Are we becoming a nation of cynics?  Out here in our little corner of the U.S., it would seem so in the matter of falling gas prices.  Last week I read online several letters to the San Jose Mercury News questioning whether the government was manipulating gas prices so they might receive more votes in the upcoming elections.  Sounds feasible.  After all, the Bushes and the Saudis have been close friends for years.  And “big oil” might be willing to do some favors for their favorite political party.  But in investigating further this is what I found.

Demand for gas is always low at this time of year.  People are done with their summer travel and it hasn’t gotten cold enough yet for the demand for heating oil to rise.  Add to this the slowing American economy and the declining threat of hurricanes this season and you  have the perfect non-storm for lower prices.

Of course our gas in California is still way more expensive than most of the rest of the nation.  I paid $2.85 a gallon on Friday.  But I have seen a few stations offering gas at around $2.70.  It’s funny how a price that would have seemed unimaginable a few years ago can be viewed with such pleasure.  I have only two words to say, ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!

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