Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: One station in Calabasas is charging the highest rate in LA County - nearly $6 for a gallon.Reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, Amanda Burden went to the station and called it a virtual ghost town.She said cars peeled in but peeled right out when they saw the sign for $5.79 a gallon for regular. Said one customer, "I can't believe this! $5.79 a gallon? Oh my God!"Said another, "Crap! I've never seen it so high. This is unbelievable."It gets worse. Super costs $5.99.That's just f*cking ridiculous. I just paid $3.79 a gallon for mid-grade (89) here in Phoenix the other day. Sounds like the stations in that area are just milking customers for as much as they can get. Isn't Calabasas over on the western end of L.A.? Could it be that the station owners are just taking advantage of the higher income folks who live in that area? And how much of this price is going to the state in taxes?
Quasar: They went up 20 cents overnight. I'm sure this isn't just a gas industry money grab.
Gyrfalcon: This is gougers taking advantage of a possible shortage that might somehow occur sometime in the future someday.
Gyrfalcon: Quasar: They went up 20 cents overnight. I'm sure this isn't just a gas industry money grab.It has to be some kind of price manipulation. Even if there was a refinery fire, even with pipeline issues, unless the fire burned down the tank farms at Carson and Benicia (which I know for a fact they didn't) there is NO WAY there is suddenly no gas. It's not like all the gasoline is gone or the ability to make more has vanished. This is gougers taking advantage of a possible shortage that might somehow occur sometime in the future someday.
Fark Me To Tears: That's just f*cking ridiculous. I just paid $3.79 a gallon for mid-grade (89) here in Phoenix the other day.
TheSwizz: Gas prices need to go up and stay up. And I'm talking $7-8/gallon, at least. And it needs to be an overnight shift, a gradual increase isn't as hard of a sting. It's the only way we're going to have an attention span long enough to truly focus on an alternate means of propulsion. Yes it will suck, but only in the short term.
fluffy2097: We could fix internet congestion by making people pay a dollar a megabyte too.I mean, it'd be hard for a while, but only in the short term.
Hoopy Frood: And only for poor people and the middle class until they all buy new cars. Which is like, what, a coupla weeks?
namatad: switching from summer to winter blend?again??do they do that EVERY year ??IF ONLY there were some method of "storing" gas for a few days or weeks while the switch took place.Some method to "tank" gas.Alas, there is no reason for the refineries or the stations to do this. NONE.Why do something which would cost you profits and save your customers money??
TheSwizz: fluffy2097:We could fix internet congestion by making people pay a dollar a megabyte too.I mean, it'd be hard for a while, but only in the short term.I wasn't aware that bandwidth was a finite resource and once it was used it could never be replenished, which would cripple our world because we didn't have a backup plan in place.
CAPTIAN SLAPPY: I am going to go out on a limb here. Oil companies would much prefer to see a republican in office. Oil companies can and do fix prices in areas regardless of commodity markets. "Lets steadily raise prices for the months leading up to the election and really jump them up the last month. Will the independents still think that things are getting better when they pay 5 bucks a gallon? Want to bet all the refinery problems go away let's say around Nov 4th or 5th?
Free Radical: A barrel of oil is $89.03.So how come gas is nearly 6 bucks a gallon in CA?Let's speculate on the answer...
Verzio: Fark Me To Tears: That's just f*cking ridiculous. I just paid $3.79 a gallon for mid-grade (89) here in Phoenix the other day.California has all sorts of specialized regional blend requirements that make it illegal to bring in gasoline from (for example) Phoenix to relieve shortages (except incidentally, in your own car's fuel tank). Operating a refinery is itself very complicated (and dangerous), and requires significant planning and careful, deliberate effort to change production volume, blends, et cetera; there's no safe or economical way to meet sudden shortages in production (like one caused by a refinery going offline because of a fire). This is especially true when they're in the middle of switching blends; they can't just reverse and make more of the summer stuff.So, any supply shocks in California can't be cushioned (in anything like the short term) by diverting supply from elsewhere, or by making more. So price goes up until demand matches supply.
johncb76006: They got to pay the price if they want to live in paradise. Just as long as they stay there and don't move here where gas is $3.52 a gallon.
muck1969: idiot consumer : OMG gas prices going up!scientists, economists, and other smart people : we should look in to energy alternatives, thus reducing demand of oil, which would ultimately reduce the cost of gasidiot consumer : eff that communist bullshiat!! gimme cheap gas naow!!
fluffy2097: We could also end world hunger by not sending food to people who are hungry./it will only be a rough few months as billions starve//but then there will be enough land for your overpriced organic crap.///Who knew all the worlds problems could be solved by just denying shiat to people
Nappy Imus: This^, but it seems like a broken record, unfortunately. Been hearing such since I was a kid, and that was a long time ago. I wish it wasn't so, but this is the truth, sadly.
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