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31 May, 2008

Consumer Reports! I Guess the Joke is Us! The People of the United States!

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Come on Congress,President Bush!Washington D.C. Please Give the People a Break!

To the People of the United States: Would somebody Please remind me of Why went to WAR? Because I FORGOT!!!

Gas Prices! Foreclosures! No Jobs! Health Care! The jokes on Us and I'm Fed Up! with the excurses! We're in a Recession!! but that word want be mention under President Bush name in History because He want say that Word until next President come along! He's going to let that Person take the Credit for that word!! Ha! Ha! Ha! Well wether He wants to say it are not I'm feeling it!!!! What about You? by Tara Moore

Below is the latest report from Consumer Affairs!

$4 Gas Spreads Throughout the Nation
Nationwide average could hit $4 by June 1


By Joe Benton
ConsumerAffairs.com


• Latest Gas Price Round-Up
• Feds Probing Possible Oil Market Manipulation
• Beware of Fuel Sippers Sipping High-Test
• Retailers Respond to High Gas Prices with Discounts, Promotions
• Rushing Into a Smaller Car Too Soon May Not Save Money
• Hybrid Sales and Prices Climb in Lockstep with Gas Prices
• Truckers Bemoan Burden of High Diesel Costs
• Gas Prices Biting into Worker Productivity
• Consumers Warned About Gas-Saving Schemes
• Is Tony Soprano Controlling Gas Prices?
• Oil & Gas: The New Bubble
• Critics: New Federal Gas Mileage Standard Falls Short
• Consumers Feeling Pain of Skyrocketing Gas Prices
• New Gas Price Record Forecasts Expensive Summer Driving Season
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• More ...

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is inching ever closer to the $4 mark throughout the country, climbing another penny overnight to $3.962, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

Retail gasoline prices have now established a record for 23 consecutive days.

One month ago regular gasoline sold for $3.617 and one year ago a gallon of diesel sold for $3.191.

"I do think we could get to $4," said Geoff Sundstrom, a spokesman for AAA. "We could get there right in time for June 1."

Regular gasoline sells for an average price above $4 in 12 states and the District of Columbia. The price of regular in Indiana fell below $4 to $3.998 after rising beyond the mark earlier in the week.

Diesel prices continue their rampage with the national average price for a gallon sitting at $4.792. Diesel prices have surpassed $5 in some parts of the country, including California, adding to the rise in food prices and other consumer goods.

Mid-grade gasoline now sells above $4 in 46 states, averaging $4.207 a gallon. Premium now sells for an average national price of $4.358 a gallon, above the $4 mark in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Consumers are reporting that rising gasoline prices are changing their commuting habits. More than four in 10 said gasoline prices affected their commutes, according to a recent study by Robert Half International.

That's up from 34 percent reporting changes one year ago.

Prices are compelling more carpooling and ride sharing with 33 percent of those questioned considering a more fuel efficient vehicle. Almost 30 percent plan to work more from home.

Here is a look at some gasoline prices from around the country in the ConsumerAffairs.Com Gas Price Round Up.

California: Regular self-serve gasoline averages $4.198 in California. Diesel sells for an average of $5.152 in the state.

Four-dollar regular unleaded prices have spread to every metropolitan area in the state. Prices have climbed 15 cents to 20 cents in most areas in just the past week, according to AAA.

"Prices jumped by 10 cents over the Memorial Day weekend in most local areas," said Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. "Without a plummet in our record crude oil prices, it's hard to know when motorists will get any relief at the pump."

Gasoline is selling throughout the state for almost 75 cents a gallon more than at this time last year, the AAA said.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.112 a gallon, which is 15.3 cents more than last week. In San Diego, the price is $4.165, which is 15.6 cents higher than last week's price.

The most expensive regular gasoline in California is found in Santa Barbara for $4.262, AAA reported. That's up more than 15 cents from last week in the seaside city.The cheapest average price for regular gasoline in the state is found in Orange County for $4.130, up about 13 cents from last week's low price.

Texas: There is no let-up in the skyrocketing gasoline prices throughout Texas, according to the AAA weekly survey.

AAA reported that regular self-serve averaged $3.844 per gallon, up 11 cents from last week.

The survey also reported that more than half of the auto club's members have cut back significantly on the miles they drive with 66 percent combining errands to reduce driving.

"There is no doubt that gas prices are having a big impact on many Texans," said Mark Bell, regional vice president and general manager for AAA Texas. "Drivers are changing how they drive and how often because of the relentless upward swing in gas prices."

The most expensive gasoline in Texas was found in Amarillo, where regular self-serve rose 11 cents to $3.859 per gallon. The cheapest gas was in Corpus Christi, where the average price rose 6 cents to $3.804 per gallon.

Florida: The sunshine state is struggling with many older gasoline pumps that do not have the technology to post a price beyond $3.99 a gallon.

Regular gasoline now averages $3.959 in Florida. Mid-grade sells for $4.289 and premiums sells for $4.368 a gallon.

The pricing issue on older pumps is a problem especially for mom-and-pop retailers struggling with diminished sales margins, according to a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores.


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HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE TO BE CONCERN ABOUT!

Debt Collectors Cannot Blame Their Mistakes on Creditors, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Public Citizen Wins Case and Strengthens Protections for Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a ruling that could help consumers nationwide, a federal appeals court this week held that debt collection agencies cannot shirk responsibility for abuses by blaming them on creditors.

In an opinion issued late Monday by Judge Mary Schroeder, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requires debt collectors to prove that they have used detailed procedures to ensure that they do not take actions that are prohibited by the act, such as harassing consumers, overbilling or making deceptive statements.

"A debt collector is not entitled to just sit back and wait until a creditor makes a mistake and then institute procedures to prevent an occurrence," the court ruled.

The case involved Arizona resident Robert Reichert, who was contacted by a debt collector about an outstanding bill from his old apartment complex. The debt collector, National Credit Systems Inc., had tacked on charges for "attorney’s fees," but couldn’t explain where the charges came from. The collection agency claimed that it had overlooked the error because the landlord-creditor had always provided accurate information in the past. The court rejected that defense, holding that debt collectors must show detailed preventive procedures to escape liability for their actions.

"The court’s ruling will compel debt collectors to police themselves more effectively," said Deepak Gupta, an attorney for Public Citizen who argued the case. "The ruling is very significant at a time in which increasing numbers of Americans are being contacted by debt collectors and abuses are on the rise."

To read the decision in the case, Reichert v. National Credit Systems, go to: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/2202ACCF90C8382B8825747F00577E69/$file/0615503.pdf?openelement



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