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Gasoline Rising To Holiday High As Storm Surge Presses Obama

Posted By admin On August 29, 2012 @ 3:08 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Asjylyn Loder
Bloomberg [1]
Aug 29, 2012

Hurricane Isaac and a deadly blast at Venezuela’s Amuay refinery pushed gasoline to an almost four- month high and threatened to revive a debate about energy costs in the run-up to the presidential election in November.

Futures jumped yesterday in New York as Isaac forced closures of Gulf Coast refineries and reduced rates at others. That market is also reeling from an Aug. 25 explosion in Venezuela that killed at least 48 people and closed the country’s largest fuel-making plant. Futures are up 23 percent since their 2012 settlement low of $2.5501 a gallon on June 21.

Prices at the pump will be the highest ever for the U.S. Labor Day holiday, AAA said yesterday. The surge reignites an issue that has pitted President Barack Obama, who has called for the elimination of billions of dollars of subsidies enjoyed by the oil and gas industry, against the presumptive Republican nomineeMitt Romney. It also spurs speculation that Obama will release supplies from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ease prices for consumers.

“Given this administration’s belligerent rhetoric against the oil industry, it’s going to be very easy for Romney to pin the blame on Obama,” said Stephen Schork, president of Schork Group Inc., a consulting firm in Villanova, Pennsylvania. “The White House will be on the defensive. It makes an SPR release likely sooner rather than later.”

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[1] Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-28/gasoline-rising-to-holiday-record-as-storm-surge-pressures-obama.html

[2] Record-high Labor Day gasoline prices greet Democrats in Charlotte: http://www.prisonplanet.com/record-high-labor-day-gasoline-prices-greet-democrats-in-charlotte.html

[3] Tropical Storm Isaac Should Rival Hurricane Katrina: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tropical-storm-isaac-should-rival-hurricane-katrina.html

[4] Rising gasoline prices sour U.S. consumer mood: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rising-gasoline-prices-sour-u-s-consumer-mood.html

[5] Gasoline Prices More than Double Under Obama: $1.84 to $3.85: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gasoline-prices-more-than-double-under-obama-1-84-to-3-85.html

[6] Storm Clouds Rising Over Obama’s Likely Secretary of State Nominee: http://www.prisonplanet.com/storm-clouds-rising-over-obamas-likely-secretary-of-state-nominee.html

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