New Obama Record: 3 Years of $3 a Gallon Gas

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Hope, Change and Bankruptcy.

May 20 marks the 1,245th straight day that the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline costs more than $3 a gallon, according to AAA data. That’s nearly three-and-a-half years above $3 a gallon.

USA Today reported last September that, for the first time ever, gas prices had been higher than $3 a gallon for 1,000 consecutive days – beginning Dec. 23, 2010, through Sept. 17, 2013. Unfortunately, that awful record streak of sustained highs has not been broken. Gas prices dipped in the fall, down to $3.179 (Nov. 12), but surged again.

The national average on May 20, 2014, for regular gas was $3.642 a gallon, slightly less than the $3.653 a gallon average one year earlier.

One of Obama’s agendas was to raise the price of energy to make it more expensive for Americans to use. This environmental agenda has been met. Similar price increases in food have forced Americans to cut back and make do with less.

Fewer families will be able to afford to travel and to feed their families so that the Big Green environmental movement will come closer to meeting its anti-human goals.

This is what Obama has done to America’s working families.

  • http://www.banliberals.com/ Ban Liberals

    With a LOT worse to come.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We came close to $3/gas in January 2014. We’re now up to $3.60 and higher. That’s a 20% increase in 5 months or what, 48% a year simple? And if they bother to mention ‘it’s the economy stupid at all’ Empress Hillary will tout that as a great victory.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Glad I live in a large city where you can take public transpiration.
    Here in San Diego during a large per cent of the Obama years,
    regular gas is over $4. Right now $4.29 to 4.59 for regular.

    • Jake Green

      Ah “Public Transportation” where you fellow taxpayers subsidize your ride. Public transportation is HEAVILY subsidized by tax dollars. If you only knew the true cost of the average ride on the bus or trolley you’d gasp. Thank your fellow taxpayers for paying most of your ride next time you’re on the bus.

      • Erudite Mavin

        and thank my taxes for paying for the streets, freeways, and interstates the car drivers use.
        I am ret. Legal Support with the County Attorneys.
        I laugh at those who have to pay car payments, use credit cards for upkeep and gas, etc. and have the nerve to complain.
        I would not waste my money on that.

  • popseal

    11,000,000+ new Democrats from Mexico will end any chance of an American recovery from this ongoing disaster.

    • glenn47

      Have you read how many dead voters they have been finding lately and they think there is no problem?

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    The national average price for a gallon of 87 grade gas, on Obama’s inauguration day was $1.79(on 1/20/2009). To be truthful, consumers shouldn’t have to pay a cent more than $2.00 a gallon. Anything else is BS–its due to state and federal government taxes, and nonsense pollution regulations, and to Obama’s failure to move on the Keystone pipeline. I remember when….gas at the Shamrock station in Texas was 25 cents a gallon…and 20 cents a gallon, at the Esso station across the street….back in 1963. Even allowing for inflation, we’re still paying 3 times as much for gas as we did back then.

    • glenn47

      1.79 was exactly what it was here and it has been over 4.00 for two years. Before that it was from 1.63 in 2001 to 1.79 when BO. Took over. I filled up my car for about $12-15.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        Right. I remember the price of gas was $1.50 a gallon where I was, in 2001.

  • Adam

    Obama hasn’t helped the gas prices any, but there is also more to the $3 a gallon gas than Obama. Not defending him, I hate his guts, but the reasons for this are more complex than just his obfuscating. There are also two other factors: the economy is now much more active than it was in 2008 at the higher financial sectors, and sustaining the current oil demand requires going after hard to extract oil reserves. All of the oil reserves that gave us the $0.20 a gallon gas are long since depleted. The reserves in the ME are headed the same direction. Oil companies have to develop the deep tight oil and gas (tight means hard to extract shale oil) reserves to meet the demand, hence the cost is higher. These are a real SOB to develop since they require very sophisticated tooling to image and and extract the reserve, like steerable drilling, nuclear imaging technology, and advanced well technology. Without Obama, the fair market price of gas would probably be around $2.50 a gallon. That would probably be about the break even point. Lower than that and the oil companies will scale back production as its no longer profitable. Right now the oil companies have a good surplus of money due to the higher gas prices.

    There’s still plenty more oil to be had, but high gas prices are a prerequisite to get to it. Its not the old days anymore where you just have fields of pump jacks gushing with black gold…

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      You say “high gas prices are a prerequisite,” but the question is, “How high?” I realize that shale oil is hard to extract–witness what happened every time they’ve tried to do that in western Colorado–the high costs drove the oil companies to shut down operations. But what about the oil boom in North Dakota? That’s not shale oil extraction. If we would build the Keystone pipeline, more North Dakota oil, and cheap Canadian oil, would reach US refineries, and the price of gas would go down.

  • Dave Burke

    Gas was at $3.96 by the time Bush left office.

    • glenn47

      No it wasn’t it was from 1.79 to 1.87.

  • diditweetthat

    Yes, this is a result of BUSH destroying the economy and ultimately the DOLLAR.

    Crude oil is traded in US dollars, hence with the devaluation of the dollar due to the Bush Economic Collapse, gas costs more.