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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 3:25:39 PM

With today's shutdown of the federal government, many are asking if this could have an impact on gasoline prices. Even if the government hadn't shut down, gasoline prices were likely to continue their recent decline. But if the government remains closed for more than say a week or two, if could push gasoline prices even lower.

Many analysts fear an extended government shutdown could have a crippling impact on stock markets and the U.S. economy as federal employees remain out of work and unpaid. This could in turn stifle gasoline demand around the country and slow spending, and would almost certainly mean oil and gasoline prices would drop sharply.

As it stands today, gasoline prices have been on decline for 29 straight...

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shasta2e
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2013 10:31:24 AM

hoping it will go down, wouldn't it be nice if it got below $3 a gallon.
rknaak1
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2013 6:29:55 AM

I am not going to argue with the possibility of that!
46chief
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 10:19:47 PM

I have my fingers crossed!
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 8:35:34 AM

Really?
QualTekGuy
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 12:50:55 PM

Yet the administration claims no link to gas prices.
ConeyBeach
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 2:43:04 PM

One can only hope
karl13
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 8:51:57 AM

Highly unlikely that it will be anything significant.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 5:59:48 AM

maybe, but the shutdown could backfire just as well.
MichaelJFS
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 11:55:35 PM

Not today.
bston
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 11:08:33 PM

Sounds good for lower gas prices.
Revpammi
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 10:05:17 PM

I like the lower gas prices but what I am afraid of is the other cuts that may happen
Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 8:59:03 PM

I all for lower gas prices
KarateDude
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:59:38 PM

They should cut King Obama's pay and expenses like his every other month vacation for him or his wife and kids....
CyclistMO
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:39:53 PM

This is also what will happen:

3.6 million veterans may not receive benefits if the shutdown lasts over two weeks.

The CDC will stop its flu prevention program, just as flu season begins.

Food safety inspections will scale back.

About 9,000,000 moms and pregnant women will no longer receive nutritional assistance.

The Small Business Administration will be unable to process new loans.

Disability benefits could be interrupted.

(That's to name a few.)

jpj23
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:36:14 PM

An extended shutdown would also make the country default and the credit agencies would lower the government's credit rating *increasing* the overall debt for years! (Great job, Congress!) And if the international community loses faith in the dollar, foreign investments in US stocks, real estate and other places could dry up PLUS the oil market could decide to start trading oil in Euros if the dollar proves unstable.

So, let's not think short-term here.
Panama Red
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:35:12 PM

Wait and see...
caddilac
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:29:33 PM


"Extended government shutdown could mean even lower gas prices"

Great, then do it, shut down the government!

DragonLady76
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:28:16 PM

WE SHALL SEE!
TRAIN RIDER
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:23:29 PM

With Obama as President this maybe the only thing that goes down.
OOXXFF
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:23:01 PM

It's an illl wind that blows no good.
ssect8
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:22:15 PM

If you believe this then I have a bridge in Brooklyn that's for sale.
THX138
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:21:25 PM

Not very likely. Yet another vacuous promise from defective guessers
AcuraTSX
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:19:24 PM

Thank you GOP.
vjmagic
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:16:53 PM

It's always either or
Isea11
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:16:44 PM

Thank you House Republicans.
peapaw
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:15:04 PM

New joke of the day....dream on....
Tralp
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:14:21 PM

Doubtful
Hop1LA
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:14:14 PM

Yesterday's news.
oas
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:13:42 PM

Less driving. Less money available to buy gas. No wonder lower prices.
Xpoint
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:13:03 PM

Does anybody really know?
quattro02
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:11:41 PM

Thank you, Keepingoin. I agree.
Keepingoin
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:10:10 PM

It sounds quite possible, but for the wrong reasons. Hello, Tea party, please start looking beyond the end of your noses and look at the broader, more complex picture and the theory of compromise.
blitzntj
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:09:25 PM

that would be great news......less govt lower pump prices.....almost sounds like a Walmart logo
brian1145
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:08:57 PM

Can't buy gas if your not collecting a paycheck.
Can't eat either.
36IHBinder
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:07:58 PM

At least something good might come of it
srchr
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:07:04 PM

good, keep it shut down
AnObserver
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:05:24 PM

We have to take the good with the bad
robgdl
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:04:41 PM

not believing it.
Tiernan
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:03:04 PM

Roads have been even BUSIER over the past 2 days...
ftsgt
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:59:50 PM

This would be a bad sign for the economy as a while. If you wishing this to happen you don't understand that bigger picture of what it would mean. Or maybe you would after you lose your job because of a slower economy.
dad2two
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:59:20 PM

The government workeers will not be driving to work.
audreylw
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:58:30 PM

That'll be good.
PrettyLittleLady
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:55:54 PM

maybe the West Coast will get some of this benefit..
guarddog
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:53:13 PM

Just take the good with the bad.
arb0526
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:50:09 PM

ok
RAKARWOWSKI
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:48:00 PM

Shut it down until there is no dept!
RBob
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:47:52 PM

The shut down is an interesting twist, like buying gas at your local dealer and then refusing to pay for it. 25 members of the House seem to think this is a good practice...
Diesel_Ram
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:44:51 PM

Yesterdays story
SUSANCK
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:43:12 PM

We should have had the shut down earlier.
JENNYHK
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:39:04 PM

Another positive to the shut down!
99church
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:38:58 PM

unlikely
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