Check Your Pressure

December 12, 2000 $1.42 White smoke indicates Supreme Court has chosen new president.
April 30, 2001 $1.62 Cheney: “Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.”
August 6, 2001 $1.37 "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S."
September 11, 2001 $1.52 Bin Laden strikes in U.S.
September 11, 2001,
2:40 p.m.
$1.52 Rumsfeld: "Best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H. at same time."
October 7, 2002 $1.43 Bush: "Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."
March 27, 2003 $1.64 Wolfowitz: "We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon."
April 11, 2003 $1.59 Rumsfeld: "Stuff happens."
May 17, 2004 $2.01 Colin Powell, responding to Seymour Hersh’s report that Abu Ghraib was not an accident: "Watch America — watch how we deal with this."
April 20, 2005 $2.23 Bush: "I wish I could simply wave a magic wand and lower gas prices tomorrow. I’d do that. Unfortunately higher gas prices are a problem that had been years in the making."
August 15, 2005 $2.55 The corner Mobil posts a sign explaining that adjusted for inflation, 1981 gas cost $3 per gallon…
September 5, 2005 $3.06 …but the sign soon disappears.
December 11, 2006 $2.29 "Access to the Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030." (2007 annual report, Energy Information Administration)
September 20, 2007 $2.78 The U.S. dollar drops to parity with the Canadian loonie for the first time since 1976. The Canadian dollar was worth 62 cents in January 2002.
February 28, 2008 $3.13 Bush: "You’re predicting $4 a gallon gasoline? That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that."
May 20, 2008 $3.79 Newt Gingrich announces "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less"
July 21, 2008 $4.06 McCain attack ad: "Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?"
July 31, 2008 $3.95 AP: "Exxon Mobil reported the fattest operating profit in U.S. corporate history."
U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices [DoE]
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