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Gas prices may last six months

N8 v2.0

Not the sharpest tool in the shed
Oct 18, 2002
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Been awhile since we had a gas price thread....

Gas prices may last six months
By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

The nation's energy chief says it will take six months for U.S. energy production and prices to return to pre-hurricane levels, and he hints at energy shortages in the interim.

That's the most blunt and pessimistic estimate yet of how long the energy disruptions caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will affect the USA. But it could help Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman sell Americans on a conservation campaign he plans to detail Monday.

"How long before we return to normal? It's hard to know, because we have not yet got an assessment" of damage from Rita, Bodman said in an interview with USA TODAY on Friday. He said it will be two to three weeks before the assessment is done.

"We're going to go through a very challenging time the next six months, is my guess," Bodman said. "Most of us have viewed energy availability as a kind of right of citizenship," he said, and might have to rethink that as refineries are restarted, pipelines repaired and natural gas processing resumed. "Both in terms of gasoline availability and (prices of) natural gas and heating oil, we're going to have some problems."

Hurricane Katrina swept the Gulf of Mexico and hit shore near New Orleans on Aug. 29. Rita followed Sept. 24, hitting the Texas coast west of Katrina's landfall. The two storms temporarily closed all Gulf oil operations and most natural gas operations, according to the U.S. Minerals Management Service.

Only 2% of Gulf oil production had resumed by the weekend, MMS reported, and 21% of natural gas production. The Gulf supplies 29% of U.S.-produced oil and 19% of U.S.-sourced natural gas.

The nationwide average for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.92, AAA said Sunday. That's up about 30 cents from before Katrina hit.

Gasoline supplies are being supplemented by increased shipments from overseas. But natural gas, the heating fuel for most Americans, can't easily be shipped. Industry and government forecasts say that tight gas supplies could result in heating bills nearly doubling.

Keeping prices down "could be challenging if we get exceptionally cold weather," warns Paula Reynolds, CEO of big gas supplier AGL Resources. That could use up the cheaper gas that utilities have in storage and require them to replace it with today's high-price natural gas, passing the increase to users.

The government conservation plan will ask Americans to turn off lights, change thermostat settings, drive slower, insulate homes and take other steps.
 

blt2ride

Turbo Monkey
May 25, 2005
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N8 said:
I wonder if we will ever see $1.20/gal gasoline ever again...
Not likely. To be honest, I don't even remember the last time gas was around the $1.20 mark. I'm thinking it was probably in 2001. At this point, I would be happy if gas went back down to the $2.00 a gallon range...
 

-dustin

boring
Jun 10, 2002
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prices have been so dynamic lately. it's rather annoying. 3 days ago, $2.76. following morning, $2.99. 6hrs later, $2.73...yesterday it went up to $2.89, and now it's down to $2.83. seems every bit of news being released causes some sort of a panic in the prices at the pump.
 
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JRB

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It's impressive that places like Julie's work are cutting pay, and the government won't intervene to minimize the pain. When does this administration leave office???
 
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JRB

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I saw $3.39 diesel yesterday. That is about to create one giant fvkking wake up call.
 

Westy

the teste
Nov 22, 2002
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N8 said:
Drill Anwar!

We have gone over this again and again. The oil produced by ANWAR would only end up supplying abou 1-2% of US requirements. That wouldn't drastically decrease prices. Also, isn't the big problem now being refining capabilites not crude supplies?
 

H8R

Cranky Pants
Nov 10, 2004
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I did some math today.

Since I have moved farther north from Oakland to put my kid in a better school, I'm gonna be spending $4,000 + a year on commuting gas and $780 a year in tolls.


A year ago I had a 20 minute bike commute.

:dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead:
 

Westy

the teste
Nov 22, 2002
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Sleazattle
I'm getting about 70 mpg on my motorcycle and putting half my traveling miles on it. My over all gas usage has dropped to 55% of what it used to be.
 

buildyourown

Turbo Monkey
Feb 9, 2004
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I love it. Biodiesel is actually getting cheaper. Now it actually makes financial sense to run bio AND you get a warm fuzzy.

I hope gas goes to $4
 
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JRB

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Westy said:
I'm getting about 70 mpg on my motorcycle and putting half my traveling miles on it. My over all gas usage has dropped to 55% of what it used to be.
Did I see a price drop on the fork??? ;)


:D
 
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JRB

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buildyourown said:
I love it. Biodiesel is actually getting cheaper. Now it actually makes financial sense to run bio AND you get a warm fuzzy.

I hope gas goes to $4
Are you on some sort of life continuation device???
 

SkaredShtles

I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!
Sep 21, 2003
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Westy said:
I'm getting about 70 mpg on my motorcycle and putting half my traveling miles on it. My over all gas usage has dropped to 55% of what it used to be.
My gas usage has apparently decreased somewhat as well, since I paid less in August & September than any earlier month this year.

Of course the odometer on my bike now reads 685 miles (reset in late August). :thumb:
 

dan-o

Turbo Monkey
Jun 30, 2004
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H8R said:
I did some math today.

Since I have moved farther north from Oakland to put my kid in a better school, I'm gonna be spending $4,000 + a year on commuting gas and $780 a year in tolls.


A year ago I had a 20 minute bike commute.

:dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead:
At least you avoided having to pay $5k/yr for private school.....