Gas prices continue to climb

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Sky rocketing gas prices have become the reality in parts of the country and many drivers are furious.

Unleaded gas in Hazard is up to $3.99 a gallon. In some places, it has gone up 10 cents in a couple of days. Some people said they are not sure how much more they can take.

It is something almost everyone is forced to deal with.

“I would say it is going to affect everybody. not just me, it is going to affect a lot of people in this area,” said Columbus Holland, a gas customer.

Gas prices have been going up for weeks.

“Here in hazard, this is the highest I have seen it it's crazy it is outrageous,” said Ben Cornett.

Cornett said he now only uses gas for work and extreme situations.

Despite the increased price at the pump, oil prices are down to $105 a barrel and the demand remains weak for crude oil. If crude prices continue to ease, experts said that should bring down gas prices.

“Every time you turn around it's sky high or outrageous,” said customer Sammy Holland.

Though many people agree it is a necessary resource many people say they will have to take drastic measures if the price continues to go up.

“I will have to park my car I guess,” said Columbus Holland.
“Gas is getting so high I cannot afford it.”

Others said it could promote a healthier lifestyle for some, but others may not be able to take advantage.

“If it continues to climb people will have to start walking, get back and forth to work the best way you know how and the places they know they have to go,” said Sammy Holland.

Some have already tried to head in that direction.

“Lately I have been walking because the gas prices are so high,” said Cornett.
“I know I have cut back on personal activities.”

The cheapest gas found in Kentucky is in Carrollton at $3.58 a gallon and the most expensive is in Louisville, where it is $4.19 for an unleaded gallon of gasoline.

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