Pump prices around $3 may look like a bargain by spring

By SANDY SHORE
AP Business Writer

Pump prices have risen nearly 9 percent since Dec. 1 and topped $3.10 a gallon this week. That’s the highest level since October 2008. The price may rise or fall a little over the next few months, but analysts expect it to range between $3.20 and $3.75 gallon by March and April ahead of the summer driving season.

That means we Chicagoans will be paying around $4 a gallon.

When will our president be held accountable for the high gas prices as President Bush was? Mr. Obama could do four things right now to help: Drop his drilling moratorium in the Gulf, announce ambitious plans to drill elsewhere (Alaska, offshore, etc.), suspend the annual EPA regulations on gas formulations that add so much to what we pay at the pump, and drop the federal gas tax. But he will do none of them, because he believes in global warming, loves higher taxes, and has no respect for the U.S. energy industry. He will do nothing, that is, unless he is forced to do something, as has happened after his November shellacking.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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