July 2nd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Change of plans for July 4 – gas too pricey

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.fireworks.gi.jpg caption="A new poll suggests Americans are staying home this July 4. "]NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Many Americans will watch fireworks at home instead of hitting the road this July 4, according to a new poll released Wednesday, as record gasoline prices force people to make major changes in their daily lives.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research poll, 31% of Americans have canceled or shortened their planned holiday weekend vacation because of the recent increase in the price of gas.

"When consumers talk about their thinning wallets, high fuel expenses is the reason they would point to first," said Wachovia economist Tim Quinlan.

The average price of a gallon of gas rose to an all-time high above $4.09 a gallon Wednesday, according to a survey from motorist group AAA. Gas prices are now about 3% higher than last month and 38.5% higher than year-ago levels.

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  1. TESAP

    SAM I LOVE................ PUT THAT ON A T-SHIRT............

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE................. 🙂

    July 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Dan

    This is our country and we should celebrate the 4th in the best way we know how. The country is still the greatest on earth. So spend the day with your families and remember this, we will be free to vote for a better America on November 4th.

    We're Americans, don't forget it.

    July 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Watermann

    Fellow Americans, just take a few minutes of your time. Look at a globe or a map and consider the geological situation (oil and raw materials) around Iraq. What do you see? Iraq and Afghanistan as two giant aircraft carriers in the middle east, surrounded by a lot of countries names of which ending with ....an.....stan? It is like being in a big supermarket packed with all those nice little things America and the West need. Do you think someone in our countries, US and Europe, is going to risk social turmoil if the gas price is reaching $ 10-15 a gallon. Just for your information, a gallon of gas in Germany is approximately $ 7. Any more questions?

    July 2, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Crush Rush

    Fun, would be to tie a Republican to each of the rockets we set off for the 4th.

    July 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Mike - Texas

    If the democRATs would let us build refineries and drill for oil where we know oil exists then we wouldn't be in this predicament.

    There are even some democRATs working to add another 28 – 54 cent tax to the gallon of gas that you already buy.

    And there are others in Montana working to get a grouse on the endangered spiecies list that will shut down yet another oil field.

    Thank you DemocRATs for HIGH oil prices.

    July 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. b Jiggy

    y do people claim Obama is a racist? He's half black and half white...who is he racist against? U gotta be kidding me if u say he's racist against whites, such as his mother.


    July 2, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Dave

    Gas prices are to high, food prices are to high, I am quiting the world. Take it easy my friends, have a good one!

    July 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Mike - Texas

    Hey......Gas Should Be $10 A Gallon

    You sound like you must be a democRAT

    July 2, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. someone

    man all everyone has to do is vote for obama and people will be saving hundreds of dollars

    July 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. McBushed

    Dear McCain Voter,

    If you are voting for McCain, then you really shouldn't talk about IQs.

    July 2, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Tom

    McCain nor Obama, Congress nor state legislators, drilling in Alaska or offshore will NOT save us this time. The notion that 31% of Americans can't afford to take a driving vacation is exactly what we need. Forced conservation to reduce demand is critical.

    The key will be to prevent global oil robber barons from taking the surplus we accumulate and shipping it to China or India thereby artificially reducing supply, repositioning inventory and keeping prices high. This is what has been happening and what needs to be stopped. If they are allowed to do it they will. Exxon, Dutch Shell, BP will sell our newly created surplus to CNPC in a heartbeat. CNPC already spends hundreds of billions acquiring supply from everywhere US companies do.

    July 2, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. DJ, LA, CA

    If this continues...the government should nationalize distribution of gasoline including the refineries and tightly regulate markets, capacity and speculators. Only the U.S. and Britain have "free markets" which let speculators drive up the prices. Other markets overseas regulate it, but the GOP thinks regulation is bad so we don't as a result.

    July 2, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Gal From D

    To: Fella from Chicago:

    Thanks, I'd rather ride on "Obama's hot air", than swim in GW's blood for oil.

    July 2, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Mark

    The fact that so many Obama supporters think that evil Republicans are the reason gas prices are so high is very telling. It proves these people really are ignorant of how the world works and explains why they support someone like Barack Obama.

    you folks might want to google India and China

    July 2, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Laurie-SF

    And the Dumocraps want to raise gas taxes and prohibit all exploration. High gas prices have been a Dumacrap dream since the days of Jimmy Carter to encourage conservation. Obama wants to spend billions hoping to find new "clean" sources of energy, and then force everyone to get rid of their cars. Until then (maybe 10 years, maybe 20 years, maybe never) the Dumocraps want you to get used to high gas prices, no exploration, no refineries, no energy. NIMBY. LOL Democrat trolls.

    July 2, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. On_fiayah

    Hell, not only is gas too high but for a gallon of milk I'll have to give away one of my children. $5.50 is too much to feed a household. This is unfair. At least let my paycheck reflect the gas cost and the milk inflation. America, where are you now for me? I just ask this question, I love America, but does America love me?

    July 2, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Chris

    Stop blaming political parties, companies, and foreign countries for gas prices. You don't like it? Drive less. Drive fuel efficient cars (not pick-ups and SUV's). Obese America can walk or bike to their locations instead of always driving. Carpool. Be innovative instead of whining, and let pure market economics run its course.

    We need a comprehensive, long-term energy plan. Simple. Let's harness nuclear power. Let's drill where there is oil in the US. Those two plans would allow the country to be its own master of energy rather than having others determine your energy costs.

    July 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Maxine

    I wish it was $4.09-I am paying $4.79 in California-drive 80 miles round trip to work. What do I do???? Carpool, stay home and shop for groceries once a month-live 20 miles from nearest store. Budget cuts are happening in the state and a lot of us are worried about our jobs. A loaf of bread at a supermarket was $5.00......Keep it up we all might be homeless.

    July 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Karen

    Unprecendented road repair with no viable detours provided, combined with high gas prices, mean that many of us in the Twin Cities will stay home, hoping for a glimpse of the fireworks our taxes paid for. I can't remember a more grim fourth of July–economy tanking, unpopular, costly, and unnecessary war, and two presidential candidates more anxious to court voters than to provide a roadmap out of this mess. Can democracy and capitalism co-exist?

    July 2, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Snail

    Whether we celebrate at home or 1000 miles away, let us not forget what we are celebrating. Freedom. Freedom of our unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No other country has the freedoms, opportunities and blessings our country has had since it's founding. Yes, gas prices have caused us to curtail our driving. Yes, food prices are escalating. Yes, we have been hammered with hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires and many other calamities, but we are still in America, the best nation in the world! Let us count our blessings as we celebrate our beloved home of the free and the brave!

    July 2, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Justmyopinion2008

    That is wonderful because when the deman of gas in US drops drastically, it will in turn influence both speculations and gas price. I would as well propose that families/individuals plan their weekly shoppings (a weekly shopping list) and do it once a week, instead of travelling several times per week, and one would both save gas money and only buy things the family/one needs. Big bucks to be saved if one can sit down and figure out those stuff that the family/one needs for the week! Why not try to cook more at home, it is both more healthy and lots of money to save.
    Show the oil companies and the speculators that you cannot be their slaves! Good luck folks!

    July 2, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Mike

    Well maybe we can sit at home and watch the crazy one Bomb Iran with some more shock and awe. Then we can see ten dollar a gallon gas.

    July 2, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Veteran in Kansas

    Drilling will not bring about lower oil prices. First off, it takes 10-15 years to develop a new field, that means that it they would open the area today we could expect to see oil from those fields between 2018 and 2023. Does nothing for the price of oil. Second problem is that the Oil Companies currently have thousands of acres under lease that they can explore and develop, which natuarlly they have not, so currently what we are wittnessing is an attempt at a major land grab by Oil while they control the White House. But then of course the major drain is a result of oil being purcahased with dollars which out current administration has made into worthless currency.

    Susan the answer is simple, two Texas Oil Men sitting in the White House.

    July 2, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. MJ

    Blame DUMB Bush

    Blame DUMB Bush

    Blame DUMB Bush

    He is still spending a lot of money on war. McCane is another Bush.

    July 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. tigerakabj

    Yep. Unfortunately, this is what it's gonna take for us to get off our oil dependency. If the prices go back down to $1.00 a gall, we will resume buying our gas-guzzlers, polluting too much, etc.

    Alternative energy, here we come. Obama/Sebilius 2008/2012!

    July 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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