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My Prius gets 50mpg in winter 55mpg in the summer. I can take a 6 hour trip on one tank. $35 is a big fill up for me. All those cheap Suburbans and giant pickups pay over $100 I bet. Not to mention all those horrendous CO2 emissions. I'm sure your kids will appreciate your conservation efforts one day especially as we move toward 10,000,000,000 people on the planet by 2050.
Interesting that we are told of refineries "closing for winter maintenance," when in actuality the refineries do not shut down completely for such maintenance but reduce production. Further, such maintenance has been completed already, yet overall refinery production remains at around 80% nationally. The article also neglects to mention several refinery closing on the East Coast last year, with 2 more scheduled for closing this year. In short, the industry, faced with increased oil supply and declining gasoline demand in this country, is restricting gasoline supply at the refinery level to prop up gasoline prices. As usual, the "drill, baby, drill" crowd has it all wrong. We could triple oil production in this country tomorrow and gas prices will still rise, thanks to the refinery bottleneck created by the oil industry itself.
They are really not that high. In Europe they hover between $6-9/L. Yes that's L not Gallon. So, thank your lucky stars you can push a 3000lb vehicle 20miles for only $3.69. If you don't like it you can always buy a more fuel efficient vehicle.
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