"No Gas Day" Has People Dumping the Pump

JONESBORO- Across america motorists are saying NO to the price of high gasoline by simply staying away from the pump.

"Three dollars a gallon....that's six dollars to work and back," said Jamie Horne.

This comes after emails circulated declaring May 15th, "No Gas Day" at the pumps.

The initiative hopes to cost oil companies enough money that it will drive prices back down.

But those who did gas up, say it doesn't really matter.

"They'll get gas today, they'll get it tomorrow. They are going to make their money tomorrow so we might as well get it today," said Andy Dickson.

"It's certainly unfortunate. It's also out of our hands. I don't know what we can do about it except keep driving and carrying on our lives the way we are doing it," said Derek Randall.

Senators agree, we've already sealed our fate.

"When you import over 60% of your petroleum, most of it comes from countries not friendly to the U.S. Interest. You must concede that you do not control your own destiny," said Republican Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico.

President Bush says he would like to cut gas consumption by 20% in the next ten years.

"Our dependence on oil creates a risk for our economy, because a supply disruption anywhere in the world could drive American gas prices to even more painful levels," he said.

Currently those levels are at an all time high.

The National average of gasoline is sitting at $3.10 per gallon. That's up 5 cents from just last week.

In Arkansas gas is ranging from $2.73 a gallon, to as high as $3.29 in some parts of the state.

But when it comes to the price we pay, it seems theirs no hanging up the pump.

"They are way too high, but everything in life is going up, so we might as well deal with it," said Any Dickson.

The national average of gasoline is now the highest it's been in the history of the United States, breaking the current record that was set just after Hurricane Katrina.

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