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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Upstaters beginning to notice gas prices?

Even if your only source of information is the old media, you might have seen this shocking story today.
High gasoline prices have Theresa Impink and her family thinking twice before taking the car out for a drive.
Impink, her husband and their two teenage children try to determine if the trip is worth the cost.
“We’re consciously cutting back on all travel because it’s getting too expensive,” said the 38-year-old Frankfort resident.
The most difficult part is Impink’s 50-mile roundtrip drive to Rome every day for work. To fill the tank of her SUV costs about $56, and a full tank only lasts between five and six days, she said.
“What I’ve done is adjust my whole budget.”
Keshia Clukey, the professional journalist who dug up this news, forgot to ask the financially strapped Ms. Impink if she is aware of the fact that the Obama administration wants high gas prices.
This barely made a blip in the news when it was first reported, but read what President Obama’s Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had to say about gas prices back in December:
In a sign of one major internal difference, Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.
“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.
And now you’re paying $4  a gallon. not quite European prices, but no fun nonetheless.
 Will Upstaters vote to reelect Obama?  Stay tuned.

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