've seen the damage petroleum extraction does; it should be expensive.

Funny how a shortage in a market we don't really participate in affects our gas prices seemingly as much as if it were our own pipelines being bombed. Overheard an old-timer at the coffeeshop this morning expounding on how this was all Biden's fault for not "standing up to Putin"; how this would have made our gasoline cheaper was less than clear to me! :LOL:
I'm starting to see $6/gal pretty regularly in the Sunnyvale/Mountain View/Palo Alto area. Generally, that's for the high octane gas at the name brand gas stations, though. The way things are going we'll be seeing $10 gallon by the end of the year!
 

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I'm starting to see $6/gal pretty regularly in the Sunnyvale/Mountain View/Palo Alto area. Generally, that's for the high octane gas at the name brand gas stations, though. The way things are going we'll be seeing $10 gallon by the end of the year!
Yes, I'm glad I'm still working remote. If gas prices are still looking like this when I'm commuting out to Modesto on the daily again, uh.... hm. Well! Hm.
 

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I traveled across country in ‘08 during a time of high gas prices. I remember stopping at a Shell in Lee Vining to see gas over five dollars a gallon. Checking it today, it’s $6.30 or so says google maps.

This winter I’ve become disciplined about consolidating grocery and home store runs so I’m only going out once every four days. No more country cruises to the further away Lowe’s.
 

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I saw an oil industry expert on one of the talking head news program who said we should expect to see gas over $6/g nationwide soon.
 

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I think it was about 3.50 this weekend, but we only fill up our car about once a month. Having a hybrid and being retired keeps us from using much gas. We only drive the gas guzzler about once a week for a short trip.
 

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I will not be hauling my cutting horse to any regional shows this year. There are 2-3 shows scheduled locally that will be virtually walking/ riding distance (5-6 miles), so we will content ourselves with those. We’re both old and I’m weary (unlike my horse) and I see no need to spend the hundreds of extra dollars it costs to drag a horse trailer all over hell and back - especially if it’s going to be around a buck a mile just for gas! I used to joke about making gas money when we’d win a class, but now it’s no joke.
 

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I traveled across country in ‘08 during a time of high gas prices. I remember stopping at a Shell in Lee Vining to see gas over five dollars a gallon. Checking it today, it’s $6.30 or so says google maps.

This winter I’ve become disciplined about consolidating grocery and home store runs so I’m only going out once every four days. No more country cruises to the further away Lowe’s.
Back in the '90's I used to do a lot of rock climbing and camping in Yosemite, with occasional trips over Tioga Pass to the Owens Valley and the Bishop area for more adventures. I always remember that gas station in Lee Vining at the base of TP giving me and my friends a bit of sticker shock. It was the first station I ever saw where gas was selling for over $2.00/gallon. We were floored when we saw that. What a scam, we thought. Gawd, to have that price of gas again...
 

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$3.70ish around NE Ohio. Last time this high right by the Great Recession, I think. Back then I had the Honda Insight and scoffed. Don't scoff as much these days, but I don't drive around all that much.
 

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I traveled across country in ‘08 during a time of high gas prices. I remember stopping at a Shell in Lee Vining to see gas over five dollars a gallon. Checking it today, it’s $6.30 or so says google maps.

This winter I’ve become disciplined about consolidating grocery and home store runs so I’m only going out once every four days. No more country cruises to the further away Lowe’s.
It's always expensive in Lee Vining, but on the plus side, they've got the Whoa Nellie Deli, so all is forgiven.
 

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I remember walking to school in the 70's during the Gas Crunch. Passed a gas station with a sign out front, "Gas 17c/gallon." Cars were lined up around the block.

Going home that afternoon, the same station's sign was 'Gas 71c/gallon. Help wanted.'
 

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I traveled across country in ‘08 during a time of high gas prices. I remember stopping at a Shell in Lee Vining to see gas over five dollars a gallon. Checking it today, it’s $6.30 or so says google maps.

This winter I’ve become disciplined about consolidating grocery and home store runs so I’m only going out once every four days. No more country cruises to the further away Lowe’s.
It's always expensive in Lee Vining, but on the plus side, they've got the Whoa Nellie Deli, so all is forgiven.
Is that the restaurant that is part gas station, and they have offbeat menu items, like bison burgers and such?
 

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I traveled across country in ‘08 during a time of high gas prices. I remember stopping at a Shell in Lee Vining to see gas over five dollars a gallon. Checking it today, it’s $6.30 or so says google maps.

This winter I’ve become disciplined about consolidating grocery and home store runs so I’m only going out once every four days. No more country cruises to the further away Lowe’s.
It's always expensive in Lee Vining, but on the plus side, they've got the Whoa Nellie Deli, so all is forgiven.
Is that the restaurant that is part gas station, and they have offbeat menu items, like bison burgers and such?
Righto. Great place. Good food, nice view of the lake.

Geez, I hope they survived the pandemic, I haven't been over there since things went pear shaped. Google says "temporarily closed", but hopefully that's for snow.
 

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I traveled across country in ‘08 during a time of high gas prices. I remember stopping at a Shell in Lee Vining to see gas over five dollars a gallon. Checking it today, it’s $6.30 or so says google maps.

This winter I’ve become disciplined about consolidating grocery and home store runs so I’m only going out once every four days. No more country cruises to the further away Lowe’s.
It's always expensive in Lee Vining, but on the plus side, they've got the Whoa Nellie Deli, so all is forgiven.
Is that the restaurant that is part gas station, and they have offbeat menu items, like bison burgers and such?
Righto. Great place. Good food, nice view of the lake.
Thought so. I ate there once with a couple of friends on the way to climb Mt Whitney back in 2007. I was a little taken aback initially when they said we were going to eat a gas station for dinner, but it didn't disappoint. I think I did have bison.
 

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My conservative BiL and his wife do blame Biden.
 

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My local congressman (Democrat) is proposing a halt to the state 18c gas tax for the rest of the year.
 

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Orlando Florida Last week Average $3.19 Monday $4.19 I predict by Friday 4.75 and next Monday $5.19 (peek).

Edit: Per Gallon
 

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Queensland used to be on a par with Texas for having the lowest price at the pump in the developed world, but then the High Court ruled in 1997 that excise could only be raised by the federal government, according to Section 90 of the constitution.

NSW and Vic successfully lobbied for the Commonwealth to impose a nationwide excise to replace their now unlawful levies, and to funnel that money back to the state governments; Queensland then provided a subsidy to retailers to make up the difference, but this was frozen at 8.354c/l, and was then removed entirely in 2009, ending the price difference that used to apply at the border.

I can still remember seeing servos in Northern NSW advertising 'fuel at Queensland prices'; The constitution prohibits restrictions on trade across state borders, so before 1997, the Northern NSW servos bought their fuel from the Brisbane refineries, to avoid the NSW levy.

I was astonished the first time I fuelled up in Brisbane, around 1994, at 59.9c/l, which was about 27p - at a time when UK forecourts were charging around 50p/l.
 

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Saw a $4.59. Costco gas lines were insane, took about two minutes to get to a parking space to go pick up a chicken.
 

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Gas is only about 4 bucks a gallon here, at least that's what it was yesterday. Some stations were less than 4 and some were slightly over 4. Kemp wants to eliminate the state gas tax for 2 months and apparently some of the Dems, including Warnock want to suspend the federal gas tax for the rest of the year. I guess they think that will help get them reelected in November.
 

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Yeah, our governor just floated a gas tax exemption too. Not sure about the odds, here.

You ever feel like modern Americans are like, way more spineless than their grandparents when it comes to wartime shortages of things? We'll happily kill children for our principles, but we won't pay a few extra dollars for them.
 

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I paid $5.47 at Costco this morning, the line to get to the pump was long and I waited about ten minutes. I actually went yesterday but abandoned the mission because I didn't have time to wait.
 

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My local congressman (Democrat) is proposing a halt to the state 18c gas tax for the rest of the year.
Can't we just pay expensive gas to support Ukraine. Jebus!
No, California is sitting on billions of dollars of surplus money. That insufferable prick Newsom is talking about giving us back some money. Probably in the form of a check with "Provided by Newsom, you're welcome" printed in the Memo. I think he has to give us some money back when there is such a large surplus.
 

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Paid $5.29 for Premium/93 oct gas for my car (up about $1.3 since last week) in Columbia, SC. Paid $5.9 /gallon for 100LL aviation fuel at LB Owens field for my Cessna 414a this morning (up about $0.50 from 2 weeks ago).
 

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It's been all over the place recently, anywhere between about $1.40 and $2, but in the last couple of weeks it seems to be settling around $1.70 per litre in Brisbane.
except for diesel, which has been nice and stable... all of a sudden it's more expensive than your car.

At least mine runs on the smell of an oily rag...


and which reminds me - I must fill up..
 

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Over in the UK, petrol costs around £2.10/l

That's about USD12.70/USGal.

No, that's not a typo.

That Joe Biden certainly gets around.

The UK was expensive when I was there - mid 80's.
yeah - but distances are much smaller...

When Bilby and I were there, I think we filled up twice in the month we were there.... And we did a LOT of driving.
 

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My local congressman (Democrat) is proposing a halt to the state 18c gas tax for the rest of the year.
The tax in Australia is 44cAUD/L. Has been frozen for years (the tax, not us).
Last night I filled up my Subaru. $99.02AUD for 52L!
Won't be long before I crack the $100AUD barrier.
 

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I paid $2.09/L today for diesel. Thankfully my little 40L tank gets me a long distance but Fuck Me, I have never paid $75 to fill up my car! That’s a 6L engine price!
 

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Jen, I love you a little more with each passing day.

Jen Psaki has been brilliant from the day she started in her job. What an absofuckinglutely great change from the press secretary who started with invoking "alternative facts" in their attempt to defend one of Trump's first in the deluge of brazen lies.

She is also a major reason why I no longer harbour my irrational dislike of redheads.
 

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Saw a $4.59. Costco gas lines were insane, took about two minutes to get to a parking space to go pick up a chicken.
I guess the chicken was afraid to cross the road.
You haven't tried Costco's rotisserie chicken? They use it as a way to lure customers into the store even though they certainly aren't making much of anything on them at this point. 3 pound birds, $4.99 and it's been that way for a long time. No shrinkage, no price increases. Of course they're hoping you pick up more than just a chicken when you stop in for a chicken.
 

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Saw a $4.59. Costco gas lines were insane, took about two minutes to get to a parking space to go pick up a chicken.
I guess the chicken was afraid to cross the road.
You haven't tried Costco's rotisserie chicken? They use it as a way to lure customers into the store even though they certainly aren't making much of anything on them at this point. 3 pound birds, $4.99 and it's been that way for a long time. No shrinkage, no price increases. Of course they're hoping you pick up more than just a chicken when you stop in for a chicken.
Alas, no. I'm not a member.
 

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A cousin of mine was detailing her adventures in a Costco gas station in Duncanville TX where she lives; gas prices were momentarily low, but as word got out, the line ended up reaching extreme lengths, and by the time she reached the actual pump, the price appeared to have gone up twenty cents a gallon....

I must say, the logic of sitting in line for however long to get gas, while burning gas, doesn't quite grok for me. Just go later, when there isnt a line anymore. But then, I never let my tank get much below halfsies if I can help it.
 
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