As gas prices continue to climb more and more drivers find themselves running on empty.
“We’ll have to stay home because you have to have gas to go,” said Julie Parrish
Gas prices in Rapid City average $3.65 a gallon while across the country people are shelling out an average of $3.86. And as the summer driving season approaches, some analysts estimate gas could reach more than $6.00 a gallon.
So just who is to blame? Here in KOTA Territory, the answers are wide – ranging.
“I think the gas companies are capitalizing on the uprising in the Mid–East and they think we are all panicking about it,” said driver Sara Holtz.
“They all seem to want their profits to go up and they just keep pushing the prices higher,” said Isaac Bently.
“No, I don’t think the gas corporations are that bad; I think our President mostly is the problem,” said Jason Ziz.
As the blame game continues there’s one thing motorists say they know for sure: paying to fill up their tank has spun out of control.
“It cost about a hundred to 200 hundred dollars to get across the state,” said Holtz.
While some drivers say the rising prices will force them to pump the brakes on their driving habits others say they have no choice but to keep pedaling.
Analysts say one in four Americans is affected by the spike in gas prices. But all that money is benefiting someone. They expect Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil company, to report this week that profits are up 60 percent. And they expect shell and chevron to report a 22 percent gain.