Gas prices on the rise

January 22, 2009 3:55:41 PM PST
Though oil prices went up slightly today, they've been tumbling for the past few weeks. Gas prices are, however, doing just the opposite. In fact, the average price of a gallon of unleaded in the US is $1.85. But exactly one month ago, that number was a $1.65 "It stinks. No work and gas is going up. I hope something changes," Jeff Donoflio of New Castle said.

Vanita Johnson filled up her gas guzzler today at $1.71 a gallon.

"We just got over that $4 crisis and this is ridiculous. I like $1.50. I wanted it to go down to a $1.25. It's not fair to us; it really isn't," Johnson said.

Cathy Rossi at AAA agrees, saying her watchdog agency sees no real reason for the spike in prices.

"AAA hopes that with the new president in office that energy policy will come to the forefront and that, perhaps, some answers to those questions will be coming," Rossi said.

According to AAA, oil companies have plenty of gas on hand, but the Director for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware suspects inventories are low, perhaps intentionally so. Either way, he says, alternative fuel is the only way to fight big oil companies.

"If there's not a good option to gas, and right now we don't have that, then you can raise the prices until the people stop using it, and we saw that earlier last year when prices went quite high, and we're going to see it again in the near future," Dr. John Byrne said.

"They put you on a rollercoaster, that's what they do," Ed Snaderlin, motorist, of Pedricktown, New Jersey, said.

How high prices will go is anybody's guess right now.

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