Looking back at how far gas prices have come

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, June 1, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- It's been on our minds for years. Remember these numbers? 99 cents a gallon. Now we can multiply that by four. As gas prices are reaching a new and increasingly unaffordable height.

"And it was set and steady at 99 cents a gallon for the longest time, when I was a teenager buying gas. $4.00 a gallon right now, is just crazy," Marquzee Hawkins said.

Ten years ago, back in 1998, you could buy a gallon of gas for less than a dollar. In June of 2000, gas in Augusta was $1.49. And even then people complained. Now, if we could only go back.

A driver in 2000 said, "I think they're way too high. But what choice do I have? I have to pay it. I have to ride."

In 2002, less than $1.10. But the numbers didn't stop there. In August 2006, gas was $2.77 in Augusta. And this past September, $2.58. Still then, two and a half dollars seemed unbearable.

A driver in 2007 said, "I try to search for the cheapest gas prices. And try to drive till I get to that gas station."

But today were looking at bigger numbers, with no relief in sight. In North Augusta we found $3.79 a gallon. That's more than a dollar more a gallon than just nine short months ago.

"I think people are pretty fed up. Very fed up. I know I am," Hawkins said.

Fed up because with each pump, the prices get closer and closer to four bucks making us all wonder just how high can it go.


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  • by Michael Location: Tampa, FL on Jun 2, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    Are you willing to accept an ever declining lifestyle? Choose: FOREIGN WARS OR DOMESTIC OIL A rapidly devaluing dollar, aggravated by the cost of the War in Iraq, contributes to rapid increases in the price of gas. If the trillion plus dollars spent fighting the war had been invested in a Manhattan Project to produce oil from known reserves in the Gulf of Mexico, the Continental shelf and synthetic diesel/gas from America’s abundant coal fields, gas would be $2 a gallon. America could be free of Mideast oil and stop sending billions to countries that sponsor terrorism. And reducing trade deficits keeps jobs in America. Every billion of trade deficit costs 13,000 jobs. $400 billion for oil last year: do the math. Harness your anger at the pump. Call Congress and demand domestic production in this decade. Raise your voice or the oil companies and politicians will assume you are ready to pay even more.
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