$9 A Gallon Too Much For Gas This Winter? Avoid Nome, Alaska

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The rising cost of gas is one of life's inevitabilities, though how quickly the price rises depends on where you live.

If you live in Nome, Alaska, then you're in for an inevitable and very expensive winter. According to Yahoo (via AutoBlogGreen), you could soon be paying $9 for every gallon of gas.

It's all about supply and demand. A recent heavy winter storm has prevented a fuel-carrying barge from making it to shore, and another isn't due until June. The only remaining option is to fly in the fuel, and city officials say this is so expensive that it adds $3 to $4 to the cost of every gallon.

As of Wednesday, the cost for a gallon of gasoline was already $5.98, so Nome residents could be looking at somewhere in the $9 range.

The coastal city of Nome has been surrounded by ice after a heavy storm in mid-November, preventing a barge carrying 1.6 million gallons of gasoline and diesel from making it to port.

The city isn't set to run out of fuel just yet, and air deliveries are still possible, though they're expensive.

Even so, it's not the commuting disaster it might be elsewhere. Few people have private cars in Nome, relying more on buses and taxis to get around. The fuel is to ensure these still operate, as well as keeping vital emergency services running. Some taxi firms are worried they may go out of business if prices rise too high.

Failing the usual taxi service, there are always more traditional means of transportation. After all, Nome is best-known for the Iditarod sled dog race, so where internal combustion fails, canine companions are always sure to help...


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Comments (3)
  1. And they don't have ice cutting barges? A person would expect gas to be that high in Alaska; that's where "Drill Baby Drill" lives. Watch her try to bleed those high prices down to the states so she can continue her agenda of Drill Baby Drill. Those high prices should give a boost to electric car sells.

  2. Ironic logistics. The oil starts in Alaska, comes down the pipeline, put on a ship down to the lower 48, refined, put back on a ship up to Alaska.

  3. Iditarod dogs are exhausted at the end of the race. Many are sick and injured. So if you can't find a taxi in Nome, you should walk. For the dogs, the Iditarod is a bottomless pit of suffering. What happens to them during the race includes death, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains. At least 142 dogs have died in the Iditarod, including two dogs on Dr. Lou Packer's team who froze to death in the brutally cold winds. FOR MORE FACTS: Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org.

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