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Old Memes Die Hard

As of December 2, 2005, the average price for regular unleaded fuel in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri, and Georgia is below $2 per gallon. The national average price is somewhere around $2.09 per gallon and falling. For example check out the prices in the Atlanta area:

Atlanta (Regular Unleaded)
Current - $1.954
Yesterday - $1.966
Month Ago - $2.442
Year Ago - $1.832
Highest Recorded Price:
9/3/2005 - $3.116
Perhaps it's time for reporters to drop the hackneyed "rising fuel costs" or "higher fuel costs" from their stories?

Update: Tom Blumer sends along word of a poll appearing in The Wall Street Journal today which shows 43% of the country believes we're in a recession. He passes this advice on the Republican majority, "[I]gnore the polls, vote the reality."


Comments (21)

90% agree, except....... (Below threshold)

90% agree, except....
Natural gas, diesel and home heating oil are still running high.

Diesel, at least, always la... (Below threshold)

Diesel, at least, always lags behind the trend in gasoline prices hereabouts.

I had to bitchslap myself y... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I had to bitchslap myself yesterday when I realized I was nearing orgasm over paying $1.92 a gallon.

Gas here in Iowa is under $... (Below threshold)

Gas here in Iowa is under $2 in most places. This morning I had to go fill up, and it was $1.869.

Not only are the natural ga... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Not only are the natural gas prices rising - dramatically - but we still have had a massive increase in the price of gas. It isn't necessarily a Republican attack. If you started driving 10 years ago, you've seen the price almost triple. A very big deal.

-jp2

But still cheaper (adjusted... (Below threshold)

But still cheaper (adjusted for inflation), and more available, than in the Carter Malaise.

$2.19 here in Seattle. Down... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

$2.19 here in Seattle. Down from $2.23 just last night.

$2.19 here in Seattle.</... (Below threshold)

$2.19 here in Seattle.

Dang -- that's almost half the price of a small cup of coffee!

Rock on.... (Below threshold)

Rock on.

Just spent a week in my hom... (Below threshold)
DL From Heidelberg:

Just spent a week in my home state of NJ. Regular unleaded was going for $1.85 a gal. at Hess.

I live in the metro Atlanta... (Below threshold)
Bat One:

I live in the metro Atlanta area, and I filled up yesterday at $1.749 per gallon.

I just received a notice fr... (Below threshold)
Yolanda:

I just received a notice from an overnight courier service. They're dropping the 2% fuel surcharge they had previously tacked on but are now increasing package and freight rates by 5.5%. I have this feeling that none of the vendors that had tacked on fuel surcharges are going to rescind them.

Shoshone, CA last weekend: ... (Below threshold)
anachronda:

Shoshone, CA last weekend: $3.06. Pahrump, NV, just 20 miles away: $2.29.

I was pleasantly surprised,... (Below threshold)

I was pleasantly surprised, in my expensive part of the U.S., to see gas prices have sunk almost to the $2.00 mark (almost being $2.20). Nary a word in the local press. Fortunately, this is one of those disconnects between the press and reality that must impinge on the public's consciousness and, perhaps, educate it about the press's perfidy.

Weird. Just outside Ann Ar... (Below threshold)
joe:

Weird. Just outside Ann Arbor, prices have jumped from 1.99 Monday to 2.09 and today 2.19. Wonder what's up.

Price Update:Atlanta... (Below threshold)
bf:

Price Update:
Atlanta: $1.86 per gallon.

I filled up two days ago at that price. The highest I've seen this week is $1.90.

Price Update:Atlanta... (Below threshold)
bf:

Price Update:
Atlanta: $1.86 per gallon.

I filled up two days ago at that price. The highest I've seen this week is $1.90.

Wasn't gas in Atlanta like ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Wasn't gas in Atlanta like $5 just after Katrina?

Peter F.Yes, it wa... (Below threshold)
Bat One:

Peter F.

Yes, it was... for all of one afternoon, and due largely to an unfounded rumor regarding damage to a local pipeline. The next day it started to settle back to the $3 national average.

Atlanta is a huge and dynamic market for almost any sort of product or service. But it is also the most competitive market as well.

Peter F. wrote:<br /... (Below threshold)

Peter F. wrote:
Wasn't gas in Atlanta like $5 just after Katrina?

Bat One replied:
Yes, it was... for all of one afternoon, and due largely to an unfounded rumor regarding damage to a local pipeline.

And in fact, that was $5.879 at one gas station. The picture of its price sign was so widely circulated (thank you, MSM) that people across the country thought every gas station in the area was charging that much on a permanent basis.

43% of the country thinks w... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

43% of the country thinks we're in a recession?

Hmm, when a large percentage of the country thought Saddam was behind 9/11, Bush was blamed for that --- even though nobody in his administration made that statement.

The press HAS openly downplayed the economy for a few years now.

So, Bush is bad because he didn't actually try to skew public opinion towards a false belief --- but the press ISN'T bad because they DID try to skew public opinion towards a false belief?

Weird.




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