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Obama Defends Energy Policies

Vigorously defending his policies, President Barack Obama ridiculed critics of renewable energy sources Thursday, calling them naysayers and comparing them to the flat-earthers of yesteryear. Obama did not mention his detractors by name, merely referring to them as “professional politicians.” But his targets were clear. “A lot of the folks who are running for a certain office who shall go unnamed, they've been talking down new sources of energy,” Obama told a crowd of students at Prince George's Community College in Washington's Maryland suburbs. “They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas-guzzlers,” he said/CBS News. More here.

Question: Who do you blame for the current high gas prices?

Family Gatherings Trump Gas Prices

AAA Idaho predicts an increase in Thanksgiving travel, but credit that to a longing to be with family, not gas prices. The travel agency expects 14 percent of the state's population — a 4.1 percent increase from a year ago - will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday. The prediction is “not because of any major improvements in the overall economic market, and obviously not with the help of gasoline prices, but because there is a pent-up demand among Americans to spend time with family,” said Dave Carlson, AAA spokesman/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you plan to travel far this Thanksgiving? Or is someone traveling far to visit you?

Fuel Costs Force Adjustments

Montie Davis cranks up his 2002 Grand Cherokee for a 4-mile trip to the gym and a 2-mile trip to his job at the bakery department at Fred Meyer several times a week from his home near Amity Road. The way he figures it, he’s putting a lot of wear and tear on the engine of his 70,000-mile vehicle, plus dumping about $60 into the gas tank every time it needs filling. So Davis, 65, recently bought a 150 cc scooter that gets about 75 miles to the gallon. As the weather warms, he intends to take it for the short hauls and save his Cherokee for the longer fishing trips he savors. “It’s going to help,” he said/Bill Roberts, Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Have you considered buying a scooter to drive around town and save money on gas?

Gas hike end in sight?

POST FALLS - If gas prices haven't topped off yet, AAA expects them to before hitting $4 a gallon.

While prices continue to climb about a dime a week - they averaged $3.43 a gallon in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday and a nickel more in Post Falls - the end is likely in sight, said Dave Carlson, AAA Idaho spokesman.

“Given what we're seeing at the moment, it's consistent with AAA's earlier predictions that U.S. pump prices should top out in the neighborhood of $3.75, barring unforeseen events,” Carlson said. Read more. Brian Walker, Cda Press

How much does it cost you to fill up your tank these days?

Libya Rebellion Gooses Gas Prices

A local convenience store in Lawrence, Kan., had to improvise when fuel prices required more number two's than were on hand Thursday. Oil prices rose again Thursday as the rebellion in Libya appeared to have shut down even more oil production than previously estimated. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Question: How much higher do gas prices have to go before your driving habits are affected?

Idaho gas prices way above average

Idaho’s gas prices are at least 20 cents per gallon above the national average, and they’ve been that way for most of the spring, the AAA says, mainly because Utah refineries aren’t producing enough to meet demand. AAA tells the Idaho Statesman prices likely will fall in the next month./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: Will you drive anywhere for the holiday weekend, despite gas prices?

Kathy: Gas Prices Are A Crap Shoot

Kathy Hedberg/Lewiston Tribune columnizes: “A person could be tempted to become skeptical about why gas prices jump up and down with such wide variations from one part of the country - or the state - to another. Last week we were told the reason gas prices in Idaho are up nearly 20 cents a gallon more than in the rest of the country is because of financial troubles at a Utah oil refinery. Some guy in Salt Lake City bounced a check and now we here in Idaho have to pay the price. I never realized the petroleum business was that fragile. But, then, I began to wonder the last time there was a big bump in price and we were told the oil company manager’s grandma had died and he shut down the plant to attend her funeral. Oil distribution, it seems, is like a virus. Somebody sneezes and everybody within hundreds of miles comes down with the flu. More here.

Question: If you were to make an educated guess, how do you think that gas prices REALLY are set in the various parts of the state, region, and country?

Better fill-er up now

Paul Schopfer pumps  gas at the Coeur d’Alene Casino station near Worley

COEUR d’ALENE - Gas prices moved upward in recent weeks in the Coeur d’Alene area and nationally, and prices are projected to creep higher during at least the next few weeks.

In this neck of the woods, consumers said they have noticed the increase, and would change their driving habits if the prices go much higher than $3 a gallon. Others said they would just have to endure the pain, and couldn’t reduce their driving.

In Coeur d’Alene Thursday, the average price for regular gas had reached $2.78 a gallon, compared with a month ago when it was $2.55. In Post Falls, the average price reached $2.88, up 20 cents from a month ago, said AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson. Read more. David Cole, Cda Press

Where’s the best place to buy gas in your area?

Gas Prices Close In On $2 Again

 Gas attendant Scott Mathews pumps gas at DiBacco’s Service Center Tuesday in Beverly, Mass. Oil prices dropped below $36 Tuesday, with rising supplies and inventories offsetting expectations of further OPEC production cuts. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

Question: Any guesses re: how high prices will go this time?

KREM2: Demand Pushes Gas Cost Up

The author of the Lundberg Survey says prices at the pump have been creeping back up after bottoming out about seven weeks ago. He says the increase is due, in part, to demand. People are starting to buy more gas due to the low prices, and it is causing demand to rise. … Despite the rise, drivers are still paying less than a year ago. The nation wide average was $2.84 in 2008. Right now unleaded is about $1.92/KREM2. More here.

Question: What price is a reasonable one to pay for gas?

Cis: Gas Prices On The Rise

Cis: Are you paying attention to the rise in gas prices? My sister told me in S.C. where she lives it went up 20 cents in one week. She was paying $1.42 a week ago… now it is $1.61. Sandpoint has raised from $1.42 to $1.55 in 4 days.

Question: Anyone want to guess what gas prices will be at the end of the month?

JeanieSpokane Has Blast w/Cheap Gas

“I about danced a jig in the middle of the service station, in the freezing cold. Who cares!!!!” posts JeanieSpokane. “Gas was $1.49! I sat at the light by the station and saw the price and my tank was nearly empty and I jumped (in my seat) for joy! Who would think I would WANT to fill my gas tank! Woo Hoo! I think I’m going to frame my receipt! This is better than any heavily wished for Christmas present. This is even better than the yearly anticipated bonus check at work. This is a SCORE!”/JeanieSpokane, Nuts & Nonsense.

Question: Have you had the same reaction to low gas prices that JeanieSpokane did?

Online Poll: Driving More? Or Less

Have you changed your driving habits as the gas pirces have risen and fallen?/Idaho Statesman

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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