U.S. Gas Prices Have Fallen for 91 Straight Days, a Relief for Consumers - The New York Times

  

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By:   Isabella Simonetti (nytimes)

U.S. Gas Prices Have Fallen for 91 Straight Days, a Relief for Consumers - The New York Times
The steady decline is also a welcome development for policymakers trying to cool off the economy.

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13inflation-briefing-gas-articleLarge.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale The price of gasoline fell steadily in August but is still higher than it was a year ago.Credit...Hiroko Masuike/The New York Timesauthor-isabella-simonetti-thumbLarge.png

By Isabella Simonetti

  • Sept. 13, 2022

The price of gasoline continues to fall steadily, easing pressure on American consumers as the cost of filling a tank continued to tumble from record levels reached earlier in the summer.

Gas prices fell 10.6 percent in August, which helped moderate still-sky-high inflation, Tuesday's Consumer Price Index report showed.

The energy index, which tracks gasoline and electricity among other energy sources, dropped 5 percent last month, as electricity and natural gas prices rose.

After peaking at $5.02 in June, gasoline prices have dropped for 91 straight days, and the national average stood at just over $3.70 a gallon on Tuesday, data from AAA show. But analysts point to a few reasons this streak of declines is unlikely to continue.

Because they're determined by oil prices, gasoline prices are also susceptible to a wide range of challenges, like hurricanes that knock out drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and efforts to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine by curbing its ability to sell crude on the global market.

While gas prices are down, the overall energy index still remains up 23.8 percent over the 12 months that ended in August. Electricity prices alone jumped 15.8 percent, representing the largest 12-month increase since August 1981, the inflation report said. The jump in electricity prices is largely attributable to the high cost of natural gas, said Laura Rosner-Warburton, an economist at MacroPolicy Perspectives.

As winter approaches, other fuel prices could influence inflation data. The cost of heating a home with natural gas, the most common source of home-heating fuel in the United States, is expected to jump more than 25 percent from last year, to $952 for the six months from October through March, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association.

"You would expect that a hard winter could create a significant increase in demand in price of natural gas," said Bryan Benoit,U.S. national managing partner of energy at Grant Thornton. "And then of course all of this is further exacerbated by what's going on with the war in the Ukraine."

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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

The price of gasoline has gone down every day since President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

Exactly, cause and effect.  Voodoo economics.

 
 
 
JBB
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1.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1    2 weeks ago

original

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

Exactly, that brings the price of gasoline down, that and chicken entrails.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.2  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

So draining the strategic oil reserve of millions of gallons of oil had nothing to do with it? Then WTF is Brandon doing tapping it? It is for emergencies only. Trying to preserve a Democrat majority in Congress is not an emergency.

That bill is coming due. We will all get to see the affects when the US government has to resupply every last drop they took with oil over $100 a barrel.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ronin2 @1.2    2 weeks ago
So draining the strategic oil reserve of millions of gallons of oil

You're not supposed to remember stuff like that.  It destroys the narrative and makes people cry.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

Probably going to rise again since production was cut back

 
 
 
Revillug
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1.4  Revillug  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

Cause and effect?

Who cares!

I'll take the good news as it comes along.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
1.4.1  Sparty On  replied to  Revillug @1.4    2 weeks ago

And ignore the bad news ....... great plan!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.4.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Revillug @1.4    2 weeks ago

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Tacos!
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1.5  Tacos!  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago
The price of gasoline has gone down every day since President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act!

If you think I’m thankful for gas being only $5+ per gallon, you’re out of your mind.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @1.5    2 weeks ago

It's not President Biden's fault if you're paying $5+ per gallon.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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1.5.2  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @1.5.1    2 weeks ago

Oh I think there are many reasons for various prices increases over the last year or two. I don’t blame Biden for all of them, but he has had a little time now to bring them down further than this. He’s in charge right now. If he wants credit for bringing down prices a year and a half in to his administration, then he gets some blame, too, for it taking this long.

Regardless, placing blame was not my point.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.5.3  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @1.5.2    2 weeks ago

I'm only paying $3.40 a gallon now.

 
 
 
Revillug
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1.5.4  Revillug  replied to  Tessylo @1.5.3    2 weeks ago
I'm only paying $3.40 a gallon now.

If only we could pour gasoline on our cornflakes.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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1.5.5  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @1.5.3    2 weeks ago

More foundational to the price I pay for gas is the fact that I live in California, where, by law, we can only pour specially brewed, local IPA gasoline in our cars.

Some years ago, I had reason to drive to Texas. Every time I crossed a border, the price of gas went down like 30 cents.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.5.6  Tessylo  replied to  Tessylo @1.5.3    2 weeks ago

I'm in Maryland - Columbia, generally buy my gas in Ellicott City or Catonsville, I see you're being facetious about the brand, but okay.  

 
 
 
Revillug
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1.5.7  Revillug  replied to  Tacos! @1.5.5    2 weeks ago

There was a story on NPR about gas prices and they explained the bind gas station owners are in. They buy gas at a particular price point in time and then the market price fluctuates beyond their control. They are often in a position of selling gasoline at a loss and depend upon the convenience store at the gas station to pay the bills.

It does really explain the price difference between counties and states. I wonder what's behind that.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Only another 30% or so to go get it back to what it was when he was sworn in.

Will  the US burn through its strategic reserves before we get there? Time will tell. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

This is like feeling good about buying something at a 50% discount after it was already marked up another 100%.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4  Texan1211    2 weeks ago
After peaking at $5.02 in June, gasoline prices have dropped for 91 straight days, and the national average stood at just over $3.70 a gallon on Tuesday, data from AAA show.

Gee, that must mean the Sunoco station in the Bronx must be at around $2.75 or so.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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4.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Texan1211 @4    2 weeks ago

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