A bit of a bump at the pump

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Filled up the tank today and the gas was $3.08 -- it had held at $2.99 for more than a month. Come to find out why -- from the Financial Times:
Oil could give kiss of death to recovery
This week oil climbed to $87 a barrel, its highest level since October 2008 and prompted concerns that triple-digit crude was once again in the offing.

This was after a period of eight months when oil traded between $70 and $80, a narrow band that pleased oil producers without hurting consumers too much.

The latest surge seems to have been prompted by rising confidence in a global economic recovery, even if most traders and bankers are still cautious about supply and demand fundamentals.

Worries about the Greek economy have pegged prices back over the last couple of days but the more bullish Wall Street banks see prices climbing further, with Barclays Capital forecasting $97, Goldman Sachs $110 and Morgan Stanley $100 next year.

But the higher prices go, the deeper the concerns that they will stifle global growth. Jeff Rubin, a former CIBC chief economist and author of a book on oil and globalisation, says: �Triple-digit oil prices are going to threaten a world recovery.�
We have been through times of $4 gasoline before. If we drilled our own resources and moved away from Coal as a prime mover we would be a lot better off. Why aren't we doing this -- instead, we are frittering away billions of taxpayer dollars on so-called "renewable energy" that just moves the problems from one area to another.

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It is also going up because of the switch to summer gas blend. It's always more expensive in the summer.

http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/2010/03/07/why-summer-gasoline-means-higher-prices/

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