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It wont be a rerun of the 1970s when long lines at the gasoline pumps spelled big trouble for politicians but soaring gasoline prices are expected to become a serious issue in the 2000 election campaign by early summerSince last month gas prices have rose at the rate of 10 cents every week Prices will continue to increase over the next month and threw the summer Forecasters expect oil prices and gasoline prices to keep rising through the spring no matter what the administration or congress does and oil companies traditionally raise gasoline prices sharply just before the memorial day weekend the start of vacation seasonSurging petroleum prices pushed the inflation rate in February to its highest level in three years the Labor Department reported yesterday Most of last months increase of 05 percent the largest one-month rise since last April reflected the run up in petroleum prices Gasoline at the pump averaged 142 a gallon up from 136 in JanuaryDuring the past month Charles Winter has boosted the price of gasoline at this Burien service station from 124 a gallon to 156 a gallon Winter says he has no choice Each week a tanker truck re supplies Charlies Exxon and each week he gets a higher bill for the fuel A lot of my customers are worried about this but I dont know when its going to end Winter said On Tuesday at north 205th Street In Shoreline most drivers were willing to endure a 15-20 minute wait to fill up their tanks with 141 a gallon regular unleaded gasoline Prices elsewhere on 205th were about 155 a gallonThe rapid price rise reflects a dramatic tightening in world oil markets from a year ago when US gasoline prices averaged 105 cents a gallon The turnaround in oil prices began last year as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC after year of attempted cooperation finally agreed on production limits And the
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