Oil development step toward independence

Freedom Newspapers The continuing debate over limited oil drilling in the enormous and remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge spotlights the degree to which the Democratic Party and environmental groups have become obstructionists when it comes to oil and gas development. Democrats and two liberal Republicans in the Senate succeeded Wednesday in stopping a provision that […]

Drivers keeping eye on fuel prices

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Deanna Fe Briseno said she doesn’t mind waiting 25 minutes in line to buy gas if it saves her money. The Clovis woman stopped Saturday to buy gas at the Allsup’s on Prince Street, where the cost for regular-unleaded gasoline as much as 17¢ a gallon cheaper than other […]

Oil production, refining choked by regulations

CNJ Editorial Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality, and the reality is, America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]

Leave market mechanisms to work out

Walter E. Williams Evacuations are not a benign process. Twenty-four people were killed when a bus — carrying 38 Houston nursing home residents and six employees — caught fire in a traffic jam. It’s thought that oxygen tanks used by elderly evacuees had a role in the fire. Given the hurricane predictions for Houston and […]

Gas prices irk governor

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Bill Richardson will meet with legislators this week to discuss whether to call a special session — a move that could provide consumer relief to high gasoline prices and home heating costs. The proposed session, dubbed the Gas and Home Relief Special Session, would be aimed at stemming […]

AAA: Gas prices will increase this week

Staff and wire reports Crude-oil prices spiked to a new high Tuesday, as traders grew increasingly concerned about the amount of damage Hurricane Katrina did to the nation’s energy infrastructure. The runup in trading prices doesn’t directly affect consumer prices, but the market’s jittery climb suggests U.S. consumers are about to see another surge in […]

Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry

Freedom Newspapers Some pointless ideas die hard, which is an accurate description of the fuel economy standards the federal government imposes on automakers. The Bush administration, although allegedly in favor of freer markets, announced new standards this week that will require higher gas mileage ratings for the light trucks that dominate U.S. roads. The standards […]

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 gallon

Staff and wire report Hurricane Dennis could mean more bad news, disrupts Gulf oil production. CAMARILLO, Calif. — Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, an industry analyst said Sunday. Motorists could […]

Court ruling setback for property rights

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling last month in Lingle v. Chevron USA, made it more difficult for property owners to battle rent control and other government takings. We hope the court’s unanimous decision does not portend bad news for another major property-rights case (Kelo v. City of New London, Conn.) before the court, […]

Clovis gas prices sink well below state average

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Gas prices seen here at gas stations at the corner of Llano Estacado and Prince Streets have been dropping in recent weeks. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Virgil Helker fills up his gas tank twice a week for frequent trips to Tucumcari and Portales from his Clovis home. While his […]

Many factors contribute to rise in gasoline prices

No one likes to pay more for a product they are accustomed to purchasing cheaply. But as gas prices in Clovis hit their highest ever this week — $1.94 for an average gallon of regular unleaded — customers need to be aware that a number of factors have boosted the cost. First, of course, lies […]

Domestic sources of oil could help reduce gas prices

Freedom Newspapers Records are being broken in both the price per barrel of crude oil ($40.77) and the price per gallon of gasoline ($1.90 in Clovis on Wednesday), raising fears of inflation and economic slowdown, as well as grassroots calls for a national gas-buyers boycott. And so the political jousting naturally continues over who or […]

Buyers fuming over gas prices

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Average regular gasoline prices in Clovis have reached $1.70 a gallon, the highest in at least 15 months. Some gas stations, such as Wal-mart, offer a discount with the use of a special card. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Glen Seeber Motorists are feeling the pinch as the price of gasoline continues to go […]

Thank lobbyists for minimum gas prices

Walter Williams A couple of weeks ago, heading down to George Mason University, I pulled into my favorite Wawa gasoline station just off the Bel Air, Md., exit on I-95 South. At each of the 20 gasoline pumps, there was a sign posted that Wawa would no longer dispense free coffee to its gasoline customers. […]

Bush is playing politics at the expense of water

Editorial The Bush administration quietly shelved a proposed regulation, actually pushed by the Environmental Protection Agency on the day the Clinton administration left office, to ban the gasoline additive popularly known as MTBE, The Associated Press reported. There may be corporate influence behind the administration’s reluctance to support a national ban on an additive that […]