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June 15, 2009

Gas prices continue upward climb


Woman at gas pump


 Sun photo/Jed Kirschbaum

There was one day last week when it looked as if Baltimore consumers might get a break on gas prices -- one day when the price of gasoline stayed the same as the day before. It was a  glimmer of hope because, after all, the first thing prices have to do in order to go down is to stop going up,

That day proved to be a mirage, however, as gas prices resumed their upward march at the pace of about a penny a day.  AAA Mid-Atlantic put the statewide average price Monday at $2.58, up a penny from the day before and up 7 cents from a week ago.

 Now AAA is talking about a steady but slow increase through the Fourth of July.

“As the summer driving season ramps up, motorists are feeling a pinch at the pump,” said AAA spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella.  "We expect to see small gas price increases through the 4th of July.   We do not expect dramatic price swings like we saw last summer.  But, when people spend more money to fill up their gas tanks, they have less money in their pockets to spend on everything else and that doesn’t help economic recovery.”


Posted by Michael Dresser at 9:08 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: On the roads


See there is a fundamental problem with the prices of gas as they continue to paycheck in not continuing to increase at the same frantic pace and as such I have to make cutbacks in other areas of the budget. Please make this madness stop!

I will never understand how they get away with this ever changing prices, if almost any other company changed the price of there products this quickly there would be mass boycott. its funny i can walk into any burger king or mcdonalds and buy a burger for a dollar and its been that way for years but i never know how much my tank of gas is gonna cost me, some weeks its hard to budget how much money to keep for gas, one day its 250, the next 3 dollars.

I am pizza driver who delivers full time and am currently spending about $ 400.00 a month on gasoline as well as other car repair issues. If the cost of gas keeps going up, I will not be making a profit. Many people have already stopped tipping because they are trying to save... It's time to find another line of work...

I figured that the price of gas would shoot right back up , it will most likely set a record high this time. You didn't really think that the fuel companies were going to let us get too comfortable did you?

Hey we've still got it pretty nice here in MD. I just drove back home from Ohio University in Athens last week and out there gas was $2.92. All through West Virginia it wasn't much better.

That $.30-$.40 break is a godsend for a poor college kid, especially going in to an unpaid internship.

We should stop using a lot of gas, more gas we use higher the stop with the bigger the better cars like SUV. We should make a boycott to them (gas companies, gas station, middle easter dictator,sheiks etc) So drive smaller and effitience cars and use less energy (save electricity).
The less we'll buy it the cheaper will be.

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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