Gas - 5/18/04
I heard on the radio the other day that gasoline prices have reached a record level, averaging 2 dollars a gallon nationwide. Out here in California, we'd kill for 2 dollars a gallon.

Both my ugly cars were sucking fumes, so I was forced to seek fuel today for my weekly trip up to Westwood. It took me a while but I finally found 2.33 at a Shell Station, which beat out the Chevron across the street by 2 cents a gallon. The beloved Arco near our place sells it for 2.25, but they only take cash which would have required a second stop, so I had to settle. Hell, once you're paying 18 bits for a gallon of gas, what's 8 more cents?

In Westwood Unleaded was 2.55, and Premium was damn near 3 bucks. I've heard it's even worse other places. Is there a war going on in the Middle East or something?

I remember in the 1996 Presidential Election, Ross Perot suggested this idea of charging $4.50 for a gallon of gas to encourage responsible transit and use the rest of the money for the infrastructure. At the time that price seemed preposterous.

It cost 50 dollars to fill up my mostly-empty tank. I'm not sure who's getting all that money, but I'm pretty sure it isn't the infrastructure.



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