Can you imagine the hysteria if Bush was still in office? Every newscast would lead with gas prices, old ladies would be saying they have to choose between gas and food and the harping about his “big oil” pals would be deafening.
But since President Empty Chair isn’t responsible for anything, there’s hardly a peep in the national media.
Gas prices soared to as high as $4.79 a gallon for regular in the city in the wake of Hurricane Isaac — triggering outrage from drivers.
“It’s price-gouging,” said Samuel Flatt, 39, as he paid $42.25 to fill up his 2008 Prius at a Gulf station in Briarwood, Queens. “I was just in Suffolk County. I passed a sign that says $3.89 for regular, and here it’s $4.13.”
“That’s a very big difference for no reason. It was under $4 last week,” he said.
The citywide average is $4.06 a gallon, according to the Web site NewYorkGasPrices.com, compared with $3.87 a month ago — and a current national average of $3.80. The highest local price was $4.79 a gallon at two Citgo stations in The Bronx.
Drivers described themselves as outraged — but helpless.
“I’m angry. I spend over $500 per month on gas,” said Jennifer Smith, 39, who uses her car for work and to get to her homes in Queens and upstate. “The train is not feasible for me,” she said. “What am I supposed to do? I have to bite the bullet.”
Government figures show 95 percent of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico remains shut down, so Isaac is being blamed.
Drivers say that’s just an excuse.
“There is no way this hurricane could affect the cost of gas right now,” Flatt said. He accused gas stations of exploiting the demand just before the Labor Day weekend.
“This is ridiculous, and we can’t do anything about it,” said Elsi Zajmi, 33, at a Mobil station on Hillside Avenue in Queens. “It is not fair but they don’t care. We are like cockroaches, so they just step on us.”
New York Senator Charles Schumer was unavailable for comment. If he was he’d be pushing for an investigation.