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Pre-Obama gas prices in Mont.Co.?

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 16, 2012 1:41 PM

Sign on the dotted line to oppose the president's energy policies and get some cheap gas.  

Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group funded by the conservative financiers David and Charles Koch, is offering gas at $1.84 a gallon at an as-yet undisclosed location in Montgomery County.  But flash a press pass and you'll be in on the secret, promises AFP in a release out today:

This event will highlight President Obama’s failing green energy policies by reducing the price of gas to Pennsylvanians to $1.84 a gallon*, the cost of gas four years ago before President Obama took office.

Some fine print for the bargain hunters: "Reduced-price gasoline will be limited to the first 100 vehicles with each car being limited to 15 gallons."

Attendees will also be able to sign a petition to the president.  AFP insists this is an issue-advocacy event, and that it "does not expressly advocate for the success or defeat of any candidate for public office."

AFP has held similar events in Nevada, last month, and most recently in Michigan:

Yesterday in Byron Center, Michigan, town residents lined up for over a mile, waiting for their chance to pump gas at the price it was four years ago – before President Obama took office.

Americans for Prosperity pumped gas for over 300 Byron Center residents at just $1.84 a gallon. For many, the event couldn’t have come at a better time.

The claim that gas prices fell to $1.84 before President Obama took office has been checked before.  CBS News noted earlier this year that2008 was marked by a gas crisis that saw its peak in July, with prices at $4.11.  The price dropped in August, and hovered around $2 after Mr. Obama won the November election.  From CBS News:

The cost of gas was $1.84 just six days after President Obama's inauguration. As noted above, that is far cheaper than the cost of a gallon of gas six months prior in July 2008. Gas prices have the ability to fluctuate quickly. 




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