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What’s the most you’d be willing to pay for a gallon of gas?

Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd Street on March 22, 2011

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“Ninety-nine cents, but we’ll pay what we have to pay.”

Photo of Jessica Alves

“I don’t drive so it doesn’t bother me.”

Photo of Katie Sparks

“It depends on what I have to be driving for.”

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“We have to pay what they ask. We have no choice but to buy.”


Scott Drummond 4 years, 1 month ago

So do the politicians who the oil companies fund.

fu7il3 4 years, 1 month ago

Any other answer is just deluding yourself. Buses don't go everywhere.

SinoHawk 4 years, 1 month ago

The oil companies don't set oil prices. "Big-Oil" is only 6% of global supply, and governments are nearly all of the rest. OPEC are the ones who more-or-less have a stranglehold on prices of oil, but don't forget how much is tax.

RoeDapple 4 years, 1 month ago

Our first born child is getting rather jumpy these days. Just sayin' . .

Flap Doodle 4 years, 1 month ago

For the first 8 years of this century, every uptick in the price of gasoline was blamed on the White House. Gas is still going up but now the Mope in Chief bears no responsibility for that?

Kontum1972 4 years, 1 month ago

he also was responsible for the space shuttle blowning up...... and the earthquake and tsunami......(sp)and the big moon the other wiki drips...and the vietnam war......and korea......

Scott Drummond 4 years, 1 month ago

I seem to recall the President proposing to spend money on high speed rail alternatives, but the republicans stand in his way.

Cash for Clunkers removed inefficient cars from use in an effort to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but republicans criticized and stood in the way of that too.

President Obama set higher mpg fuel standards and sought the development of hybrid and plug in vehicles, but the republicans stood in the way of that too.

I think Americans can see who is to blame for their being held hostage to the oil and road building industry.

tomatogrower 4 years, 1 month ago

Americans only have themselves to blame. They keep electing these fools, and they keep buying huge vehicles, so they can put their kids far away from them while driving. Some even pop in a movie for the kids, so they don't even have to talk to them. Can't have the kids in a small car. They might have to communicate or look out the window.

Boosh 4 years, 1 month ago

I know, right?

I always seemed to be within smack distance when I were a child.

Larry Bauerle Jr. 4 years, 1 month ago

High Speed Rail. That will get us all to work here in the middle of the nation.

Grundoon Luna 4 years, 1 month ago

It seems to me the largest increases have come since the election. The oil companies knew they could do what they wanted at that point and it would be hard to get a windfall profits tax passed with the new house. People told me to get off the pipe when gas started to drop in July 2008 and I said watch, it will be $2.25 by the election. On election day I think gas was 1.799/10. Since November 2nd gas has gone up about $1.25. Mark my words: 1st quarter 2011 will again see record profits for oil companies. I say the president should executive order some windfall profits tax on the oil companies azz. And they don't need the subsidies and haven't for a long, long time!!! Go ahead right-wingers justify why the oil companies deserve the subsidies. You're all over corporate welfare, but forget about helping your fellow man or protecting the environment.

bad_dog 4 years, 1 month ago

"It should bother you, Jessica. It should."

Especially if the price gets so high that folks don't want to go buy dinner at the drive through any more.

independant1 4 years, 1 month ago

About $1.20. The current cost of a gallon of compressed natural gas in KS. Of course the closest CNG filling stations are in Topeka and Shawnee, KS. CNG costs about 63 cents per gallon in Utah but about $2.50 in California.

pace 4 years, 1 month ago

Is that in Koch bucks , pre oh I mean untaxed dollars, or just regular working family dollars after taxes.

independant1 4 years, 1 month ago

If I have a choice? 16.9 cents per gallon. Give me a dollars worth of gas, two quarts of oil and wash the windows.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

I believe about 70% of voters supported the T money. As demand grows so will bus routes.

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Kris_H 4 years, 1 month ago

You're gonna have to move to AZ to make that golf cart thing work. They might have nice level sidewalks to run them on, and no snow. :D Don't get me wrong, though, I would love to drive one to work and the grocery store. But considering that I had trouble getting my car out of my neigborhood a couple of times this past winter, I don't see that working out for us.

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FlintlockRifle 4 years, 1 month ago

I like about $1.50 price, when I was young gas was 12-16 cents a gal, plus they checked the oil, tire pressure and wahed your windshield, wow Memories , they should write a song about Memories---hey wait they did.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

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gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 1 month ago

You see him rollin' on his hover-round, you be hatin' (or something). Lawnmowers are one of the most polluting devices available. I am shocked an eco-warrior like Merrill doesn't use push mowers. He must hate the wetlands and Haskell.

Kontum1972 4 years, 1 month ago

10 million dollars.....and a few good men.....

isnt this what's its all about?

sherbert 4 years, 1 month ago

The question should not be 'What are you willing to pay'? We have no choice. The question should be "Where will you be willing to drive'? Cause our driving habits will have to change and we'll only drive when necessary. That'll hurt the economy because we'll quit going to the store for fun, quit running around and quit taking driving trips.

Bill Lee 4 years, 1 month ago

Wall Street speculators have more effect on gas prices than supply does. It would also help to build a few more refineries in this country. Oil is more pleniful than gasoline.

beatrice 4 years, 1 month ago

They should have asked the question in the aisle with the bottled water. If people will pay $2 for a quart of "Smart Water," there is virtually no limit to what they will pay for gas.

The real questiion is, how much will gas prices have to rise before people start to change their driving habits and begin driving fuel-efficient vehicles?

mr_right_wing 4 years ago

A gallon of oil is cheaper than a gallon of printer ink.

Be glad cars don't run on that...we're talking over $100/gallon.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

The price of gasoline could drop overnight. Just start selling it by the liter.

kernal 4 years, 1 month ago

$8.00 a gallon, just like they do in Europe.

Time for us to grow up and face reality. The good ol' days of cheap gas are gone.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

The cost of gasoline is one thing. Global warming is the larger issue. Walking or biking every chance you get of course will help a great deal. Even fuel efficient cars contribute to global warming which is to say walking or biking will still be desirable to achieve the overall goal of getting global warming in check.

Yes public transportation is more fuel efficient than 50 cars. Still yet walking and biking must be necessary no matter what. Total elimination of fuel I doubt will ever happen and probably does not need to happen. Global warming will not disappear until humans decide for themselves to do something about it.

Lawns will still need mowing no matter what. Designing and converting yards to less grass could be at the top of a list. And mowing fewer times a month. My customers are as necessary customers and most always have been. Some have reduced grass space substantially.... YES! Two reduced grass space to the point they now mow themselves.

Which brings up another matter known as fertilizing. Fertilizing most often promotes top growth so why not stop fertilizing and let nature take it's course. Mulching lawn mowers provide natural feed by chopping up grass and leaf clippings. Stop watering and fertilizing saves money in multiple ways to include hot summer times when grass quits growing then no mowing. Grass comes back eventually. If some dies then reseed in the fall before fall rains and/or early spring = less money and less toxic than fertilizer and weed killers. Remove those cancer causing agents from your life.... mother nature knows best.

A horticulture instructor would say frequently that mowing was the best weed control combined with re-seeding once or twice a year.

Wealthy oil companies are still receiving subsidies all the while reporting billions in profits. Could be there is something wrong with this picture.

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 1 month ago

How fuel efficient is an empty T bus?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

Going green will be good for the earth, good for your budget, good for your health and a great gift for John’s 70th Birthday!


  1. Drive less. Walk, ride you bike, take public transport or carpool. Approximately 50% of car use is for trips within 3 miles (5 km) of home. Resolve to not drive within this 5km radius of your home. You'll be saving fuel and reducing pollution, and you can also save on trips to the gym with this added exercise. Parking the car for 60 days this year = CO2 savings of 917 pounds.

  2. Do not idle your car for more than 10 seconds (unless it’s 40 below, in which case, just hope it starts!) Idling for longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your vehicle.

  3. Avoid aggressive driving. “Jack-rabbit” starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%.

  4. Drive steadily at posted speed limits. Increasing your highway cruising speed from 90km/h to 120km/h can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%.

  5. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to prevent increased rolling resistance. Under-inflated tires can cause fuel consumption to increase by as much as 6%.

  6. Use your air conditioner sparingly. Using a vehicle’s air conditioner on a hot summer day can increase fuel consumption by more than 20% in city driving. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation on your car instead of the air conditioner.

  7. Service your vehicle regularly, according to the manufacturer's instructions. A poorly tuned engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more emissions than one that is running properly.

  8. Change your oil every 5000-8000km.

  9. Consider joining a car co-op rather than owning your own car. With a car co-op, you can have the convenience of a car when you need one, but will be discouraged from driving unnecessarily. Also, you can get the car you need for the job you’re doing. If you need an truck occasionally but not all the time, this gets you one when you need one.

  10. When renting a car, get the most energy efficient vehicle you can and resist the free/discounted “upgrade”.

  11. Reduce air travel. Use teleconferences whenever possible rather than attending distant meetings. Holiday closer to home. And if you do travel by air, consider purchasing “carbon offsets” as a way of offsetting some of your emissions. (see #83 for more info.)

  12. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Kris_H 4 years, 1 month ago

Hey, Merrill. Will you come walk me to work through one of the worst parts of Topeka? I have to be at work by 0600 and the buses don't start running until about then. I tried walking once but between the hookers and the drunks and the druggies it was just a little too scary for me.

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 1 month ago

Says the guy who drives for work and uses highly polluting lawn mowers. Hypocrite.

jlzack 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm not willing to pay the price at the pump now.... but I don't have a choice when I have to drive 16 miles to work....

Kat Christian 4 years, 1 month ago

To say "we'll pay what we have to pay" is a total apathetic copout. Its a wonder these large companies get away with gouging consumers because we don't fight back. I say $2.50 is high enough for me. However, coping out is the same as pushing everyone to go green when it is the manufacturers that need to be told to do this initially. They over package items to the hilt then the consumers not only have the pay a higher price for the item but have to be responsible for trashing it in a "green" way. It's about time consumers speak up about it, instead of just accepting it.

Liberty275 4 years, 1 month ago

"What’s the most you’d be willing to pay for a gallon of gas?"

Whatever the price says on the sign in front of the gas station. I'm certainly not going to steal gas, and I won't ride next to the bums on the tbus. Biking and walking are strictly recreational. I have no desire to bore myself to death in an econobox (the subaru is bad enough).

At 8.5 MPG. I'll pay whatever it costs to drive the vette instead of settling for the alternatives.

I do appreciate everyone else saving gas though. Doing so leaves more for me to waste.

K_Verses_The_World 4 years, 1 month ago

All that foreign oil controlling American soil...

Flap Doodle 4 years, 1 month ago

According to planet-killer merrill, gardening nekkid is also good for the environment.

gccs14r 4 years, 1 month ago

It depends on who's getting the money. If it were going to a local biofuels cooperative and taxes to pay for dedicated passenger rail, I'd have no problem paying $12 a gallon. Since it goes to fatten the wallets of oil execs and mideast dictators, as little as possible.

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget evil stock holders... like anyone with a pension plan or a 401k.

LadyJ 4 years, 1 month ago

" Don Dunn, adjunct instructor" Decided to look that one up just to be sure. I found: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search Adjunct may refer to:

Adjunct (grammar), words used as modifiers Adjunct professor, a professor who does not hold a permanent position at a particular academic institution Adjuncts, sources of sugar used in brewing

So he could 1- intsruct people on grammer, 2- be an untenured professor, or my favorite 3-an instructor that teaches about the different sugars used in brewing. I think Hollis and Autie would like this one too. Maybe if Autie asked him to help, his still would quit blowing up.

RoeDapple 4 years, 1 month ago

"Maybe if Autie asked him to help, his still would quit blowing up"

Nah. Half the fun is the danger factor . . .

Stuart Evans 4 years, 1 month ago

there has been no change in the flow of oil to the United States, only speculation. The price of oil is soaring by the shear fears and mechanics of Wall Street. These are the same people who tanked our economy on fears and speculation. How could all of this possibly be happening with a White House full of Wall Street ex pats?

whats_going_on 4 years, 1 month ago

I'll pay what I have to pay to get my happy arse to work and back, so I can make the money I'll eventually give back to my car.

Vicious cycle.

georgeofwesternkansas 4 years, 1 month ago

I remember my older sister learning to drive. Mom told her to pull into the Standard station and get 10 gal of gas. The attendent comes out and my sister asked for 10 dollars worth, and everyone started laughing. The car would not hold 50 gallons.

LadyJ 4 years, 1 month ago

autie (anonymous) says… I don't know about Hollis but i think we picked up the ghost of spacehog hitching in comanche county one night, on the way to Sun City.

Was he carrying his stuff in "space bags"? Can't believe I've been getting spam e-mails for Space Bags

average 4 years ago

Very easily $10/gallon. Possibly more. Not that I'd use much in my car for in-town bopping around at that price. But, the couple of gallons a year for the rototiller and chainsaw? Totally worth it at $20-30+.

Take an average sedan with you and some groceries. Hire four high-school jocks to push it five miles, up a couple of hills, as fast as they possibly can. Pay each of them 45 cents for the effort. That's $10/gallon gasoline. Energy is absurdly cheap right now, and we're painfully addicted to massive amounts of it.

BruceWayne 4 years ago

who cares as long as The Svenderella campaign fund is buying.

mr_right_wing 4 years ago

We will pay whatever they charge.

We love to talk about alternative fuels, but do absolutely nothing about it...we've got an incredible abundance of hot air.

I've heard from experts, even if we really started working on alternative fuels today; we talking about 10 years before we would see results.

Open up your have no choice.

tunahelper 4 years ago

the price of gasoline has DOUBLED since omaba has become thugtator.

Ceallach 4 years ago

Well, 20 years ago I paid 3.50 to 4.25 in Europe so I really don't know just know I haven't reached it yet.

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