Gas prices dropping but PLEASE resist the temptation

@xfahctor (14126)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
August 4, 2008 8:41am CST
Well, there they go, gas and iol prices are dropping finally. And it looks as if the trend will continue. One economic analyst says we could see 3.50 a gallon very quickly. Many factors fit in to the recent trend. Two of the big ones are apparent. One being the fiery debate over offshore drilling that many are now behind on both sides of the political fence. the second and this is the one that concerns me, is that because of the high prices, consumption is down. We are all using a lot less these days. In light of this, with gas prices dropping, please resist the temptation to start using more again. We have used an average of 5% less gas in the last 6 months, it's not a huge amount but it has made a little bit of a difference. So I ask you all again, please don't give in to the temptation to start driving more. I also want to say this is not a political thread so keep any partisan bickering out of it. Other than that, discuss away.
4 responses
• United States
4 Aug 08
Gas would have to go below $2 per gallon to tempt me, so don't worry about me driving more.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Aug 08
I'm hoping most people feel this way. Otherwise it will skyrocket right back to where it was.
@rocker21 (2717)
• India
4 Aug 08
Great news i hope Indian government does that too its way too high here its Rs.50 for 1 liter.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Aug 08
The price of gas here is mostly set by the refining and oil prices. The only influence out government has on gas prices is the federal taxes imposed, and that in itself isn't a huge amount. I think it figures to 40 some odd cents.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I don't drive much becasue even at $3.50 a gallon it sill takes over $50 to fill my gas tank in my car and I can't afford to pay that very often. The last time I got gas it was $3.59 has gone down about .41 cents a gallon so it does help.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Aug 08
We haven't gone down a huge ammo nut here yet, still at about 3.93 in new hampshire. Maine seems to be a little lower at 3.85
@trish32 (1471)
• United States
5 Aug 08
My days of frivolous driving went the way of the wind back when the gas prices started rising above $2.00 a gallon. This also is about the same time I realized that gas prices are more a matter of speculative games and profit hungry oil/gas companies. I'll be damned if I'm going to line some rich company's pockets while mine are full of lint (have you seen the article about a certain gas/oil company's record profits??? Kind of hard to prove the prices had to be so high when their profit, not revenue, is at an all-time high!)