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STATE by STATE GAS TAXES

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New York state has the highest taxes on gasoline and Alaska has the lowest, according to data compiled by the Tax Foundation, which it has displayed, state by state, on a map.

According to the Foundation, as of Jan. 1, 2012, New York had the highest state tax of 49 cents per gallon of gasoline, with Connecticut and California not too far behind at 48.6 cents in taxes per gallon in each state.

The taxes per gallon, as calculated by the American Petroleum Institute for the Tax Foundation, are based upon an average of premium, mid-range, and regular gasoline and may include excise taxes, environmental fees, storage tank taxes and general sales tax.

States With Highest State Gasoline Tax Rates (Cents Per Gallon):

1) New York: 49 cents/gal.

2) California: 48.6 cents/gal.

2) Connecticut: 48.6 cents/gal.

4) Hawaii: 47.1 cents/gal.

5) Michigan: 39.4 cents/gal.

6) North Carolina: 39.2 cents/gal.

7) Illinois: 38.9 cents/gal.

7) Indiana: 38.9 cents/gal.

9) Washington: 37.5 cents/gal.

10) Florida: 35 cents/gal.

11). West Virgnia: 37.5 cents/gal.

 

States With Lowest State Gasoline Tax Rates (Cents Per Gallon):

40) Virginia: 19.8 cents/gal.

41) New Hampshire: 19.6 cents/gal.

42) Arizona: 19 cents/gal.

43) New Mexico: 18.9 cents/gal.

44) Mississippi: 18.8 cents/gal.

45) Missouri: 17.3 cents/gal.

46) Oklahoma: 17 cents/gal.

47) South Carolina: 16.8 cents/gal.

48) New Jersey: 14.5 cents/gal.

49) Wyoming: 14 cents/gal.

50) Alaska: 8 cents/gal.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama fired back at criticism over rising gas prices, claiming there is “quick fix” to lowering fuel costs.

“There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices,” he said. “There’s no silver bullet. Anybody who tells you otherwise isn’t really looking for a solution -- they’re trying to ride the political wave of the moment.”

However, the American Petroleum Institute said the president deserves some of the blame for why consumers are paying so much at the pump.

“Gasoline prices are higher today at least in part because government has neglected to pay sufficient attention to the importance of producing more of our own oil and natural gas. Adding supplies to markets is critical to keeping downward pressure on prices. And government policy has prevented and continues to prevent that,” said Eric Milito, API Group Director for Upstream and Industry Operations.

NPR reported yesterday that the price of gasoline at a Chevron station in California was $4.45 per gallon.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report says the average price of regular gasoline is $3.83, which is an increase from $3.75 last month. The average price for one gallon of gas has increased almost every month since January 2009 when President Obama took office.


 

FAITH HILL WITHOUT MAKEUP

Faith Hill went completely makeup-less as she hopped a flight from LAX to Sydney, Australia with her husband Tim McGraw and their three kids, Monday morning.

MY MAMA TOLD ME.......

According to a new study, the average mother will pass on 41 pearls of wisdom to her children.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 adults about what they learned from their mom throughout their lives.

They found 41 common tips, including “Always try your best”, and “If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.”

Mom's 41 Tips

1. Always try your best

2. If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all

3. Get an education - no-one can take that away from you

4. Eat with your mouth closed

5. If you don't ask you don't get

6. Never spend money you don't have

7. Never take sweets from strangers

8. Smile

9. Never swim on a full stomach

10. Treat people with respect

11. Always wear clean underwear

12. You never get something for nothing

13. I want never gets

14. Save money aside for a rainy day

15. Treat others how you wish to be treated yourself

16. There's no such word as 'can't'

17. Practice makes perfect

18. Mind your p's and q's

19. Never stare at people it's rude

20. Watching too much TV will make your eyes go square

21. Mom knows best

22. Look after your pennies and the pennies will look after you

23. Be true to yourself

24. Always eat breakfast

25. You only get out of life what you put into it

26. Never drink on an empty stomach

27. Courtesy and compassion cost nothing

28. Never leave the house with wet hair

29. Look up things you don't know the answer to

30. Never go to bed during an argument

31. Receive compliments gracefully

32. Life's too short to be unhappy

33. Don't eat cheese before bed

34. Always hold the door open

35. Never give up

36. Manners make the man

37. The grass is never greener

38. Give compliments easily

39. Never offer lifts to strangers

40. Always have two months' rent / mortgage saved

41. Men are very different creatures to women

ANOTHER ASTEROID ON THE WAY IN FEBRUARY

Blast it or paint it: Asteroid to threaten Earth in 2013

Published: 3 March, 2012, 22:32
Edited: 5 March, 2012, 03:33


To avert a possible catastrophe – this time set for February 2013 – scientists suggest confronting asteroid 2012 DA14 with either paint or big guns. The stickler is that time has long run out to build a spaceship to carry out the operation.

­NASA's data shows the 60-meter asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, will whistle by Earth in 11 months. Its trajectory will bring it within a hair’s breadth of our planet, raising fears of a possible collision.
 

The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.

There is a possibility the asteroid will collide with Earth, but further calculation is required to estimate the potential threat and work out how to avert possible disaster, NASA expert Dr. David Dunham told students at Moscow’s University of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM).

“The Earth’s gravitational field will alter the asteroid’s path significantly. Further scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision,” said Dr. Dunham, as transcribed by Russia’s Izvestia. “The asteroid may break into dozens of small pieces, or several large lumps may split from it and burn up in the atmosphere. The type of the asteroid and its mineral structure can be determined by spectral analysis. This will help predict its behavior in the atmosphere and what should be done to prevent the potential threat,” said Dr. Dunham.

In the event of a collision, scientists have calculated that the energy released would equate to the destructive power of a thermo-nuclear bomb.

In response to the threat, scientists have come up with some ingenious methods to avert a potential disaster.

­Fireworks and watercolors

With the asteroid zooming that low, it will be too late to do anything with it besides trying to predict its final destination and the consequences of impact.
 


 

A spaceship is needed, experts agree. It could shoot the rock down or just crash into it, either breaking the asteroid into debris or throwing it off course.
 

We could paint it,” says NASA expert David Dunham.
 

Paint would affect the asteroid’s ability to reflect sunlight, changing its temperature and altering its spin. The asteroid would stalk off its current course, but this could also make the boulder even more dangerous when it comes back in 2056, Aleksandr Devaytkin, the head of the observatory in Russia’s Pulkovo, told Izvestia.

2012 DA14 orbit diagram
2012 DA14 orbit diagram

Spaceship impossible?

Whatever the mission, building a spaceship to deal with 2012 DA14 will take two years – at least.
 

The asteroid has proven a bitter discovery. It has been circling in orbit for three years already, crossing Earth’s path several times, says space analyst Sergey Naroenkov from the Russian Academy of Sciences. It seems that spotting danger from outer space is still the area where mere chance reigns, while asteroid defense systems exist only in drafts.
 

Still, prospects of meeting 2012 DA14 are not all doom and gloom.
 

The asteroid may split into pieces entering the atmosphere. In this case, most part of it will never reach the planet’s surface,” remarks Dunham.
 

But if the entire asteroid is to crash into the planet, the impact will be as hard as in the Tunguska blast, which in 1908 knocked down trees over a total area of 2,150 sq km (830 sq miles) in Siberia. This is almost the size of Luxembourg. In today’s case, the destination of the asteroid is yet to be determined.