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03-30-2005, 10:57 AM
When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I
take her out to some place

So I took her to a gas station.

03-30-2005, 11:52 AM

Paul Alciatore
03-30-2005, 12:02 PM
And you wonder why you don't get no respect. No respect.

Paul A.

3 Phase Lightbulb
03-30-2005, 12:21 PM
Gas prices are kinda high right now... I Just filled up yesturday.. $66 bucks for a fill with Regular 87 octane. My truck's V10 8.0L engine doesn't help much either http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


03-30-2005, 12:34 PM
I don't feel the least bit mad about gas prices. I wish they would go to 5 bucks a litre. That way they would stop making V10 8L'rs and 6000 lb SUV's.

03-30-2005, 01:36 PM
the VW Toureg SUV has an optional V10 diesel. i don't think it will tow as much as a Kenworth though.

andy b.

03-31-2005, 02:46 AM
i don't know what you guys in the USA pay,but here in New Zealand,regular 91 costs $1.24 a litre,super 96 is $1.29.NZ$ is about 70c US.And tomorrow the government is adding another 5cents in tax to pay for the traffic problems in nz's largest city,Auckland.So they say.What's the bet the take will go straight into the general coffers?
As for suv's,the Auckland city council is considering banning them from the city limits.I don't like suv's,but I draw the line at this kind of local government interference in our lives.Where do you draw the line?No doubt city council's would like everybody to use the buses,but that ain't never gonna fly.Cars gave people personal freedom,and they won't give that up lightly.
Of course these local government wallahs all drive ratepayer funded cars themselves.
Ahhhh,feels better having got that off my chest.
Rant off,go look at some machinery! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


03-31-2005, 03:27 AM
$80.00 to fill my E150 family hauler here in So. Cal...

Your Old Dog
03-31-2005, 07:43 AM
3 Phase, anyone make you feel guilty about owning that rig you can park it in my drive! If I find something bigger I'll tell you to keep it! Hell, you probably don't need it anyway.

John Stevenson
03-31-2005, 07:47 AM
You don't want to know the price of our fuel.

Upside is we get a bigger gallon but they now price in litres http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gif

John S.

03-31-2005, 08:10 AM
Costs me $100 to fill my 3/4 ton. Ex cab, full box, 4X4. 6000 lb behemoth. Useful as hell. Will pull and carry anything and go just about anywhere. I drive it as little as possible. Daughter uses my car most of the time, so I walk or ride my bicycle (now that the snow is disappearing). If I keep the big beast, I'll exercise more!

03-31-2005, 09:28 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Flash319:
I don't feel the least bit mad about gas prices. I wish they would go to 5 bucks a litre. That way they would stop making V10 8L'rs and 6000 lb SUV's.</font>

If you can afford $40,000,you can afford $3 a gallon for the gas.

So two points #1 people have it and will pay it. and #2 Futures traders know this.

I may as well make it three points so here goes #3 Most cars are too f---ing small and as a result very dangerous.Recently a hybrid car was T-boned by a guy on a motorcycle.The woman driving the "car" was injured and taken to the hospital.The guy on the bike walked away.

3 Phase Lightbulb
03-31-2005, 11:45 AM
I'm not sure about other parts of the country, but I think about $.37 cents on every gallon goes to state and federal taxes here in MA.

I think if we all suddenly had more fuel efficient cars and trucks, the government would loose a lot of fuel tax income, so as gas prices lower, the tax would probably increase and you wouldn't see much difference in fuel price. You know how the government can be, it likes to maintain the same income levels. My theory anyway.


Your Old Dog
03-31-2005, 12:06 PM
3 phase. Los Angeles begged people years ago to conserve water. Made it illegal to water your lawn and made them put bricks into their toilets to restrict water flow per each flush.

Then, they immediately raised water prices with the excuse that they weren't selling enough water and still had bills to meet!

03-31-2005, 12:36 PM

03-31-2005, 02:07 PM
folks gripe about gas prices and buy pints of water for .99 cents, go figure.

I have a buddie that started selling bottled water about 3 years ago and he is making a killing. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

[This message has been edited by tattoomike68 (edited 03-31-2005).]

03-31-2005, 04:10 PM
Per gallon, gas is the cheapest thing you can buy at most stores! Its only $2.19 here. Milk is $2.59, Coke is $3.20, and bottled water is nearly $5.00 a gallon in 20oz bottles.

My bet is people won't stop buying the Excursion/Hummer/Suburban 7L+ &lt;14mph vehicles until it hits about $3.00 a gallon.

Prices are going to start coming down in about a month or so anyway. The govt is filling the SPR (Strategic Petro Reserve). It will probably be full in about a month (100M barrels). Price of oil will drop a ways.

We are being hit by a quadruple whammy. Oil prices are going up because the dollar is going down on the international market. The SPR is being filled. Third leg is that we are at full capacity for refineries, and there are no new refineries being built. The fourth is China is starting to consume more oil than we are. Two of these legs are likely to change. The SPR will be full soon, and China's economy is ripe for a slowdown.

Goldman Sachs released a research report today calling for oil prices to hit $105 a barrel. That would more than likely get us to $3.25 a gallon for a while. OPEC is unlikely to allow that to happen though. Sending the US economy into the dumps is bad for worldwide business. I think it unlikely that it would hit that high anytime soon.

03-31-2005, 05:46 PM
Here is the real reason gas is so high:

(Exxon) Oil company shares have been the best performers in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index for the second straight year.



"We're focusing on growing our earnings and growing our market cap, in that order," Frail said.

Mark Baxter, director of an energy institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said the long run-up in Exxon Mobil stock reflected investor confidence in the company's management and a desire to cash in on rising oil and gas prices.
Last month, Exxon Mobil announced it earned $25.3 billion in 2004, believed to be a record for U.S. companies after excluding windfalls from selling assets. Revenues were $298 billion, topping the previous leader, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., at $288 billion.


Make no mistake. The oil companies are sticking it to the consumer, and getting mega rich. When oil goes up a dollar a barrel they raise their price per gallon exponentially. Corporate greed is the root of this evil. The people turning valves don't see a dime of of these profits. You can bet the company officers and BOD are raking in record earnings though.