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What do the Recent Oil Price Highs Mean for Consumers at the Pump

OilPrice.com-Econbrowser -- Crude oil prices this week reached their highest level since last April. What will that mean for U.S. consumers at the gas pump?

The first question to be clear on is which crude oil price we're talking about. Two of the popular benchmarks are West Texas Intermediate, traded in Oklahoma, and North Sea Brent. Historically these two prices were quite close, and it didn't matter which one you referenced. But due to a lack of adequate transportation infrastructure in the United States, the two prices have diverged significantly over the last year.

My rule of thumb has been that for every $1 increase in the price of a barrel of crude oil, U.S. consumers are likely to pay 2-1/2 more cents for a gallon of gasoline.


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Submitted Feb 23, 2012 By: NOTSOGRN
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doh
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Refineries are taking the fuel we have cut down on using and are selling it to other nations for larger profit prices and they say supply and demand well if you are selling our fuel that we have cut down on and selling it to others then we will never ever have a shortage of demand in our country.
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It means they own us!
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It means higher prices at the pump, dummy. Speculators will make it so.
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brown bag lunches
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Prices at the pump are fixed. Speculators have driven up the price of oil. What is it doing to the people? Screwing us.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:54:07 AM

Higher oil prices => higher gas prices.

Next up: water wet, fire hot.
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Isn't the answer obvious?
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:53:24 AM

We've got about $1/gal to go before the next recession.

The scene is set to look exactly like the 1970s stagflation. There was the recession of 69 & recovery (except this recession was much, much worse, and the recovery only exists on the stock market meaning that the next dip will be more severe since it will reveal the hollowed out center) followed by the oil embargo, followed by another 8 years of economic misery.
I predict stagflation of the 1970s + unemployment of the 1930s. Hope you're up to date on your adjustable-rate debts!!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:52:27 AM

It means everyday items will be at higher cost
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:51:30 AM

Seems like a pretty stupid headline. What do they think a big increase will mean?
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Someone got paid to write this ?!
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Soon everyone is going have to use bicycle to work like it or not.
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Retarded article
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:49:11 AM

well I think we all know we're paying a hell of a lot more than their estimates......far more
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HIGHER PRICES, DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Have a happy retirement on January 20, 2013, Mr. Obama.
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LOL
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STUPID HEADLINE!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:44:06 AM

well thats a hard one ( not ) it means we pay more for those who don't get it
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We'll have to pay more? DUH!
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Do you think this headline writer should be retrained. Living in the dark he may be a better deep shaft coal miner.
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YOU DONT SAY SHERLOCK.
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Glad my two oil wells are making 4 barrels a day!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:38:29 AM

whatever.
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Sucks the energy out of the economy. Thanks Washington.
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BS....
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One of my stations went from 3.459 for a gallon of regular to 3.659 a gallon in the time it took me to run an errand and come back home. Watched the ABC News last night and the priced jumped .10 cents while the reporter was giving her 5 minute commentary
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It means spending more money we don't have.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:33:48 AM

crude oil prices only affect prices at the pump when they go up...
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duh.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:33:14 AM

Depends on where you are. However, overall, it will result in higher prices over all in almost everything. With salaries lowered and cost of items increasing, there will definitely need to be more belt tightening going on.
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OK
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:33:00 AM

Let's try another formula: crude prices increase = gas pump increase..crude prices decrease = gas pump increase!
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Pump prices are driven by fear from the speculators.
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Take the Federal and State Governments out of equation and Gas would drop below $2.00 a gallon. Taxes and over regulation is a hidden Income Tax!
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Recession 2.0 here we come.
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Higher prices on everything. Not good for the economy.
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I am not sure the price of oil has to go up before there is a price increase at the pump. It seems to me that the mention of higher oil drives the price up.
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its fixed
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We're getting screwed.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:27:51 AM

*Simple: crude up = pump prices up.*~~GreenLegend

HA! Used to be that way! Now it's crude up = pump prices up. Crude down = pump prices up!

[Edited by: chvytruk at 2/23/2012 11:29:44 AM EST]
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I don't need to read this article to answer that question. Neither does anyone else - We are getting raped!
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It means I will be staying close to home this summer.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:23:38 AM

Simple: crude up = pump prices up.
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Don't worry the price will come down once everyone stops buying cars, groceries, houses, and other essential items; but of course everyone will be unemployeed again!
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i wanna trade it too.
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Only an idiot would write something with that headline!
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less food
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qualifies for the "DUH award of the week"
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:17:21 AM

Boy, you hit that on the head of the nail there ss70! It also means a big hole in the pocket every where else, like at the grocery store, department store, discount store, etc.

It's also what Obama said would happen if you elect him when he was running before. Higher energy prices result in higher prices for everything else, and our wages aren't keeping pace.

[Edited by: LanguageMan1 at 2/23/2012 11:18:55 AM EST]
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