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As If You Needed Another Reason

November 3rd, 2008 by Madeleine Robins

I got this in an email.  Pretty certain the gas prices are photoshopped in, but also pretty certain that they’re accurate.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my traditional Election Day exhortation to vote or else, but in the meantime–go fill the tank, why don’tcha.

I must also add that my Father designed that Arco logo sometime in the sixties.  Nice to see it’s still in use.

Posted in Daily Life, History, Mad, Politics | 3 Comments »

3 Responses

  1. Ken Houghton Says:

    Looks as if the Clinton/Gore shot is a bit optimistic; gas prices around the end of 2000 were running in the neighborhood of $1.50-$1.60 (see link; blended price).

    Speaking for those of us paying $1/litre right now, and considering that low, I remain unsympathetic to the argument that inexpensive gas is good. Otoh, that it was relatively less expensive is empirical.

  2. Madeleine Robins Says:

    Looking at the relative youth of Clinton and Gore in the first picture, I don’t think that’s less than a dozen years ago–maybe more.

    I’ve said for years that we were underpaying for gas in this country, and driving accordingly. But having gas go up three times its initial price–without there being a deliberate, stated policy to raise gas prices in order to, say, help reduce consumption–is a bit, um, much.

  3. Walt Says:

    Oil prices, I suspect, won’t care who is elected. Unless he starts another war, of course. By the way, gas prices in Seattle are running about $2.60 a gallon, though it fluctuates a lot, from one block to the next.

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