Oct 3, 2012 7:08 PM by Andy Koen
Drivers in Colorado Springs can cash-in on cheap gas tomorrow afternoon when the Gas Can Man arrives at the Conoco Acorn station at the corner of Cimarron and S. 8th Street. The first 150 customers will be able to fill up at a cost of $1.84 per gallon starting at 4:00 p.m.
The Pain in the Gas promotion is a deliberate political event and not a marketing ploy. Tyler Houlton of the group conservative group Compass Colorado says they chose the $1.84 price because that the average cost of a gallon of unleaded on Inauguration Day in January of 2009.
Houlton says the point is to criticize President Obama for failing to pursue more domestic sources of oil production, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico and as it relates to the Key Stone Pipeline project.
In fairness to the president, the highest average gas prices of $4.12 a gallon occurred during under the Bush administration in the summer of 2008. An 8 year historical chart of gas prices shows a sharp drop in the fall of 2008 and that prices were still climbing back to the statistical average during the winter of 2009.