Written by Paul Day
DENVER (CBS4) – Nobody escapes the pain at the pump.

“It’s getting pretty brutal,” William MacKenzie said.

But some feel it more than others.

“I’m unemployed right now,” Edward Salinas said. “(As a) matter of fact I’m putting in (to my tank) my last $20.”

Both were buying regular unleaded gasoline in Denver for $3.29 per gallon. That’s 51 cents higher than at the start of the year.

Blame the price spike on turmoil in the Middle East and the fear of a domino effect, according to Bryant Gimlin with Devo Capital Management.

“If problems in Libya escalate and spread into other countries (like) Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, it could have a major effect on the global market,” Gimlin said.

Gimlin has a home office in Greeley. He’s been trading energy futures for 25 years and says rising crude oil prices will continue to push up gas prices in Colorado.

“Probably what happens is the gasoline prices peak around the $4 mark somewhere,” he said.
space Pain At The Pump Expected To Get Even Worse

Gimlin sees the Denver area hitting the $4 mark around the Memorial Day weekend. The last time Denver saw $4 gas was in 2008, but it was later that year on July 17.

So, how long will prices stay so high?

“If things do settle down in the Middle East, this market will consider itself overpriced and it will come back down in relatively quick fashion,” Gimlin said.

But relief from pain at the pump can’t come soon enough for drivers like Nnamdi Ngwe. Climbing out of an economy car, he joined the other customers at the Conoco station at Alameda and Broadway and was full of questions about the high prices.

“Jeez, how often does it go up?  Who’s in charge? Because I’ve got to talk to them and tell them to quit it,” Ngwe said.

Comments (6)
  1. Scarlett_156 says:

    Who’s in charge…? Crazy-man dictator Mummar Khadafi, for one. He and a few other insane ranters seem, for some strange reason, to have us OVER A BARREL. (“Over a barrel”–get it???! HAR!!)

  2. birdaman says:

    Speculators and oil companies are crooks and one of these days the american people will get smart.

  3. William says:

    The price at the pump is not all to consider. I found that paying 4 cents a gallon more saved me 50 cents a mile.

  4. Smith says:

    Looks like Obama has failed to lead again!

  5. Peachy10 says:

    I believe our President should shoulder most of the blame with his drilling restrictions. He is making us more and more dependent on foreign oil. I can’t say that the hopey/changey thing is working well for me and my family

    1. DenDen says:

      all the presidents before Obama… the inbred republican AND dem bozos who kept us hooked on oil this whole time instead of pushing for renewable domestic energy production – THAT’S who you should be blaming.

      Oh, and you’re a effing idiot, go eat pudding in a corner or something while the adults figure this one out.

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