Who Do You Blame For The Spike In Gas Prices?

Ask 10 different people and you might get 10 different answers as to why gas prices have spiked sharply in September.

The facts are indisputable.

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in Massachusetts is presently $3.88. That's a whopping 16 cents higher than it was just one month ago. The price has actually soared to over $4 a gallon at some Middlesex County self-serve stations.

For a list of the gas stations in Reading and North Reading selling the least expensive fuel, click here for our Commute Page.

Ask 10 different people to explain the cause of the off-season spike and you might get 10 different answers. Some have blamed OPEC, while others have blamed big oil companies. A recent rash of severe weather has been seen as a cause by some people, as have the energy polices and proposals of one political party or another. Still other people have blamed oil speculators on Wall Street.

But we want to know what YOU think. What do you believe is the cause for the recent spike in the cost of gasoline and do you think it has topped out or do you expect it to climb even higher over the next several weeks?

CommonSenseCitizen September 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM
No, it wasn't.
CommonSenseCitizen September 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Exactly. At least Ed knows what he is talking about. This is NOT a partisan issue at its core, and it is extremely immature and uninformed to politicize it in either direction.
Brandon Chapman September 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Just because something has been going on "longer than the last 4 years" is not a reason to accept it or to excuse the President's failure to act. Energy policy is in fact a political issue as both parties have differing positions and proposed solutions. My idea of sound policy is not picking winners and losers and throwing half a billion dollars at the "green energy" firm of your choice.
Michael Kushakji September 14, 2012 at 03:17 PM
The Presidents lack of an energy plan is irrelevant. What Obama is trying to do is move us off of oil dependency since it is a finite resource. To me that seems like he has a an energy plan. If you want to blame an side blame the Republicans for blind capitalism. They support the oil industry and their tax breaks, with record profits. At a minimum take away their tax credits. As for the price, the oil industries are not government owned, so if they can get away with $4 a gallon, good for them. We live in America, remember they are playing by the rules, which is making as much money for the 1% as possible. Here comes $5. Did you know that we are exporting more oil for cash overseas instead of keeping it in the U.S. for our consumers. They make more money per barrel overseas.
CommonSenseCitizen September 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I see you post a lot, Brandon. You're not only quite partisan, but extremely uninformed. You simply swallow the line fed to you by the party you adhere to without any act of critical thinking. The majority of advances in green energy that have occurred during the Obama administration were initially started under Bush. Your last comment obviously is a critique of Solyndra. But of course, because you're a partisan hack, you don't have any facts. For example, the Solyndra loan guarantee was a multi-year process that the Bush Administration launched in 2007. GASP! SHOCKING! Any comment on that? Or will you just post more vague blanket statements with no real substance to them? Apropos to nothing: domestic oil production under Obama is at an 8 year high. Also interesting to note is the USA exported more gasoline last year than it imported.


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