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Connecticut Gas Prices No Longer Tops In Lower 48

While Connecticut has ceded the dubious distinction of having the most expensive average gasoline prices in the continental United States to Illinois, pump prices have increased eight cents in the past week to an average of $3.90 per gallon for unleaded regular in the Nutmeg State, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Nationally, the average price for regular gasoline has increased 13 cents in the past week, to $3.63 per gallon. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

The increasing national average highlights the broad trend of higher pump prices due to rising global crude oil prices, much more expensive domestic ethanol as a result of the current Midwestern drought, and an increase in demand due to the summer driving season. However, looking at prices for individual states during this period reveals that regional price trends have varied dramatically. 

As headlines focused on the largest July increase for the national average retail gas price in more than a dozen years, drivers in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. have actually seen prices decline over the last month.  This price relief has come as refining and distribution issues have been resolved. The onset of these issues had pressured prices in the region higher late this spring—even as the national average retail price was falling. The downward pressure on regional prices from these issues being resolved has been enough to outweigh the upward pressure on prices that has sent the national average higher over the past month.

Arizona now has the least expensive average gasoline price in the country at $3.29 per gallon.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, we’re still paying less to fill up than we were a year ago, when the statewide average was $4.03.

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J. Sosallter August 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Posted evidence that an Patch opinion article author calling himself Zachary Smith used as a profile pic the picture of the actor Jonathan Harris who portrayed a character called Zachary Smith on a 60s TV show. The issue was that Patch accepted the person's article for publication; it wasn't about his comments on other articles per se. The evidence provided was the IMDB link that showed the very same pic of that actor. Next question?
J. Sosallter August 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Gosh I'm slow. So, Zachary Smith changed his profile name to Douglas Glenn Colvin (founder of the Ramones birth name). And has the gall to go get nasty because you get called on the fakery? And you're allowed to post opinion pieces on Patch as "local voice" - what a crock. Who picture did you use now?
000 August 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
J says "The issue was that Patch accepted the person's article for publication; it wasn't about his comments on other articles per se." No , of course not, J, you're nose is growwwwwwing.
J. Sosallter August 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Let's keep a running total of the name of profile name changes: Zachary Smith = Douglas Glenn Clovin = Eustace Charleston Haney; the last one was pretty quick. Already emailed the editor.
J. Sosallter August 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Posters like Zachary Smith = Douglas Glenn Clovin = Eustace Charleston Haney reveal the limits of manipulators of the Patch system.
000 August 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM
@J. Sosallter, And does it say "J" on your birth certificate. It's ok that you can accuse others of being bigots with out any proof and use initials for your name, but if somebody calls you on it you run and tell mommy!
Kaptainsteve August 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM
@J. Sosallter said; "As versions of internet trolls, Read about what Steve and PC accomplish in their respective approaches to posting. http://theweek.com/article/index/228295/thenbsptrolls-of-the-internet-a-guide " J's article says; "What are trolls? They’re the anonymous provocateurs who flood the internet with inflammatory insults, threats, and profanity." J, please provide examples where Steve or PC used inflammatory insults, threats or profanity?
J. Sosallter August 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM
http://farmington.patch.com/users/paul-chotkowski Replete with dozens and dozens of references to posters as communist/Marxist ideologues, and calling them "comrades" and similar inflammatory rhetoric.
Andrew Ziemba August 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I believe that history has shown us that genuine capitalism and competing forces allows for the greatest prosperity of all goods and services. I believe that nearly every single service provided by government would be more efficient as a private businesses. In the case of say the department of transportation, I certainly think that it is very poorly run and that the simplest solution would be to have a user fee system. Just as any other good or service, I think you should only pay for what you want to use. Why would anyone pay for something that they don't want, don't need, and won't use? It's like going out for dinner and being told that you must order a round of drinks for everyone in the room. Why would you do that? Furthermore, why would anyone possibly oppose paying for only what they use? The only people opposed to this are people who would be using the service the most. If people had to pay a proportional amount to what they use, then they would certainly pay a lot more if they use the roads a lot and they might not have to pay anything if they never use the road at all. This change would result in true market forces at work. This would mean that more people would carpool, ride bikes, and live closer to their work. The numbers right now are extremely skewed now because of the department of transportation. Lastly, this might not have worked so easily long ago, but now you can slap a "speedpass" type device on your car for pay as you go.
Andrew Ziemba August 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM
@Wtfdrez that's a shame to hear that you are an avid supporter of a man who openly states that he has no principles and will stand up to nothing to please his pals in government.
Kaptainsteve August 20, 2012 at 02:17 AM
@J. Sosalter; Again J, where are the "insults, threats, and profanity" or "inflammatory rhetoric" you mention? You still fail to cite any. You made the accusations, why don't you simply cite your proof. Simply provide quotes. Calling someone a "communist," or accusing someone of having "Marxist ideology" is not an "insult, threat or profanity" especially if the target espouses or believes in those things. I wouldn't think that Karl Marx or Fidel Castro think that calling someone of a Marxist is a bad thing, nor might Vladimir Putin, so why do you? There are many socialist professors in colleges who are proud of it. Many of our presidents and celebrities were/are Marxists. Many Americans are socialists. And, doesn't comrade mean "friend," yet you cite this word as proof of profanity and proof that Paul and I are trolls? Paul may have been sarcastic and said things that you disagree with and don't like, but to call him or anyone a bigot or a troll based on the things you have offered up as evidence (and you haven't offered any) hardly substantiates your claim. It may be that you just don't like what some people, like Paul or myself say, and that's ok, but isn't it better to rationally explain why you disagree rather than just call names and make baseless accusations?
Andrew Ziemba August 20, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Every post I have ever seen from Paul. C is honest, factual, and to the point. You can say that there is a flair to what he says, but you can't say that he's ever disrespectful or targets people for the reason of humiliating them (they do that for themselves anyway.) I don't really get it. I have libertarian views and I would never be ashamed if someone called me a libertarian or a freedom lover. I know many people don't believe in the level of freedom as I do, and that's too bad, but at least man up and admit it when that's the case.
J. Sosallter August 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I defended him from the bigot accusation more than once. To be inflammatory does not require every feature to be run every time.
J. Sosallter August 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM
It is hard pressed to say that anyone is to the post when most posts used the max number of characters available.
Kaptainsteve August 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM
@J. Sosallter "It is hard pressed to say that anyone is to the post when most posts used the max number of characters available." Again J, you make no sense and no substantiation to your claims. If you can't back up what you say, you shouldn't say it.
J. Sosallter August 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Oy. "It is hard pressed to say that anyone is to the POINT when most posts [of his] use the max number of characters available."
Jon August 20, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Well you could move to Norway, avg. $9.69/gal. or England, avg. $8.84/gal or even Italy, avg. $9.35/gal. The US has, on average, the 12th lowest prices in the world (from a report that came out this past May) What's interesting is the Canada, on avg., has a higher per gallon price than we do and they are the largest supplier of oil/gas to the US. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/united-states-low-gas-prices_n_1518169.html
James Bond August 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
O.K.. I haven't had time to read every post so if something like this is posted,skip it. WHY DO WE EVEN USE GAS? Cars today don't need to use gas, electricity, solar and other fuels have been developed, yet Detriot and Japan keep rolling out the gas users.WE need ,as a people, to say no even if it means short term problems for us. How about no buying any cars for a year....car companys would take notice.The real proplem is the gas companies and their investment in fossil fuels.Those s.o.b.'s would lobby (and have) to keep the status quo.Thus it comes down to lawmakers to have some spine and force the issue to convert. None of this will happen however, too much greed and no guts!
Andrew Ziemba August 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Sorry, businesses and businessmen are not responsible for the problem. Business act on laws and regulation, as well as propaganda that is placed into people's minds by the mainstream media. They make business decisions based on these factors. The problem is government. The problem is car regulation which requires cars to meet extremely narrow specifications. The other problem is believing that even $4 gasoline is sustainable. Did you know there are cars in the world that run on compressed air? Yes, of course, energy is consumed to compress the air, but what it comes down to is that it runs more efficiently and gets better gas mileage. Also, you can create compressed air fuel in very many ways. You can not produce more gasoline... There have been many inventions for alternative fuel sources but every single time they just get bought up by the big names in the gasoline business. I like the idea of compressed air as well as a car that runs on hydrogen. These are ideas that people have come up with, NOT ideas that government has come up with. The electric car is a government planned, subsidized, approved, advertised, propped up plan. They WANT you to use the electric car. They do NOT want you to use the compressed air car. They do NOT want you to use a water car either. In this case, government IS THE PROBLEM.
Andrew Ziemba August 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
wtfdrez August 21, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Charles, I get paid to take care of physically and mentally challenged people, I don't punch a time clock. I work 3rd shift so i can spend time with my family. I consider myself blessed, btw... you calling me a loser is the biggest complimant that I could get.
wtfdrez August 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Andrew, what's your deal? It seems like you are unhappy with everyone. At least Ryan has the guts to present a budget.
Andrew Ziemba August 21, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Ron Paul has guts to present a real budget, and he has the guts to be honest with the American people by telling them that we are broke and will enter total economic collapse soon at this rate. Paul Ryan shows no courage or leadership. I don't like liars, cheats, and thieves... that rules out most politicians. I will be supporting Gary Johnson for this presidential election since the GOP has foolishly exiled Ron Paul yet again.
Paul Chotkowski August 22, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Mr. Braun, I am no expert but as I understand it, the nation is on pace to ship more gasoline, diesel, & jet fuel than any other single export. However, this is just an increase in refined products. The U.S. is still a colossal net importer of crude oil, in part because overall U.S. oil production has sharply plunged from its peak back in the 1960s, even after the recent [and comparatively small] surge in shale oil production in North Dakota and elsewhere. So we are still importing significant quantities of Crude Oil but because domestic demand is down, we have been able to shipping distillates overseas & help our abysmal balance of trade. Just imagine what our trade figures, Federal / State taxes, and the dollar’s relative value would have been if we had built out our refining infrastructure over the last 40 years. We could have been refining and exporting significant additional quantities of distillates. Crude is virtually useless if you cannot refine it! Yet another example of the consequences [some would say intended] of the “Green is the new Red” Eco-Marxists’ destructive propaganda which has infected national industrial policy. It is rather funny when you think about it, Progressive / Socialist believe that you can “Borrow” and “Spend” your your way to prosperity but when it comes to “Energy” you have to “Conserve” in order to prosper! IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL! Mark my words Comrade Citizens, Air Conditioning is soon to be the new 16 oz soda.
Brian Hurlburt August 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Hi LiveForFreedom, Natural gas does emit emit both carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide, when burned; additionally, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide are also released when natural gas is burned. However, the amount of pounds of these harmful pollutants released per billion BTU of energy input is much less than oil or coal. In addition, there is no mercury released with natural gas, or particulate matter. I'm with you that we need to be more reliant on our own natural resources for energy, and durable goods as well.
Daniella Ruiz August 24, 2012 at 01:15 PM
http://www.oilnergy.com/datanumb.htm Buy when the six month trend goes the lowest! Plan your travels!
Daniella Ruiz August 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
while the wizards of finance in Washington DC attempt to mollify everyone's desires, it is the suppliers who essentially determine the cost of finding, extracting and delivering that lovely stuff. They are driven by simple greed, stockholder opinion and could care less about the end user. The end user is nothing more than the ultimate 'sucker' who, once addicted, cannot say no to anything, since their life now depends on the 'bubblin crude' to function in this lazy a.r.s.e. society.
Daniella Ruiz August 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
but in most euro countries, if you have need to go 'cross the country', you only have to go the same distance as, say, from Rhode Island all the way to the border of New York. so they just don't use as much fuel, at all. And they have a COOPERATIVE rail system that interconnects most, if not ALL, of those tiny countries. Compare that to the Amtrak mish-mosh that doesn't have EUROPASS type bargains for travellers! Europe is light years AHEAD of this regressive, old fart country!
LiveForFreedom August 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The question to WHY DO WE EVEN USE GAS? The answer (Wilipedia): The United States has the largest passenger vehicle market of any country in the world with an estimated 254.4 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States according to a 2007 DOT study. The question: Cars today don't need to use gas, electricity, solar and other fuels have been developed, yet Detriot and Japan keep rolling out the gas users. The answer: Detroit has rolled out the $40,000 electric Chevy Volt. Nissanhas rolled out the $35,000 electric Nissan Leaf. Go out and buy one. I would if I could afford one. Then figure out where you are going to get FREE electricity to power it? Electricity is expensive and in short supply. There is a shortage of electric power in California. The environmentalists in the United States will not let Obama build a new Nuclear power plant, a new coal fired electric plant or a new oil fired electric plant. So where are we going to get the electricity to power 254.4 million electric cars? We should be drilling for oil and natural gas in the United States. Americas has more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil.
Paul Chotkowski August 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@ stluva50s, Patch posts stories and comments on many different “Patches” I actually post on the Farmington Patch. Most Kool Aid drinking Alinskyites don’t let facts get in the way of the narrative but for the record, I grew up in an immigrant family that embraced American Exceptionalism. We lived in a coal heated apartment in East Cambridge, MA that contained 640 sq ft of space [hence the reference]. We had personal knowledge of the horrors of the Communist East block. So when I post on the subject, I speak from first & second hand reliable personal sources! If you want to live in the city - God Bless - that is what freedom is! I under no circumstance want a Progressive / Socialist government under the guise of the UN’s Agenda 21 forcing me and mine to live back in the city because it “changes consumption patterns”, “ protects fragile environments”, “strengthens the role of indigenous peoples, and whose “Implementation includes financial mechanisms” [a.k.a. international taxes and wealth transfers to the third world] all direct quotes from the document. Thank you no thank. Green IS the new Red and the environmental movement has been co opted by Eco Marxists. As BHO likes to say let me be clear, the only persons I have disdain for are individuals who have no code, no honor, and no courage so they post anonymously. Vaya con dios Comrade Guy Fawkes I hope you enjoy the Black Block reunion in Tampa. I will continue to support Freedom in the light of day!


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