About That Cheap Gas …

We’re going to try and do a better job keeping our readers up to speed on changes in the price of gas, but one of the fringe benefits of the domestic energy revolution taking place in America has been lower fuel prices … which has resulted in less public attention on…

We’re going to try and do a better job keeping our readers up to speed on changes in the price of gas, but one of the fringe benefits of the domestic energy revolution taking place in America has been lower fuel prices … which has resulted in less public attention on the issue.

And less coverage from us …

Over the holiday break, though, a big deal was made about how South Carolina had the cheapest gas in America for the second year in a row – and we felt the need to put that news in its proper context.

As we’ve noted on numerous previous occasions, income levels in the Palmetto State are near the bottom of the national barrel – meaning our citizens pay a higher percentage of their “daily bread” for essential items like food, clothing, home heating and, yes, gasoline for our cars.

In fact, as of 2011 Palmetto State residents spend more of their income on fuel costs than residents of any other state (save Mississippi).

So yes … South Carolina has the nation’s cheapest gas, but its citizens are paying through the nose for it.

For those of you keeping score at home, gas in South Carolina average $3.24 per unleaded gallon in 2013 – down from $3.35 in 2012 (but up from 2010’s average of $2.60). Currently, it stands at $3.10 per unleaded gallon – or roughly 20 cents per gallon below the national average.

Several “Republican” elected officials in South Carolina have proposed raising the state’s gas tax. Meanwhile S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) – a candidate for lieutenant governor – has proposed a modest gas tax cut.

What’s the price of a gallon of gas in your neighborhood? Let us know … post your pump price (and location) in our comments section below!

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GrandTango January 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Gas, on average, has been a dollar or more per gallon for almost ALL FIVE YEARS of Obama’s reign…Can you come even close to fathoming how much of a burden that is on so many millions and millions of people…?????

That ain’t cheap…as a matter fact it’s one of the most Obscene taxes EVER imposed on the hardworking and decent people of America…All because of Obama’s GREED, hate and stupidity…

We’ll NEVER get that money back…and you can bet O and the D’s are filling their filthy pockets…

Far too many people are Such Dumb@$$ to let that piece of worthless crap hurt so many, and there is no outrage. He is a F*#kin disgrace, as are all of his blind and ignorant worshipers.

Lies and the Lying Liars January 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Its about the Sama as it was during Bushs reign.Indeed at one point late in Bushs term it hit 4.50 here in Sc.

Just a bald faced unmitigated LIE by a RightWing lying sack of shit.

tomstickler January 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

As anyone can see, the run-up of gasoline prices occurred during GWB’s time in the White House, and the increase has halted under Obama.

GrandTango January 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm

You are an Ignorant mother-F*#ker if you believe that.
Or you’re just a liar who hates your country and the people so much…you want to F*#k them any way you and your your Greedy god-Obama can….

PS: I clicked the link: File Not Found…just like I said, you lying, low-rent F*#k….

John Boy January 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Worked fine for me. Maybe momma will let you get a cable modem?

Jesus H. Christ! January 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm


shifty henry January 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

What happened, BigTangelo — did you lose your internet connection while watching a porn movie – and you didn’t get to a “happy ending”? HAH..!!

Jan January 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Worked for me. Clear as day.

GrandTango January 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Look at it like this: Those who seek the face of God, can see Him. The liberal base hates God, and claim He does not exist, because their demands for proof, are not met. Of course God has been great to me, and given me a wonderful life, w/ a beautiful family. I trust Him for His promises rlated to morality.

I do not see Obama, or his government as a god. But yall do. Therefore any mystical “proof” that he presents to his worshipers is met w/ True belief, no matter how failed he is and despite the lie after lie he has fed you…

Jesus told us there would be false gods…and they would prosper in the eyes for those who delight in corruption, dishonesty and wickedness.

I have no doubt you see the page Obama’s disciples make available to you…and even if you did not see it, you would still blindly follow any commands he delivers to you..

Bill January 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Big T, its ok, we know facts confuse you. You can keep worshiping at the feet of your god and saviour George Bush and the Fake News Network.

Also, no need to develop reading comprehension. That would force you to think about facts. Like the fact that Obamacare has not caused health care costs to increase; and in fact the increase in the cost of health care under Obama has been the slowest in the last 40 years.

GrandTango January 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Can you taste the cyanide in the Kool-Aide when you swill it…or does it taste normal?

Jonestown Kool-Aid® January 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm

You throwing a party?

Jonestown Kool-Aid® January 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Funny that you’re complaining that Liberals don’t believe in God while you bemoan over fossil fuel.

GrandTango January 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

You sir are a F*#kin idiot…thanks for giving me a big laugh at leftwing dumb-@$$-ery….at its best…

Jonestown Kool-Aid® January 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

You believe the Earth is only a few thousand years old? Yeah, I’m nuts!

GrandTango January 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Gas spiked for a brief period late in Bush’s last term. Prices began to rise after Congress was taken over by dems. But the 5-year avg. under Bush was much, much lower than the obscene gas tax Obama has imposed on us w/ his Idiot energy policies…

And: Bush took action, and opened reserves in July 2008. The price was down to $1.78 a gallon when Obama was ignuagurated. But Obama made sure Americans oet F*@ked real quick like after that.

Obama even admitted on tape that he wanted high gas prices ($4 or more) but he wanted the increase to be gradual, so no one would notice what a F*#k up he and the democrats are….

Amy Bob Esquire Budweiser Jr. January 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

So, the POTUS tells the market what to charge? Please, go on…

Silly Ass January 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

It’s true that given the opportunity, Obama did not dismiss the notion outright that higher gasoline prices might be a good idea to create incentives for people to switch to alternative energy sources. But the context of the question was that gasoline had risen to $4 per gallon. The rapid rise in the price of gasoline was, he said, “such a shock to American pocketbooks” and “not a good thing,” and that he would have preferred that they had risen more gradually. That’s different from advocating for gradually higher gasoline prices in the future.

But Dumbass GT wouldn’t have a clue

Scooter January 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Well, it was $1.89 when Obozo took office.

tomstickler January 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Hell, I bought some at $1.389 on 5 February 2009. Thanks, Obama!

The Colonel January 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

I call BS on you – Here, prove it for yourself. In the drop down boxes, check Columbia and 10 years

tomstickler January 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Gasoline is sold outside Columbia, Colonel. Like Gene’s Country Market, Georgetown.

So sad for an officer and a gentleman to call BS on another officer and gentleman (by Act of Congress).

The Colonel January 11, 2014 at 4:02 am

I filled every car in my driveway, my motorcycle, my kids go cart and all my gas cans at the Exxon on Raybon road one cold December day in 2011 when the goober running the place set the price at $2.15 instead of $3.25, saved over a $100.

In the Georgetown area for February of 2009, the average price was $1.75. You may have gotten a great deal, but that would be what we call anecdotal evidence and not indicative of the reality.

tomstickler January 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Actually, I cannot credit Obama for these low prices. They were the result of Dubya running the economy into the ditch so far that the oil companies practically had to give it away because no one was buying and they didn’t have the capacity to store all that inventory.

Despite your claim to knowing more about gasoline prices in Georgetown than my “anecdotal evidence”, consider this:

12/16/2008 Genes Country Store Georgetown $1.499
12/20/2008 Sunoco 0663410900 Georgetown $1.539
1/11/2009 Genes Country Store Georgetown $1.399
1/12/2009 Genes Country Store Georgetown $1.399
1/25/2009 Genes Country Store Georgetown $1.399
1/25/2009 Genes Country Store Georgetown $1.399
2/5/2009 Genes Country Store Georgetown $1.389
2/5/2009 Genes Country Store Georgetown $1.389

The Colonel January 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

I give, you win, my point is that a localized phenomenon is not indicative of reality and does represent an average price, but I will concede your point that you paid $1.38 – good job and good luck finding it again!

Reality is that oil ain’t that scarce and that there is no reason for it to be as expensive as it is.

Gomer Pyle, USMC January 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

If I did not know any better, I’d say you make encryption look so easy! Great talent for millitary types.

Goober January 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Any leads on any new jobs for me, Cuz? Pumping gas for others isn’t that needed these days…Dang Obama!

Yeppers January 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Just returned from Canada….where I paid 1.30 a liter, or around $4.92/gallon.

The Colonel January 10, 2014 at 3:34 am

It’s 81 cents a gallon in Kuwait and $5.76 in Afghanistan – course the Army pays almost $400 a gallon by the time we have it hauled in…

Yeppers January 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

“course the Army pays almost $400 a gallon by the time we have it hauled in…”

lol…the Mic has to have its profits.

dwb619 January 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I would care what it cost, as long as the BABE in the pictures squeezed my HOSE!

Original Good Old Boy January 10, 2014 at 12:15 am

Until the juice runs down my leg.

Better to burn out than fade.. January 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Led Zepplin….my crazy uncle scared the shit out of me one time driving around like a maniac in the back woods, 50 miles north of Detroit in an old GTO in the 70’s….the whole time screaming/singing “Squeeze my lemon” while sliding around on dirt roads.

I was only 6 or 7 and pretty sure I was going to die….it reminds me of the scene in Highlander where Kurgan was driving around NYC with the old women in his car.

If my Dad knew what his derelict brother was doing with me in the car at the time I’m quite sure I’d have witnessed a major asskicking.

ThreePalms January 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

SC’s gas tax can and should be increased. The revenue from the tax should be used for roads, bridges, and related transportation infrastructure. The portion of gas tax revenues currently siphoned off by the General Assembly ofr general operating funds of the state should cease.

1+1=3 January 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm

“The portion of gas tax revenues currently siphoned off by the General
Assembly ofr general operating funds of the state should cease.”

Wouldn’t it make sense to first stop the siphoning and see how that works before handing them more money?

Frank Pytel January 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Sic, I must say that it’s very very nice to see more of those most exquisite gas pumps. You’re ability to capture tbe beauty of these wondrous mechanical marvels is simply without equal.

Keep up the good work!!

PS, What happened to Last Years Hot Lawyer Contest?

shifty henry January 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Oh, Baby —– GLORIOUS!! (by the way, what is the article about?)

scsweepin January 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

I’ll give any of you a ride. Gas, ass or grass…get in. I prefer the big, hair “bear” types, though.

little enos burdette January 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

My cousin (3x removed) Queanbeyan says she is interested in meeting you, and she’s so excited!

scsweepin January 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I think we all know that I prefer men.

fed up January 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hell yea,6.00 a gallon for gas and ride on dirt roads!!!

Ghost Eyes February 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

You called me a worm? I guess we now know who the vermin is. What kind of low life will make such a desperate comment to get some? You’re probably a single, fat, sweaty, video game player staying with mum and granny. Get out of their basement dude. Do something with your life


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