Pay Like It’s 2009! Illinois Gas Station Offers Pre-Obama Gas Prices

The nationwide “Obama’s Failing Agenda Tour” is offering drivers cheap 2009 gas prices to protest the President's energy policies. But not everyone is interested in the politics of the matter.

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When drivers approached the Road Ranger Gas Station in Lombard, Ill., last Friday, they were surely surprised to see gasoline selling for almost $2 less than the usual price. But this sale wasn’t an act of pure generosity or a sign of any drastic economic change. Instead, it was part of a protest aimed squarely at President Obama’s energy policies, and the cost — $1.88 per gallon of regular unleaded gas — mirrored the price when Obama took office in 2009, CBS reports.

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The Chicago-area station, where fuel typically starts at $3.70 a gallon, briefly participated in “Obama’s Failing Agenda Tour,” organized by an advocacy group called Americans for Prosperity. The group has traveled nationwide to offer gasoline at 2009 prices for a few hundred drivers at each stop. The tour’s director, David From, told CBS that the President is too averse to new oil drilling, particularly here at home.

From posted on the Patch News site for a nearby suburb, Grayslake, to alert residents that his tour would be stopping at seven locations in Illinois. Now, the organization has moved on to Ohio.

Customers, however, are perhaps more interested in the savings than the politics. “I am here because it’s $1.88,” one Lombard driver told CBS. “I am not against the president’s policies.”

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, fervently political or indifferent, one thing holds true: no one wants to pass up a good deal.

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Aaron Schutte
Aaron Schutte

Obama: "Sure the taxpayer can fund ~$90,000,000,000 in failing "green" energy. Wait, oil companies get standard tax breaks? KILL THEM!! -- Wait, why did gas prices double?"

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." - Candidate Obama

“Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” - Obama's Energy Secretary Obama CAN accomplish something!

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

Those tax cuts (that are still in place and have very little real threat against them) are insignificant to the major producers. Each year Big Oil companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have reported record shattering profits. They don't need any sort of help.

The $90billion you reference represents 10 years of 'green' energy tax breaks- a significant portion of which is going to 'clean' coal.

For those who need the math $90billion over ten years is $9billion a year, which is a little over double the tax breaks granted to the oil industry. Meanwhile most green energy companies are emergent and are having difficulty otherwise securing funding in this tough economy. To spell it out- these tax breaks are necessary to help the US establish a competitive green sector (like that which exists in China and Europe) and will go a long way to putting american's to work.

myfanwy
myfanwy

Are these quotes supposed to be taken seriously, or did you make them up?

Marc Daneker
Marc Daneker

Idiots and fools think the the POTUS has control or influence on fuel prices, bull. The free-market drives prices and demand from countries like China and India have made the prices unavoidable. Obama has allowed massive amounts of drilling a fracking to supplement our energy needs. Bunch of ignorant a - holes.

ConservativeOne2012
ConservativeOne2012

Yea but if Bush was President, you would be blaming him.  Marc Daneker, I think you are the a-hole for being brainwashed by our current President as well as the driveby media.  If you had any ounce of intelligence, you would realize that the President has complete control over gas prices.  HE chose not to drill in the United States, rather buy from the Middle East, therefore, he IS in control.  Obama has done zilch.  Can't wait to see his sorry ass and his wife out of the White House.

Aaron Schutte
Aaron Schutte

"Idiots and fools think the the POTUS has control or influence on fuel prices."I can't believe some people believe actually this. If you were attacking Bush on gas prices, you especially had to do mental gymnastics to convince yourself.

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

He said, making the assumption everyone was attacking Bush on gas prices. I'll admit to attributing some blame to the Bush administration, but it wasn't to him personally- it was more towards to large wars that interrupted supply and hurt our international image.

Niles Hemming
Niles Hemming

They should come here to California, gas prices are almost $5.00 a gallon