Gas Prices Now A Big Factor In Presidential Election

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election. Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.

The poll reflects growing consumer anxiety as gas prices have risen nearly 50 cents a gallon in just over two months.

Consumers have been telling us they are cutting corners because for most driving is a necessity.

In Minnesota the average price is 3-58. The current national average for a gallon of regular is 3-76, but some analysts are predicting that gas could rise to $5 by the summer.

When you are an independent contractor like Tod Matthison, driving 200 to 300 miles a day, rising gas prices mean a smaller paycheck

“I average five hundred to eight hundred dollars a month in gas expense so it really cut into our overhead,” said

Matthison says he would like to cut back, but he can’t

“It’s scary, but what do you do? I have been doing this for 20, 25 years,” said Matthison.

Voters in Super Tuesday contests say gas prices were the most critical factor in their vote. The candidate who made the most dramatic promise to lower gas prices was Newt Gingrich, who said his plan that emphasizes expanded drilling would make gas $2.50 a gallon.

Voters clearly didn’t buy Gingrich’s promise he only won his home state of Georgia. Consumers should be wary of any guarantees, according to one Carlson School of Management Professor. He says the volatility in prices in recent years make fturue prices impossible to

“We don’t know if anybody tells you they know if gas prices are going up or down they just believe in their own magic,”

On Wednesday in Washington D.C., there was a hearing where Republicans and Democrats offered very different views of how to deal with this issue from a policy perspective: Democrats are urging conservation and tax breaks for electric vehicles with Republicans urging a dramatic expansion of drilling.

So, according to the exit polls, that division will be a key factor in elections this fall.

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  • Pundit

    77% of the people question YOUR intelligence.

    High gas prices will kill any chance of recovery, growth and jobs.

    • RioSam

      What recovery, growth or jobs?? Unemployment numbers for new claims, people that just lost their job, was 360,000 for last week..down 1,000 from the week before… has been going on every week for the past 3 1/2yrs. There are somewhere between 60 and 80 million people out of work in this country..the figures the media spews are a bunch of BS. As for the gas prices that has to do with our inflated currency…once again we have the government to thank for that BS.
      Without a sound monetary policy prices of everything will just keep going up and up….so keep voting for Obama or those RINO establishment cronies (mitt,rick,newt) and things will NEVER change!

    • Clint Moses

      Double huhhhhhon you! The Presidents’ position in total is so lame that it defy’s
      reason…He’ll invest in Brazil’s desire to drill off shore and state that we will be willing to buy until hell freezes over. His position on helping the middle class and less so, is sad in deed…We have more than enough fuel resourses right here in the USA…WE NEED A NEW PRESIDENT WHO UNDERSTANDS THE PROBLEM!

    • StopMockingDemocracy

      Tyranny is now a big factor for the “election” too. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

    • ReConUSMC

      Wow is exactly who Y Lien was speaking of when he famously mentioned Useful Idiots .”The Collective ” .

      The Economy or Jobs means Zero to Wow obviously .
      One more than suspects He is part of that 49.5 % who pays no taxes and then gets back 3-7 K .

      • Wow

        I make a comfortable $60K a year. It’s amusing to hear a jarhead talk about who’s a useful idiot.

        • ReConUSMC

          That Jar head Major {ReCon Marine } was my earlier life .
          After UVA with a master degree in Economics Ka 3.80 .
          My very Successful Son was also a ReCon Marine and UVA Grad .
          Just for the record I am known all over America and Canada .
          And in the Furn Hall of Fame in High Point NC on main Street .
          I owned New Creations and was the former President of Sealy of Canada .
          I own and estate here in race horse country of VA .
          You tried to put the wrong real man down “Jerk off ” !.

          • Wow

            Your random string of words might be more credible if they showed that you possess a basic grasp of the English language.

    • fourechodog

      Strange, it was all the Pres.’s fault in ’08…anccording to Sen. Obama, the Dems and the media.

      • swcoolbreeze

        Dems say they can’t control how much gas prices goes up, but they sure have done nothing these past forty years to keep them down. No to drilling, no to keystone pipeline, no to nuclear power, no to sound fiscal policy. Yes to crony solar energy capitalists, yes to seaweed, yes to more regulations, yes to environmentalists, yes to dimbulb politicians.

        • RonPaul2012LA

          Obama said yesterday that we would drill and build nuclear power, as well as a broad range of other power sources.

          Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, especially when that basket is finite and irreplaceable.

          • jasperddbagghost

            Oh look! A Ron Paul Voter.

            How adorable ! I hear he’s zero for 23 states.

            • Mike

              Yep, the one man who can “beat Obma and cure all ills” can’t even win a single state in his own party’s primary system. But, the alleged fiscal conservative surely does not mind spending millions of dollars of other people’s money per month to keep his name in the headlines when he can.

    • Texas Freedom

      Presidents don’t ‘control’ gas prices, but their policies can either either help or hurt the situation. You do realize that your president is actively lobbying senators to make sure the Keystone pipeline bill is not debated nor voted on, right? Get a grip, Jimmy Carter . . . .

    • Monopoly

      Stop the speculators and get gas around 2.50 a gallon. The economy would recover faster. Oh I forgot,Washington has something against AMERICANS.

    • thebigdog13

      It all comes back to bad monetary policy. Quit making it so cheap for speculators to drive the market price up by giving them cheap loans.

      We need to stop letting the Federal Reserve set ridiculously low rates and stop the government from intervening in every market.

      The President can help! Stop talking about raising taxes on Big Oil companies (it will only result in pain at the pump), start talking about correcting our monetary policy, and stop talking about “all of the above strategies and implement them”.

      Clearly define for me what America’s short term and long term strategy for energy and energy independence is! This is something the President should do and should have already done.

      • RioSam

        EXACTLY! But if these same 77% think this president or those RINO and wall street cronies are going to do anything about the monetary policy, think again. The only one even talking about the monetary policy and the Federal Reserve is Ron Paul…the rest of them are just more of the same… I guess until people grow a brain and put the RIGHT person in office >>>GET USED TO IT!!!!!!!

        • ReConUSMC

          Paul heads will vote for Obama in Nov. They fool no one .
          His Foreign affaires idea’s are dangerous .
          He compares Israel and Iran as equal ?

          • Constiutional Republic

            Most Ron Paul supporters will NOT vote for Obama in November – his foreign policy, monetary policy, and fiscal policy, along with the crony capitalism of bailing out the Banks and rigging the economy to favor the politically well-connected are virtually the same as the Republican establishment candidates Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich. The biggest threat to our country is our HUGE deficits and debt, and no one but Ron Paul is seriously addressing this issue.

          • Constiutional Republic

            You obviously don’t understand his foreign policy – our country would be much safer with a non-interventionist (NOT isolationist) foreign policy that Ron Paul supports. It is passed time to defend our borders (remember the 9/11 terrorists came across our border with Canada) more than the borders between other countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, or Iraq and Iran. In case you haven’t noticed, our government is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends and a big chunk of our government spending goes to foreign wars that we shouldn’t be involved in, and foreign aid to dictators (such as Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak) that causes untold unrest among the citizens of these countries, resulting in resentment towards our government.

    • greg

      Doh! The problem is this green tech obama is offering doesn’t exist, nobody want the high priced electric car, the market at work. We have enough oil for 220 tears at 10 million barrels a day.

    • ReConUSMC

      Pssssssssst When Bush said in 2007 to Drill … The price of Gas dropped $ 1.11 a gallon in 5 days .

      One of the first things Obama did in office in early Feb. was to end Bush’s Drill Bill .
      And unleash the EPA closing every thing making energy they can .
      The EPA has closed 78 Major Coal Mines in 27 Months .Why do you think the price of Electricity is up 18-24 % in the last 30 Months .
      Many future Buyer’s believe iElectricity could double in the next 3 years since Coal accounts for 51.3 % of all our Electricity ….. Meaning the price of everything we have , eat and use would not go up far higher .
      Look at Food now up 21-32 % on average in the last 3 years .

      • George Washington

        We, the founders, heard a distressing report of a 15 trillion dollar payment sent to the British courtesy of this monstrosity you call the Federal Reserve. That is nearly the entirety of the national debt (which we never imagined would be created). I thought we warned you sufficiently that the authority to coin money should always be the responsibility of an elected congress, and not a private bank? What part did you not understand? Please, it pains us greatly to see what we worked so diligently to achieve, be frittered away like common rubbish.

    • Zip

      Of course because it affects everyone. What gets me, is just a few months ago the news was saying how higher gas prices, means the recovery is strong and growing.

      • RioSam

        The higher prices is because the USD is worth less…INFLATION! We need a SOUND monetary policy…which at this time we do not have.

        Vote Ron Paul

  • Addicted to Oil

    It’s all good fun until they raise the price. We’ve only had 40 years to figure this out.

    • Rube

      We did … Cars today get more that twice the gas mileage as they did 40 years ago. The air is now cleaner that it was 40 years ago.
      Problem is, it’s neve enough for a government that wants to pus an agenda to get votes from a vocal minority (Enviromentalists) and payoff supporters (Solyndra). Colleges and universities get huge federal grants for research on “Climate Change” which has been proven to be a HOAX.
      Now that we have figured it out, it time to stop the corruption.

      • Daneel

        “99% of the world’s scientists agree that global warming is happening”

        based on the deliberately FLAWED data of scientists whose motivation ISN’T to save the planet or life as we know it but rather to SAVE THEIR FUNDING! When the data are LIES it ISN’T Science. Better to be a RUBE than a sucker…scientifically speaking. If you don’t want to “read any more of these uninformed and ignorant comments” there is a permanent solution for that condition and I’m sure NO ONE will stop you from taking the CURE! LOL Adios…give my love to P.T. Barnum.

      • stan

        99 percent?

        Talk about someone who is a rube. You couldn’t get 99 percent of any group to agree on anything.

        I hear Wal Mart has a sale on clues; I suggest you go and buy one.

        • Highdomer

          He wouldn’t shop at that evil Wal-Mart.

      • ReConUSMC

        You mean the 5000 Plus e-mail admitted Lies coming from England so called Scientific labs and the top 5 Scientist caught lying here as well ?
        As well as the Head of the UN .
        UVA and Penn ST are in Court trying to hide his Lies .
        Man after 100 Years has yet to make it rain Locally much less change the Temps of the World .
        The is all about Radical Socialist power hungry total iron hand control of the “All ” there is Womb to Tomb .

      • seenbetterdaze

        I’m old enough to remember when Pres. Carter started the Energy Dept….here we are 40 years later and the main purpose for the Energy Dept. was to wean us off Foreign Oil….After TRILLION$ wasted by that boondoggle we are still dependent on Saudi Arabia etal…and now we have the EPA another boondoggle and they refuse permits to let us DRILL HERE!

        • America First


        • ex

          Oh my God… still don’t get it. We have , and had more oil in Alaska than they have in the Middle east. Breandead, is the best acronim for you.

          • Kebas

            >>We have , and had more oil in Alaska than they have in the Middle east.

            Forget Alaska. North Dakota alone could power the entire US for decades.

            • madog2

              Be fore we go any further with our complaining let’s stop to realize that when the kenyon gets reelected We will loose the United States as we know it. He will rule like a dictator and the weakkneed congress and sentate will stand by as they have done for the last 3+ years. The kenyon has got the elected criminals buffaloed and already controls the socialist liberal meadia and federal judges. Another thing, Why do we give the a***oles in Washington the title of honorable so & so?

      • WhatsThePriceOfFreedom

        We have bigger issues then the price of gas right now. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      • Says it all is an idiot

        Sorry “Your name” but you are an idiot. 99% of the world’s scientists do NOT believe that global warming is happening. The Earth’s climate has changed before and will again and may now be going through a change but it doesn’t mean we have anything to do with it. Did we cause the ice ages? Did we cause the subsequent warming periods? No??? Then maybe the only ignorant comments are yours.

      • woody

        and millions of people die in car wrecks in these new light weight cars made with lots of plastic to make them lighter, thanks to CAFE standards

      • Tired of Stupidity

        Where do you get your 99% number from? Name your sources. Are you a member of the scientific community? One positive thing would be for you to cease in your moronic comments.

        • change

          The climate change debate has won and failed in many ways. Instead of worrying about rising temperatures, we could reach the same goal by demanding cleaner air. If we simply change the philosophy away from climate change and focusing simply on reduction in air pollution, then there is no debate; WE ARE POLLUTING THE AIR PERIOD

          • stan

            Another mindless lemming.

            Our air has never been cleaner. Get in line for a clue.

          • Matt

            you speaking is polluting the air if we speak in your terms. so shut up…

          • Dan

            CO2 is NOT a “pollutant”. It is a naturally occurring by-product of combustion, and plant food…..

            The air is no “dirtier” even if we double the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

            Get an education.

            • Republicrat

              Go to downtown New York or LA and tell me that those cities don’t have polluted air.

              • dugar

                go into your bathroom and tell me you dont pollute air until nature comes along and naturally cleans up your foul stench ps theres not too many cars in downtown manhattan

      • Rascal69

        The Earth’s temperatures were proven (as in factual) to be higher in the 1300’s than they are today. Anybody know the reason? Bueller? Anyone?

        • WagTheDog

          Not only that, the world’s temperatures have been going DOWN for the past eight years. It’s all about the sun and the moon and planet earth and Mother Nature … humans may dirty the air and water, but they aren’t enough to change the planet’s weather, though not for the lack of trying (see: HAARP and chemtrails).

          • seenbetterdaze

            Geoengineering is the big word they use for Spraying the chemicals such as aluminun, barium, sulphur particles…in their quest to change the climate, redirect the Suns rays out from Earth. The extra added benefit is DEPopulation….people breathe it in, it contaminates the water, sea, etc. Wonder why they find Aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer patients when they autopsy their brain. Plus Tax Payers are paying TRILLION$ for this evil experiment.

            • dan

              That crack dont smoke itself! I dont think we ever landed on the moon either. Booo!

      • Enormous Brain

        Apparently you haven’t read much peer-reviewed science lately. (1) Sea levels have not changed over the past 100 years despite claims of rising temperatures and the hypothesis that rising temperatures would adversely affect those levels. (2) Despite rapid increases in carbon dioxide emissions from 1998-2010, surface temperatures did not increase during that period. Yes, there has been no correlation between C02 emissions for more than a decade.

        99% of the world’s scientists once thought that leeches were a great medical idea…that saccharin was a carcinogen…or not…or…

        Stop deifying research scientists. They are no smarter than doctors or attorneys or accountants or historians or any other educated professional. They just pretend to be. But they are wrong everyday. Just like all humans.

        • Rickster

          They are no smarter than doctors or attorneys or accountants or historians or any other educated professional. They just pretend to be. But they are wrong everyday.
          To quote Woody Allen, if only life could be like that! So true – plus a favorite BC cartoon that said man exhales CO2 because weeds need it. CO2 is like 1% of our mixture in the air – since air is mostly nitrogen & oxygen. How could something that is less than 1% cause so many problems?

      • Kawliga

        Well, my little attack dog; although you’ve swallowed the whole bit hook, line and sinker, there is another side to the story. Here you go:

        S. Fred Singer, an atmospheric physicist, and founder of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, said in an interview with the National Association of Scholars ( that “the number of skeptical qualified scientists has been growing steadily; I would guess it is about 40% now. I would like to see the public look upon global warming as just another scientific controversy and oppose any public policies until the major issues are settled, such as the cause. If mostly natural, as NIPCC concludes, then the public policies currently discussed are pointless, hugely expensive, and wasteful of resources that could better be applied to real societal problems.

      • Stevo

        99% of the world’s scientists? Give me a break. Aside from that inaccuracy did they also figure out that man was causing this ‘change’? If they did, that would be a completely amazing and new conclusion to an unproven hypothesis. What can we say about past temperatures on this planet when they were higher and the CO2 concentrations were higher as well…silence….birds chirping…any ideas? And finally, have ‘we’ concluded that we are at the ideal temperature right now? It’s been warmer in the past during man’s time on Earth, I didn’t realize that we were at the optimum temp RIGHT NOW and that ANY change, one way of the other, was going to affect our survival so drastically. You realize that a slightly warmer planet could sustain more life as more land could be used for agriculture, I’m sure there are a million other cause-and-effects in this theory as well but wouldn’t that help your self-righteousness in feeding the world’s starving and poor? You’re not sure…yeah, exactly. Just like ‘99% of the world’s scientists’ do not know if man is the cause. Suffice it to say you are guilty of the same ‘uninformed and ignorant’ comments as those you belittle. Go hop back in your Prius and pretend you’re making a difference.

        • Michael

          Let’s say your 99% figure is correct, which I doubt but let’s say it is correct. Science is NOT based on a consensus. It is based on a theory that will either be proved or disproved through the course of trial run studies. Look at it this way, 500 years ago 99% of so-called scientists said the Earth was flat. Did that make it so? Just because there was a consensus the Earth was still round. it’s not like we were living on a flat plate of a planet and only after scientists changed their belief that the Earth suddenly became round. Please.

        • RD

          Steve – Sounds like you read Ian Plimer’s “Heaven and Earth”. Excellent information on climate and temperature and the effect on civilization when temps rise and decline. Should be a recommended read for everyone….at least for anyone who makes policy within the government.

          You know how you can tell when someone doesn’t know what they are talking about on Global Warming/Climate Change or whatever they call it now? They either quote some crazy number on scientists who believe it (1000 yrs ago every scientist thought the earth was flat) yet offer no other information OR they selectively choose a start date for measuring temps that usually starts right after the last cooling period (that is the Hockey Stick theory the UN used for years which is total junk science) OR they base belief by cherry picking one or two measurements that seems to support their belief as cause when it is really coincidence.

        • ReConUSMC

          Steve you are 100001 % correct .
          In the last Mini Ice Age 1434-1847 .
          There were far higher levels of CO2 .

        • fred

          Hey Steve, I’m a repub that owns a Prius. Why? Because I drive 60 miles a day for my job but don’t make alot of $ to do it. I bought it because I knew gas prices would never go back down.. Please don’t lump Prius owners in 1 category as while I drive it I still have my Freedom vs. Socialism, Worst President Ever, Your fair share is not in MY wallet and Gas was $1.83 when he took office bumper stickers on the car! ANYONE BUT HIM IN 2012!

          • Hey You

            Hi, Fred. About 13 years ago, I bought the first hybrid sold in our state – my main thought was that gasoline prices would always go up. Well, it has taken awhile, but I really enjoy going to the gas pump in my 55 mpg car. Even today, I bought 3 gallons of gas to fill up. – -Very satisfying.

            But no, I am not a republican nor a democrat because over the many years that I’ve been around it’s been my experience that voting for either party results in disasters. It may take awhile, but sooner or later the majority of people will withhold support from those political (federal) parasites.


      No it all about Contraception just ask ABC News!

      George Stephanopoulos Liberal Democrat & ABC News Commentator in one of the 1st GOP Presidential debates was the first person ever to bring up contraception! Stephanopoulos tried to ambush Romney by asking him if states had the right to outlaw contraception! Romney would not bite and said “no state is even considering this so why even bring it up”?
      Prior to joining ABC News, Stephanopoulos was the communications director to the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and later became the White House Communications Director. (oh no bias here?)
      So friends it was and is the Democrats who are pushing this Lame Contraception Bull Dity! Obama’s record, the Economy, the Bail outs and the price of gas are so bad they must distract the people away from the truth and all of the hope and change that has been going on!
      It’s the Economy Bro since I can’t call you stupid or that would be Racist!

    • YOUVVE_gotta_be_kidding

      “CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote”

      That’s not even remotely the same story described by Drudge’s headline.

      So that Hannity BS yesterday, and this today?

      Dude’s slippin’

      • Robotech

        Back to school for you! The idiot alarm went off. Not only for what you said, but how you said it. Who cares how we got to the story…We got here! Drill at home, drop the prices and instant happy. Did you know, you can Google it yourself, that Hugo Chavez’s price per gallon is $.08? He doesn’t import!! He exports and only uses what they pull out of their inland resources. Here’s your sign!!

    • YOUVVE_gotta_be_kidding

      “CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote”

      That’s almost sort of similar to the Drudge headline that links to the story.

    • Zuni

      Loony Liberal.
      We have over 250 years of oil left, majority of has yet to be tapped – source US Gov. I know you are a believer in global warming also, so here is another theory, oil is a renewable resource. There are scientists and geologists who are pushing forth that oil is constantly being formed.

    • ex

      I get gas everytime I look at Obamnation and his stooges. And, I get it for free.

    • ReConUSMC

      What are you smoking ? America has the most amount of Oil inland Off Shore .
      Oil Shale .. Natural Gas and Coal that any Nation in the World .

      While you leftist have Wind Mills , Expensive Corn B/S ..Solar Panels that have gone out of Business .
      Your Moronic Hero Obama is now Pushing Algae ???????????
      Yet to be made unless under Perfect Temperatures and Lab. conditions .
      One word …. .Pathetic !

      • JEC

        and don’t forget Algae

      • seenbetterdaze

        It’s all about Politics…Liberal/Progs do what their voters want and line their pockets….The Tree huggers are rich and powerful. The Oil Industry is too…but they all donate to both parties for the tax writeoffs and bail outs.
        Now the USA is Busted! And everyone in DC are scared to CUT SPENDING.

        • ReConUSMC

          This is a cheap shot right out of Media Matters garbage !

    • jake

      And yet we’ve been making synt. oil for about 15 yrs. now??????

  • Analyst

    It’s too bad there isn’t some cheap way to get Canadian oil to the refineries in Texas.

    What’s that? A pipeline? And he stopped it?

    Well that was stupid.

    • GGM

      He made calls all day to get Democrats to vote against the amendment. There is even a photo of him doing so. Keep drinking your Kool-Aid though. It hurts when you go through withdrawal.

    • TMA1

      Well there are some people who are just Blinded by His Light!

      BO is a Communist Pig. And you are just a Pipe Piper follower of the Embicile. Embicile.

    • Best3800

      Nebraska basically stopped the pipeline,look it up,who would want pipeline in their backyard especially when there is a chance of contaminating the ground water. Obama just bought Nebraska more time to figure things out.

      • tcp

        If gas prices are a factor, we have but one choice. Toss out the current administration. They are on RECORD supporting higher gas prices. Don’t deny it, don’t spin it. This is the single most massive social manipulation in HISTORY!

        • jake

          Hey wait, the Us exports more oil than it imports. fu#$ that pipeline from Canada, we don’t need that oil. And fresh water from Mn, the mining companies will destroy all that. But all said sir(Best 3800), thats a great comment.

        • jake

          Nope, the banking fraud is and the collaspe of the United States.

      • Robotech

        Gee, so when Obama said No it was only a fleeting gesture? Stop it! You’re making yourself look stupid!!

      • wes

        no Obummer stopped the oil pipeline, don’t listern to the news. Moron

        • Best3800

          You cons. Are either on to something or on something, I think the latter! My god,who’ paying you republican Rubes for spreading such GARBAGE. The gov. of Nebraska approved it ,big whoop, he’s going to do the opposite of Obama no matter what. Ranchers in Nebraska don’t want this potential nightmare on their land. If this tar sands oil ever leaks they will be shipping in clean water from Minnesota til the end of time!

      • Septimus

        @Best3800: The last time I read the US Constitution (an exercise most progressive-communists don’t bother with), the Federal government was in control of interstate commerce.

      • ReConUSMC

        That is old News … The Governor approved it 4 Months ago .But nice Try Lefty !

      • maroonvee

        The Governor of Nebraska has been said on record that the pipeline is fine and what is the holdup.

    • TeaRunner

      According to the ratings, Fox is the MSM now. The rest are lefty wingnut radicals.

    • ReConUSMC

      Harry Reid just said with Obama help announced the Key Stone Pipe line bill is being been turned down said on ABC local news !!!!!!!!!!
      Because He has enough far leftist support in the Senate now to get it turned down !
      Those far leftist Senators should be voted out office since they like Obama must hate America energy security .
      That precious Oil is now headed to China …… Thanks Lefties !

    • ReConUSMC

      FOX News news and Business has 71 far leftist Paid talking heads .
      All the other net works put together ? 5 Moderate Republicans No Conservatives .

    • Scott

      @ Observer…Who needs to read more? Idiot

    • Ejeff

      Ditto- Obama is lobbying the dems to vote against the pipeline. He congratulated the move to build the pipeline from OK to TX after the fact because- HE COULDN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT- DIDN’T NEED HIS ANNOINTED PERMISSION. So Obama is the best at running to the front and grabbing the flag of any parade because with this guy it’s always, “ME, Me, Me, I did it!” Unless its something bad, then its, “Not me, it was someone else.” He’s like a child or narcissist. Pathetic!

    • Jaybird7

      When his hand chosen director of the Energy Department Steven Chu wants Americans to pay $9/Gal for gas it is obvious he is an enemy of America. So yes I will DENIGRATE this evil tyrant any way I can and if it annoys you that’s just a bonus. I despise so called progressives {Communists with different branding} and wish they would all leave this country and go where the system they advocate is already in place. I know I am a candidate for their re-education camps if Obama wins re-election since I am as Pro Capitalism as they come.

    • Klepton

      And this thing votes. It’s unbelievable.

    • Tired of Stupidity

      You must not read the news. Obama is lobbying the dems behind closed doors to vote against the construction of the pipeline. What a guy! Also tried to bribe Netanyahu not to strike Iran until after the elections…

    • Mark

      You need to keep up! Obama is lobbying the dems to vote against the pipeline.

      • Joe Blow

        You need to keep up; synthetivc crude aka oil sand oil was selling at a $5 dollar a bbl discount the other day FOB . How couldnt a Canadian pipeline to the refineries that supply US help? Obama is an Ass leading an Ass Parade of Lemmings off the cliff. Good riddance Democratic Party.

      • karl anglin

        If the of oil goes to $140-$150 a barrel
        by this summer, Obama’s presdency is finished.

  • John

    Analyst – Had the pipeline been approved yesterday, the prices would have fallen? I guess you havent paid attention, but oil prices rise and fall all the time. We need to conserve and not use. Get in the game..

    • Kip Noxzema

      Even if nobody drove cars, we would still need 5-6 million barrels a day. Wake up.

    • JEC

      Go take a bike ride, idiot

    • JEC

      Ahh..go take a bike ride, idiot

    • Robotech

      Nooooo, if we tap what we have here at home instead of paying through the nose to the Arabs we can drop the price. The pipeline would help, but that’s a J.O.B.S’s issue. Obama said no to the jobs. Don’t get a headache confusing the issues John. I know the simple Liberal mind is only used to dealing with one thought at a time…Obama proves that every single day. One and done!

    • Scott

      Yes. Idiot. Oil prices rise and fall on speculation. The anticipation of an increase in supply will lower prices. Nice leftist drivel– the left never understands how business and economics actually works.

    • Lu Shissler

      Yeah! Sure!! Tell that to the truckers who pay $800-$1000 a fill. How would you suggest they conserve? IT’S THEIR PROFESSION AND LIVELIHOOD! What do you think is driving our food prices sky high:? Geeeeeeeesh! Our truckers need to get together and all shut down for a week! I’ve never heard BO ever comment on what he expects to do for them.

    • ReConUSMC

      The average American mainly those 15 to 50 use ‘Twice ” as much Energy per Individual than those did in 1960 now with “Double ” the Population .
      While we make less Energy than in 1970 .
      There are 95 % more energy using Toys and Energy using things for Jobs now .
      The greatest Offenders are College age Liberals and Tree Huggers just for the record . Since they have all the Toys .

    • TeaRunner

      That’s a hefty pile of ignorance there, we’ve been exporting gas for months now and prices are still rising.

    • Analyst

      News Flash.
      This just in.
      If supplies increase, prices decrease.

      We are already conserving.

      Biofuels are worse for the environment than fossil fuels and there is no reason to use them because there are vast, VAST supplies of oil.

      Five hundred years from now, when supplies do start to dwindle, technology will have developed alternative. Good alternatives.

      • Analyst

        Nothing you have pointed out refutes the points I made.

        Speculators are good. When supplies dwindle, they jack up the price so we all conserve more.

        Regulate wall street? Do you want another crash?

        • Observer

          Analyst. The price goes up if we conserve, the price goes up if we don’t conserve. If we drill, the price will go up because oil companies need R & D money. The world’s supply of oil and gasoline is at all all time high, and yet prices continue to rise, refuting your statement that as supply increases, prices decrease. Better go back and take a refresher course in macroeconomics, Mr. Analyst.

          • VA172

            Oil companies are just finding new reasons to raise the price of gas and blame someone else. Supply and demand has nothing to do with gas prices anymoe. Speculators and media have all to do with it. If anyhting, oil companies have also closed refineries because of lower demand. What does that do? Creates a shortage. Our government cannot/will not do anything about while our lawmakers are all bought off by big oil.

            • donald

              We have two liberals here trying to rewrite every economic textbook written and are telling us that supply and demand have “no effect”…that right people…”no effect” on gas prices?! Oh well…can’t fix stupid.

          • Septimus

            Question for Observer and Analyst: Tell me, when was the last oil refinery permit granted in the US? I think you will find your answer there.

          • BeauW

            There are actually 2 factors at work here…the increased world demand stressing the supply, but also the weaker dollar. Countries with stronger currencies aren’t paying as much more as we are,

          • jake

            No Sir, sorry, but not even macroeconomics, it’s better said Microeconomics….like that of this fellas brain, MICROBRAIN. Peace Sir.

    • Kawliga

      And what game is that John? The solar panel, wind power, electric car government boondoggle? Ostensibly, based on your theory, constructing a pipeline for the FUTURE is a useless endeavor.

  • jimmy

    It seems simple to me. Anytime gas prices raise above $2.50 a gallon, cut off all exports of gas.

    • Jake

      If gas goes over $2.50, or let’s say $3.00, then just stop driving. Simply stop. Look, it’s easy, it will get the price of gas down in a hurry, right?

    • ReConUSMC

      No way to cut off private Co exports ,
      But IF We could open up all oil drilling and form and Oil cartel with Canada .
      Then the middle east could play their barrel cost games with us .
      Oil is a world wide comity and is Gold and Silver .
      This is why Conservatives are against one world order !
      While leftist love “One World Order ” until it bits them in the pocket book .. reality sets in !!!!!!!

  • Ordinary Guy

    This puts oil price-fixers in the position of Kingmaker.

    • ReConUSMC

      Would the word King Maker Microsoft mean anything to You for 22 years .How about Google as well ?

  • msrn

    In the short term, the president has little or nothing to do to reduce prices at the pump.The dril, dril, drill that Republicans claim as the answer wil take a couple of years to affect pump prices, regardless of what Newt says. If drilling reduces pump price in the short term, why has the the drilling in North Dakota not kept prices down?

    • dan

      You are right it will take a couple years. That was your arguement 3 years ago when Obama was elected. Had you gone with the Drill Baby Drill, we would not have seen a doubling of gas prices during Obamas watch.

    • ReConUSMC

      Your Dead Wrong ! In 2007 when Bush hit the Drill button the price of gas dropped a $1.11 a gallon in 5 days . When Nixon used our own Oil Reserves the prices dropped as well .
      ‘Speculation ” occurs’s in the Positive when Obama say’s Drilling in not the answer OR THE KEY STONE PIPE LINE …….WE BUY !!!!!!! GET IT .
      When the world is producing 22 Million barbells a day and only selling 17-18 Million barrels the price drop greatly .
      Supply and Demand is something Obama a say a marxist and Liberals just can’t understand sadly .

    • JEC

      This has been the Democrat mantra for the past 25 years. If they had gotten out of the way we’d be there today

    • Joe Labbe

      North Dakota production is too small a sample size. Natural gas is a better example. We’ve dramatically lowered the price of LNG through domestic production. Watch this and imagine the possibilities.

    • Analyst

      How do you know it hasn’t been a downward pressure on prices?

      How could it not?

      Do you know what futures markets are?

      • jimmy

        Why would it? Supply and demand has nothing to do with the price of gas. It’s just greed baby greed.

        • Ed ucation

          Blaming high gas prices on greed is like blaming all airplane crashes on gravity.

          • YOUVVE_gotta_be_kidding

            Right! Because without gravity there would still be all kinds of….

            Wait a minute, so greed is causing the price increases?

        • Analyst

          Congratulation on winning the dumbest post of the day award.

          It wasn’t even close.

          • Observer

            @Analyst. Jimmy is fairly correct. Compliments on being the first poster to call someone a name on this post this morning. Running out of cogent arguments?

        • Stevo

          Greed? What a simplistic view of a complex trade commodity, if only it were that simple. Say, don’t you have a fairy tale to go read right now? You’d be better served living in your little fantasy world that discussing this kind of subject, you’re in way over your head.

  • wondering

    Whatever the multiple reasons for high gas prices, this president want high prices and so does his administration. They are on record as saying such.

    • Bambi

      You do realize that you’re a moron, do you not?

    • Best3800

      Wondering what Pres. on gods green earth would want higher fuel prices?That must be a sure fire way to get Elected. Not! What group of Idiots you been listening to?Fox noise says so not thePres.

      • Corey

        You don’t seem to remember anything from 2008-2012.

        Obama actually said he doesn’t mind high gas prices. He even told us his plans would make energy prices skyrocket… His energy czar said “We have to make sure gas prices are up near the levels it is in Europe ($9)…., sounds like you don’t really follow news and politics and instead depend on whatever Rachel Madcow tells you to think.

    • BeauW

      And before the last presidential election, he said he would bankrupt the bulders of coal fired plants.

      • Lu Shissler

        Clinton had already started that in Utah brfore he left office,

  • dan


    Do these comments come to you after a good night out? “None of the oil from the Keystone would be used in the US”. Please cite your source on this.

    3X more oil in rigs than when Bush was in office. Foriegn rigs, yes, but Obama has done a great job of pushing these away from American shores. This has also sent jobs out of the US. Please cite your source on this as well.

    Where do you think the energy comes from to power up the elctrical outlet in your home? What do you think will happen to Electric prices if we all convert? We will be burning more fossil fuels and dumping more Nuc waste in your backyard.

    Electric must be going gang busters, sounds like Chevy just halted production of the Volt due to lack of interest. What does Obama suggest? Bigger tax credits! WTH did you elect?

    Until gas prices exceed $10/gallon there are no feasible green options.

  • Tom

    Gas prices are up, but demand is down! Speculators are at again because they have “anxiety” over Iran. They always base their speculating on “what if” and a majority of the time the “what if” never happens!

    • Observer

      @Tom. Yes. Syria factors into the speculation also. Remember when the Shrub said that if we invaded Iraq, we would guarantee cheap oil and gas? At the start of Shrub’s presidency, gasoline was a buck a gallon, and the price has been going up every since. Political destabilization of the Middle East because of U.S. action or inaction is part of the equation.

      • Tom

        @ Oberver

        Yes I remember when Bush and Company promised us cheaper oil and gas, something the conservatives deny Bush promised. I guess they deny because it is another promise that Bush made about Iraq that never came true.

    • Rascal69

      Much of the increase in oil prices for the U.S. is the result of the devaluation of our currency. Let me explain with a simple statement. As a producer in the United States, If you were selling oil to another U.S. company, you would sell it for $100 USD. But, take that same oil and sell it to a European company, say Germany, and you receive $142 USD. Which would you rather have?

      Of course, that means when the U.S. companies purchase oil from foreign sources, it takes more U.S. Dollars due to the devaluation of the dollar and the current exchange rate.

    • Joe Labbe

      What if we could tell Iran, Saudi Arabia and the other oil-producing tyrant nations to go pound sand? Watch and learn.

  • Ace

    The good thing about it is that I don’t see as many little old ladies driving huge trucks to the beauty shop, maybe they’ll go back to cars and save gas. These huge SUVs and big pickups are being used a lot for transporting one or two people instead of for towing or hauling.

    • Lu Shissler

      Okay, you just quit picking on little old ladies! I’ll be darned if I’m going back to the little red Radio Flyer!

  • Peace

    I love the way Dems want us to go back to riding horses to solve all of our problems. However, when Bush was in office and gas prices rose, they were screaming that he was causing the prices to rise so he could rake in more money. Well, if that logic is true, then Obama must be getting crazy rich right now.

  • yoink

    As if anything any of the presidential candidates say will make any difference in gas prices. The ignorant people of America believe what they hope will happen. It is a terrible way to vote.

    • JT in Atl

      Hey Yoink, I understand now. Bush had control over gas prices but Obama does not.

  • bob

    Government largess, government spending and illegal aliens are the real issues.

    • Ordinary Guy

      No amount of cuts will make up for the loss of money here from imports of oil and tax-free goods and services. It’s not fair, and it’s not fixed.

  • Ejeff

    So, 3x the number of oil rigs in operation today all started less then three years ago?? No, they are there because of what happened during the Bush years. Obama is only taking credit for it, (or obfiscating) but really he has driven oil rigs away since his presidency. Remember his comments to Brazil, “we’ll be your best customer,” (especially since you now have many of the rigs that we used to have.) There is no basis to argue that this prez or most democrats support oil production, because they don’t. Electric cars run on coal and gas, whatever feeds the charging units. We need fossil fuels until alternatives are more than just a fantasy. Have you ever looked out over a beautiful landscape covered with windmills, and have you ever been close enough to hear the annoying buzz they make? Demand for gas is low because so many people are out of work. And finally, I am not interested in having an electric car- You can if you want. Not me! Green energy is a fantasy or hobby. You can not propel the engine of a busy, growing nation on nothing.

  • Tressa

    Two weeks ago Obama said higher gas prices could be a good thing. Three days ago Obama said that higher gas prices could hurt his chances for re-election.
    What he does not get is that higher gas prices cause inflation and hurts us.
    Obama’s energy secretary wants higher gas prices. The guy does not even own a car.
    This administration does not have a clue. We the people, are hurting.

  • ObamaIsABleepClown

    I’m just happy the adminstration main goal is not to lower energy cost but to fund awesome ideas like solyndra. Maybe soon we will be able to strap a windmill to every car in america. That will solve all our problems… Go OBAMA….

    sarcasm off/

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  • Obamasupportersareidiots

    When Bush was president all the libturds blamed him for high gas prices.

    Now with Obama as president, these assclown hypocrites say he can’t control prices.

    LOL! Fruitcakes

  • Jeff

    Bone head is willing to release some of the strategic oil reserves in order to help keep the price of gas from climbing too high. Why doesn’t he simply allow for driilling oil under American soil? This would reduce our dependance on foregin oil, create jobs and help bring down the cost of gas.

    Oh yeah, he really doesn’t care about jobs, or what things cost the American people.

    • Obamasupportersareidiots

      He is only releasing the reserves in time to get elected.

  • Joe E in the IE

    When you’re over 50, out of work and repeatedly informed you’re “overqualified” or don’t offer enough Work Opportunity Tax Credits because you don’t have a criminal record and never used drugs, getting a job to pay for the gas takes precedence.

  • Obamasupportersareidiots

    Back when Bush was president all the smart libturds blamed him for high prices.

    Now they blame speculators, population growth, China, Syria, Iran…. everyone except Obama.

    Nice little Hypocrites.

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