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March 30, 2011

Five Myths About Gas Prices


You certainly don’t believe everything you read, do you? Here are 5 myths about gas prices. Read the article, pass it on to 10 friends and your personal gas price will drop (heh heh).

#1. Fighting in Libya is sending prices up. Nope. Less than 2% of the 86 million barrels consumed each day comes from Libya. But all the action there does make people nervous.

#2. Tapping the Strategic Reserve is a good way to control oil price. Are you kidding? It’s only about a 30-day supply at current consumption rates.

#3. Oil companies produce less in the spring to increase oil prices. No again. It’s because what’s in our gas changes from season to season.

#4 The Obama administration is driving up oil prices. Nah!! Politics. Politics. The President can’t control oil prices.

#5. Americans can’t live without cheap gas. It’s somewhere along the lines of ‘If you’ve got ‘em, smoke ‘em’ Of course we can. Europeans have been dong it for decades.

Filed under:Fuel cost,Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Gas price | by Pump Girl @ 7:33 pm | 

March 11, 2011

Mr. President Says No (for now)


President Obama announced at a press conference today that the Strategic Petroleum Reserves would not be tapped at the moment.

Yes, gas is up to something like $3.50/ gal. Mr. Obama said his administration would consider releasing some of the precious stuff if gas prices keep rising, but for the moment the spigot was closed.

Oil price analysts are saying $5 gas is possible. Summer gas at least $3.75.

What’s your personal plan of action?

Filed under:Fuel cost,Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Gas price,Price Shocks | by Pump Girl @ 7:44 pm | 

September 1, 2009

Cash For Clunkers, Winner or Loser?


Cash for Clunkers ended Aug. 24. US automaker Ford cashed in big time with its Focus and Escape. So did Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda. GM & Chrysler (not many gas-sippers available) were kinda left out.

But now what? Supplies are reduced, but automakers seem to think stability is coming. Production is increasing. Sales are improving. The worst seems to be over for all.

Filed under:Energy,Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 7:55 pm | 

July 3, 2009

Six Ways That Really Don’t Improve Your Gas Mileage


Don’t believe myths about how to improve your gas mileage.

1. Never use regular gas if your manual says “premium gas recommended‘. False. Regular gas is OK and you can save $$. If your manual says “premium gas required“, you better buy it. Else engine knocking & faster engine wear.

2. Buy gas at night or early morning in the summer because cold gas is more dense. False. Even is you do succeed in buying “cold gas” (and this is complicated), the difference in density is slight (maybe 1%). Savings are marginal.

3. Shopping around for cheaper gas isn’t worth the mileage. False. Let your fingers do the walking online. If you’re traveling, crossing state lines may save you $$.

4. You need to drive 55 to stay alive (and get the best gas mileage). False. Fuel efficiency doesn’t drop until you get over 60 mph. Consistency on the gas pedal(smooth driving) makes a much bigger difference than how fast you drive.

5. A car with manual transmission will always get better mileage than an automatic. False. Not any more. Newer automatics can get same or slightly better than manual. Maybe not for city driving, but on the highway–definitely.

6. Open windows & kill A/C to save gas. False. At high speeds especially, leaving windows open increases wind resistance and cancels out the savings. Oh and btw, you don’t have to keep the A/C going full blast at all times. Once the car is cool, turn it down and adjust your vent settings.

Filed under:Fuel Economy,Fumes | by Pump Girl @ 11:12 am | 

November 17, 2008

Obama On Energy Independence


President-Elect Barack was interviewed on 60 Minutes last night.

One of the questions he was asked by Steve Kroft was about whether his priorities have changed with regard to energy independence, since the price of gas has come down dramatically. Far-sighted Obama answers:

(CBS) Kroft: When the price of oil was at $147 a barrel, there were a lot of spirited and profitable discussions that were held on energy independence. Now you’ve got the price of oil under $60.

Mr. Obama: Right.

Kroft: Does doing something about energy is it less important now than…

Kroft: Why?

Mr. Obama: Well, because this has been our pattern. We go from shock to trance. You know, oil prices go up, gas prices at the pump go up, everybody goes into a flurry of activity. And then the prices go back down and suddenly we act like it’s not important, and we start, you know filling up our SUVs again.

And, as a consequence, we never make any progress. It’s part of the addiction, all right. That has to be broken. Now is the time to break it.

It’s more important than ever.

Filed under:Alternative Energy,Energy,Fuel cost,Fuel Economy,Gas price | by Pump Girl @ 12:44 pm |