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Poll: Who’s at Fault for the High Price of Gasoline in the County?

White House report makes case that the Obama administration is doing all it can. Your thoughts?

The average area price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline dipped Monday to $4.378, but the average price is still 51.3 cents higher than a month ago and 40.7 cents greater than a year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service noted by City News Service. 

The White House is having its say, notes a Huffington Post story, unveiling a report Monday (attached) that boasts of successes by the administration in making America more energy independent over the past three years. But why are San Diego County motorists paying so much?  Who bears the most blame?

The Patch Poll debuts in San Diego County. Let us know what you think. To suggest questions or topics, write to ken.stone@patch.com.

David B Secor March 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I said it's clearly not supply and demand. And I am certainly not going to defend the Federal Reserve. But we will never return to a commodity-based (gold or any other) system. I hate to say that our money's value is based on faith, I know it sounds crazy, I won't argue that, it is crazy, but like all other major currencies, that's the way it is. The bond market always will tell you when that faith is being tested. We now live in a global economy. That's the way it is. Even after Moody's dropped our rating, the world still bought our bonds first, regardless of Moody's, because worldwide investors knew U.S. bonds were still the best. Ten year bond still hovers around 2% today. Non-oil-using speculators manipulate the price of oil, hurting consumers and businesses that actually use oil. The spike in price has nothing to do with inflation. 80% of the futures market is speculation. Fix that? There is a part of the Dodd-Frank bill that would reign in speculators that's supposed to go into effect in October, but Republicans are fighting it. And, remember, ALL OIL,as in all oil, produced in U.S. and Canada is sold on the open world market to the highest bidder. It's not OURS. With speculators controlling the futures market, everybody (except them) loses. BTW, speculators play by the same rules Republicans want the entire economy to have - none. You may think the middle class can survive in a jungle of no rules, but they'd be bringing a WiffleBat to a gunfight.
Craig Maxwell March 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
The president called out his rivals on green energy and accused them of failing to see the future. “They dismiss wind power," Obama said. "Wind power." What a great idea. Why exploit fossil fuel when you can destroy countless thousands of acres of wilderness by covering them with hideously ugly solar panels and raptor-killing wind turbines? It's so "green," "renewable," and "sustainable." Or how about "algae." Now there's a bang-up bit of Obama-style bio-fuel brainstorming!
Craig Maxwell March 15, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Indeed it "blows." And the real solution, as everyone knows (is) http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_1_environmentalism.html
Craig Maxwell March 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
That was... "An yll wynde that blowth no man to good, men say." A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546. --John Heywood
Komfort March 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
David, the clue is in this article. http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2012/03/09/north-dakota-oil-production-surpasses-opec-nation-ecuador

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