Tempers flare as gas prices rise

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Traditionally, gas prices begin to rise in late spring and continue to rise throughout the summer due to the increase in travel and demands for gasoline.

This year, however, that is not the case. In his article “Piling it up at the Pump,” Tom Fowler of The Houston Chronicle states: “On average [gas] prices climb about 52 percent between their typical low point at the end of the year and their high point, which usually arrives in late April.” He goes on to state the increase of gas prices is occurring earlier this year, and is beginning to do so from a higher price than it has in years past.

Why the increase in gas prices? According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) at www.eia.doe.gov, there are several reasons. The price of crude oil is increasing. The United States does not rely solely upon imported oil, however; fluctuating barrel prices almost directly affects gas consumers at the pump.

“It’s hard to be a college student and have to pay for everything. With the price of gas being as high as it is, it’s hard to go where I need to affordably. $175 a month in gas is too much to pay, especially since I live 300 miles away and need to be home sometimes,” said junior Laura Dickson. For students who do not live in and around the Huntsville area, the rising gas prices can mean seriously having to re-think how money is spent, and cause greater dependency on paychecks.

Senior Mitchell Walker commutes each day from Humble and spends anywhere from $160 to $200 a month on gasoline.

“I don’t mind driving so much; I just wish that the gas prices wouldn’t hit my wallet so hard. Jobs are hard enough to get, and raises don’t usually come when everything else in life inflates,” Walker said.

Unfortunately, there is no end near for the skyrocketing prices. Prices are expected to climb throughout spring and into summer. The national gas average is about $1.99 a gallon, putting the average at about 26 cents more than it was at this time last year, and seven cents more than it was priced last week. By the end of the summer it is expected to increase another 20 cents and settle at just about $2.15 per gallon. In the summer of 2004, the average national gas price was about $1.76 per gallon, nearly 20 cents less than what is available now.