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Gas prices go up as economy gets better

Reader poll

How much will gas prices increase in the coming months?

  • They will rise above $4 a gallon 68%
  • They will peak just below $4 16%
  • They'll go to at least $3.75 2%
  • Doesn't matter. If they get any higher I'm not driving exept for work 14%

44 total votes.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gas prices have risen 15 cents in the past month and officials expect at least another half-dollar rise in the next few months.

The reason, ironically, is an improving economy, said AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady.

While tensions with Iran are definitely part of the equation, Brady said optimism that European countries may have reached a solution to debt issues and that unemployment in America is going down are causing gas prices to go up.

"They take that (news) as a positive sign that demand is going to increase, so prices go up," Brady said. "It's unfortunate because the higher gas prices would definitely hurt the economic recovery."

According to gasbuddy.com, the cheapest gas in Gwinnett was found at the Costco near the Mall of Georgia Monday, at a price of $3.37 a gallon. The high mark of $3.59 was found in several locations, including a Chevron at Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Sawmill Drive in Suwanee.

The average for Georgia was $3.54 Monday, Brady said. It was $3.51 a week ago, and $3.39 a month ago. A year ago, the average price was $3.09 a gallon.

That drastic increase has Brady and others concerned that numbers will continue to rise through the spring and summer travel season.

"At this point there really is no sign of relief. The question is whether we'll hit the $4 mark," Brady said, adding that experts expect that to happen in the spring or summer. "We've started the year off with a consistent increase in prices. We're just not too far off."

Comments

BufordGuy 2 years, 2 months ago

What a joke. Economy getting better? Well it'd make sense if that were so to raise the price on the thing that makes the economy go in order to slow it down now wouldn't it? The economy will never recover until the cost of moving things comes down, duh. Everyone should be able to see through this "economic improvement" and see that it is just the Communist Party and its propaganda wing (the liberal media) cooking the books in order to get the Leader reelected in November. After that the economic and social collapse coming will make the past five years look like a picnic.

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jjbod1 2 years, 2 months ago

As long as the price of gas keeps going up, the economy is not going to recover. I myself along with most people I know are now once again limiting trips in the car. Spending less money on non necessities, including eating out. Once gas goes over 4 bucks, the down turn will really be felt.

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psychientology 2 years, 2 months ago

I can't believe someone is buying the hype that the economy is getting better. Unbelievable.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 2 months ago

I can’t believe the hype that it’s not. I’ve been in manufacturing since the 1970’s, and given that we’ve just dodged a second Great Depression, it’s definitely been looking better every day.

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm .. you have been in manufacturing since the 70's? Just last month, you boasted of a successful political blowharding career as well. Here is the link to refresh your memory:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2012/jan/20/gingrich-angrily-denies-he-sought-open-marriage/#c13748

Wow! Manufacturing what? Blowharding is still your specialty!

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 2 months ago

Ever so sorry that I've rather done well in life. Perhaps pursuing the same would have been a more productive path for you than wallowing in whatever sad thing it is that you're wallowing in. Sorry - back to work now!

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 2 months ago

Which life of yours should I wallow in? The political blowhard, the manufacturer of bs, or the janitor? Personally, I like to wallow in honesty and integrity. Those traits have served me well and provided me a wonderful life.

Is the rising price of gas the reason you are still working so hard?

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HonestIngine 2 years, 2 months ago

Manufacturing is up in Mexico, and overseas but not here. Look at all the textile mills that have closed down..

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JohnPDunn 2 years, 2 months ago

Whose economy is getting better?

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SuxBeanU 2 years, 2 months ago

I think this AAA spokeswoman, Jessica Brady, is angling for a job in the Obama Ministry of Mis-Information. I remember the media attack on Bush when gas prices were approaching $2.00 per gallon, now as we approach more than twice that, the media is silent. Improving economy? I think not.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 2 months ago

Every real indicator (even our payroll processing company, ADP, the largest around, has noticed a sharp increase in the number of payroll checks it’s issuing) shows that it is, but if you really really really want to believe otherwise, that is your prerogative. My current business (electric power) is doing more this quarter than in the previous three combined. Reality is sometimes overrated, but personally I cannot fathom taking delight in any desire to accept that the US will fail.

Regarding the rising price of gas, politicians have been promising energy policy changes to wean us off of our oil addiction since at least the 1970’s (I was building refinery equipment at the time), but that never happened. Others that want gas and are willing to pay more for it have outbid us on the free market, darn that old capitalism. Rough break, but we need to get off our duffs, quit whining and do what Americans do best – come up with something better than what we had. Pretty much that’s the only way out of this – we cannot drill ourselves out, as we only have about 2% of the remaining accessible world’s supply of oil, and another unfunded military invasion like the one that nearly bankrupted us should probably be ruled out.

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richtfan 2 years, 2 months ago

we have NO reason to wean ourselves off of oil. We do need to become energy independent so as not to be affected significantly by what happens in the middle East, but there is NOTHING wrong with using oil as a primary means of transportation. If our esteemed braggard-in-chief would sign the natural gas act, it would immediately bring down the price of fuel. Same thing on the XL pipeline. Approve it today, and watch the price drop immediately.

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news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

"I've managed campaigns exclusively for local, state and national Republicans for the past 28 years (95% success rate) and have left my blowharding behind"

Cleanupguy is Obama's campaign manager, obviously manufacturing an economic recovery.

Rising gas prices will further stall our economy. I agree with everyone except the donkey in the room.

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BuzzG 2 years, 2 months ago

If Obama had not blocked the Keystone XL pipeline, would would have access to a steady supply of reliable Canadian crude oil flowing through a 42 inch pipeline to oil refineries in the gulf. Obama is responding to a campaign from "global warming" troglodytes. He needs their money for his reelection campaign. Do not give to Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, or any of the other uber tree hugger organizations which have worked to stop the Keystone XL. They are our enemies.

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HonestIngine 2 years, 2 months ago

Whatever Jessica Brady is smoking, I need some...Economy getting better? Is she living under a rock? Just an FYI for Brady, gas prices when the "Big O" took office, regular was at $1.78/ gallon. So are we really better off?

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Gundoctor1 2 years, 2 months ago

Jessica, I don't think you've made many friends here. I hope your car doesn't break down. AAA will have to help you, none of these folks will. Economy turning around? Are you kidding me? How stupid are we, when we think if gas prices go down .25 what a great deal that is!!!!

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Mack711 2 years, 2 months ago

The economy maybe getting better for the Wall Street crowd, but not the working class. The worikng class does not have the funds to go out to eat much less take vacations. The ones who will be hit the hardest will be the retired citizens who live on a fixed income. They have to decide on gas or medicine. Where do they get the figures for a better economy? Must pull them out of a magic hat.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

is this the new politically correct statement to make by a reporter? The economy is growing? It is not. Talk about the real issues: failed U.S. policies here in the U.S. Iran, causing a stir in the once powerful U.S. of America.Since when this little place can control our lives here? Since Obama The CEO of the big oil companies are selling almost all our oil to China, India, and other growing countries. Teh U.S. is using less oil so why would the U.S. oil companies sell there oil here to drop prices? They can get $5..+ a gallon in Europe.

Wake up people. The news media is not helping with such poorly and inadequate written stories. Just look at the Camie Young story on pg 1 in today's paper.She says the growing economy is partially to blame. What part, 5%. What growing economy? Millions still out of work. Obama said he wanted less than 8% or he would quit.Don't worry, we will see to it that he and his liberals quit.

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richtfan 2 years, 2 months ago

Gas prices are not getting higher because the economy is getting better. The mid-February unemployment numbers are a monumental jump from the 8.3% of mid January to 9.0% in mid Feb. The economy is tanking long term. Obama has screwed the economy due to massive spending and debt brought on by his stimulus programs and by the healthcare law that restricts freedom and drives costs up. Gas prices are way up because of the saber rattling of Iran and the stuff going down in the Middle East.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh, no – terrible news! The stock market (which you may recall crashed hard in 2008, eventually bottoming out at 6,547 at the close on 3/9/08), closed today at 12,966, fast approaching another four year high (just short of double the low point during the aftermath of you-know who). Sorry to break this positive economic news (although obviously a fake story planted by the commies) about ongoing success at the epicenter of capitalism – the only way I see out of this factual dilemma is to hurl insults at the messenger – ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Thanks for the laughs, but seriously, maybe instead of acting like children while our GOP self-immolates, we could instead DO something about it? Oh, never mind – buy low sell high, own chunks of American businesses to grow them and all that there – unless you live in a cave or are a practicing socialist, you are part of the Wall Street crowd and (unless totally stupid) have likely benefitted from it. Back to work!

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SuxBeanU 2 years, 2 months ago

So please tell us, is Jessica Brady your mother, wife or girlfriend, because you two are the only people around that think the economy is growing. As far as your numbers go, stick this one in your pipe, unemployment went back up in mid-February. I suppose the economy is growing for those folks too, right? Good grief, you libs will say anything and do anything to protect this failing administration..

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful! Thank you for the update! Which Cleanupguy personality (life) should we thank for bringing us this news flash: The political blowhard, the manufacturer of bs, or the janitor? Your nuggets of wit and wisdom are so mindblowing regardless of who you pretend to be when posting.

Bless your heart(s)!

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jack 2 years, 2 months ago

In October of 2007, when the Dow was at its highest ever, gas was around $2.50/gal. To use the convoluted logic of this article, shouldn't gas have been $6.00?

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Mack711 2 years, 2 months ago

This was heard on the radio this morning. If true we are being used to raise oil prices.

Check it out: http://www.boortz.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2012/feb/22/rising-gas-prices-we-were-warned/

Yes it is from Neal Boortz so take it with a grain of salt. Why was the Keystone pipeline from Canada vetoed?

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