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Who Do You Blame For The Gas Price Spike?

Ask 10 different people and you might get 10 different answers as to why gas prices have spiked sharply in September. Tell us what you think.


The facts are indisputable.

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in Rhode Island is presently $3.88. That's a whopping 13 cents higher than it was just one month ago. And it seems prices are even higher, as plenty of gas stations around the state have jacked up the price well over $4 a gallon in the past week.

For a list of the gas stations in Bristol and Warren selling the least expensive fuel, click here for our Commute Page.

Ask 10 different people to explain the cause of the off-season spike and you might get 10 different answers. Some have blamed OPEC, while others have blamed big oil companies. A recent rash of severe weather has been seen as a cause by some people, as have the energy polices and proposals of one political party or another. Still other people have blamed oil speculators on Wall Street.

But we want to know what YOU think. What do you believe is the cause for the recent spike in the cost of gasoline and do you think it has topped out or do you expect it to climb even higher over the next several weeks? Sound off on the gas stations in the comments section below, and let us know where you've seen cheaper gas.

ralph September 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I blame the politicians of this country. We have so much oil here on our own soil. The technology to get it without having a huge negative impact on the enviroment is there, but the politicians won't budge because they don't to upset the enviromentalist or some other faction. Twenty years ago they said, it would take twenty years just to take the oil out of the ground and refine it to see any dramatic affect on gas prices. Well duh!!!! Here we are twenty years later, and prices have doubled. Guess they should have done it then.
Jason September 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Here here, Ralph! Responsibilty for thwarting domestic drilling lies with the president. He is a slave to environmentalist interest groups. Keystone would have brought North American oil and created jobs here. As long as we are at the mercy of foreign countries (primarily the unstable and radical mideast) we will continue to see high prices and be less secure overall. Drill Baby Drill! Real change starts in November.

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