Since I was between 1 and 9 years old in the 70's I do not remember the fuel crisis. What I see now is increasing cost of gas and increasing profits by the oil companies. That tells me the increase in cost is coming directly from the oil company and no where else. I think they could afford to forgo some of these record profits and pass some savings onto the consumer. As for paying $3.00/Gal for soda from a vending machine, I do not drink a gallon of soda for every 18 miles I drive. To compare the cost of soda, milk, bottled water to the cost of a gallon of gas is apples and oranges. If the increase in oil costs only cost me $800/YR in increased fuel costs, that would be one thing. But take into consideration increased cost of everyday goods that we use that are increasing because of increased fuel costs. I work in a manufacturing enviroment. The bonus I have received every year is in jeopardy this year because of incresing material costs as a result of rising oil costs and increased transportation costs to get material and to get product to market. Not to mention, where is the cost cutting going to come from in next years budget to compensate? My educated guess, SALARIES! Okay, we pass the increases onto our customers. Then the Lowes, Home Depots, and Walmarts pass it onto their customer, ME. A vicious cycle where the consumer gets it from all sides. It's not just a couple hundred daollars at the pump that's at stake here.
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