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but i wasn't predicting $150 until Labor Day:mad:

from wsj.com today:

So much for calling the top in the oil market.

After crude-oil prices retreated over a period of days in response to strength in the dollar, the black gold is back with a vengeance, gaining $6.56 in trading to $134.37 a barrel after another oil analyst forecast a rise to $150 a barrel, and the dollar slumped on the poor U.S. jobs report.
 

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I'm glad I had the 69 camaro in highschool when gas was 99 cents for premium! I picked the perfect time for a lotus. I'd find it hard to pay for anything more thursty.
 

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I am actually enjoying the decreased traffic in LA. These prices don't really shock me after I drove all over Italy & Spain the last 2 years. Not only do they pay around $7 a gallon, they also pay heavy tolls to drive on the freeways, like upwards of 10 Euro to go from city to city ! They also pay congestion fees to enter big cities.
Maybe these prices will encourage people to explore the idea of walking to the post office to mail that letter vs driving. There are people I work with that will literally drive 1/4 mile alone to go pick up their lunch. If something I need is within 2 miles of me and it is not too heavy to carry I hoof it 9 times out of 10. Also if they ever build the proposed train line to Santa Monica I will most likely be taking the train to and from work and drive my car on the weekends for fun. I was amazed to see a 30 or so year old guy driving around in a mini van early one morning delivering newspapers, how can he be turning a profit? I used to do that job on my bicycle when I was 12 and did not earn much cash then !

Perhaps it is time for mainstream USA to change it's lifestyle, people driving Hummers to work 30 miles away, alone, is kind of BS really.... And if paying an extra $10 at the pump is hindering a person's lifestyle, then they are living a little bit too close to the edge and might want to look into cutting down on some luxury items like cable tv , smoking, drinking etc..... Just saying.
 

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Ridership on Denver's light rail line increased 8 percent this April year-to year.
We'll all be seeking alternatives soon-those alternatives are out there and more will be developed. Telecommuting, 4 10 hour day work weeks, scooters, electric "town" cars. Things that were until recently looked down upon or disparaged will be the new vogue. It will be hardest for folks in rural areas with limited infrastructure and long distances to travel.

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You're right delise. It is time for the USA to enjoy the benefits of socialism like paying to use the roads you paid for with your taxes. This will slow things down to a less productive level so we can be equal with the rest of the world.
 

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Ridership on Denver's light rail line increased 8 percent this April year-to year.
We'll all be seeking alternatives soon-those alternatives are out there and more will be developed. Telecommuting, 4 10 hour day work weeks, scooters, electric "town" cars. Things that were until recently looked down upon or disparaged will be the new vogue. It will be hardest for folks in rural areas with limited infrastructure and long distances to travel.

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Can't wait for it to happen here , I hope LA builds light rail all over the city and county ASAP !!!

The new "in" sports car will be light weight, small, get good gas milage yet still be fast and nimble on the track - hmm sounds familiar if only such a car existed now...... :shift:
 

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You're right delise. It is time for the USA to enjoy the benefits of socialism like paying to use the roads you paid for with your taxes. This will slow things down to a less productive level so we can be equal with the rest of the world.
I was not necessarily extolling the virtues of the European freeways and tolls ,more pointing out how they pay a lot more than us and rather than bitch about it, they tend to have smaller high milage cars, take the train, and walk a lot more but also....

There are plenty of toll roads here in the US and have been for a long time. I Just drove from Madison Wisc to Chicago a few weeks ago and had to stop at least 5 times to pay freeway tolls, think it ended up costing me about $6 total. Also here in LA we have privately owned toll roads that run through Orange County, you pay the toll and you enjoy not being stuck in traffic. And a lot of bridges and tunnels across the US charge tolls even though your tax money paid for their construction, So what is your point? Is it productive for a person in a hummer at 10mpg to be stuck in traffic for 2 - 3 hours every day? Is it productive that on bad days it can take me over an hour and a half to drive the 8 miles from my work to my house ? I would love to see some of my tax money go to building nice air conditioned wi fi equipped light rail in my area so I could kick back, watch a dvd, read, do work on a laptop vs sitting there staring at the car in front of me stuck in perpetual grid lock in 90 degree summer weather. Meanwhile seems like these high prices might force lot of otherwise lazy (and fat?) Americans to think about taking the train, bus ,bicycle or even giving this new concept called "walking" a shot.
 

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In my opinion, GAS is too expensive.

This is the result of stock speculation or just plain greed.

Not fair.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this now.
 

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Hi Del,

I agree with your statements, except the "drinking" part.
Just thinking about all of this makes me want to pour another margerita!:crazyeyes
Cheers!

--Hal
 

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In my opinion, GAS is too expensive.

This is the result of stock speculation or just plain greed.

Not fair.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this now.
Agreed, this price increase is based on pure profit not shortages of oil, I think most of the high prices in Europe have always been due to excessive govt taxes - that said their freeways are amazing, smooth as a race course, banked corners etc. Didn't some governor just reveal in the news that his state in the midwest contain tons of oil?
 

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The raising of Middle East Oil is part of the plan of World Domination.
The terrorists are attacking in two ways:

1. Flying airliners into buildings, blowing up night clubs, train stations, etc..
2. The subtle, slow way: using the money from the oil profit to "buy in" to the western culture. The raise of oil is a part of the plan, destroying the economy of the western world. Eventually, all western businesses, and economies will be controlled by terrorists. Then, in the future, the final strike.

How do stop it?
Find an alternate energy source instead of Middle Eastern Oil. Hydrogen cars, nuclear plants, Solar, wind.....even nuclear cars. And find it NOW. otherwise I see a bleak future.

If you think I'm crazy, you're absolutely correct. I have an excuse, too.
I hope I'm not right.:sad:

--Hal
 

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Electric cars are coming in 2010. Hybrids abound.

Are they raising the rates because of that?

To keep their profit margin above a trillion dollars?
 

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I passed by the Tesla dealership in WLA last weekend and it made me wonder if they will eventually offer an Elise conversion kit with their batteries and motor ? Seems like it could be done fairly easy. The nice thing is the Elise seems to be the perfect starting point for any alt fuel/electric conversion since the key points will be light weight yet strong chassis and high performance steering/braking. In the long run Lotus could be in a great position no matter what happens !
 

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the only downside of light rail is you never know who'll be sitting next to you...

Tom
awesome pic - hey, why trot to more fertile hunting when you can just rail it in comfort!!

that train looks very "eastern" ?
 

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We need high mileage vehicles like this...

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