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Government Shutdown: Impact on Gas Prices?

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The Government Shutdown could actually end up easing the pain at the pump.  The experts at Gas Buddy tell FOX28 we're not seeing any impact right now, but if the shutdown lasts one-to-two weeks or longer you'll start to see prices go down.

That's because there will be less demand.  "There's so many trickle down factors.  That means government employees not going to work, government employees not driving government vehicles around.  The rest of the economy, the rest of America is basically watching this and it's changing their perceptions, their behaviors," says Gas Buddy's Patrick DeHaan.

DeHaan says we've seen this play out before.  Gas prices went from $4.00 per gallon all the way to about $1.70 in 2008 as the economy took a tumble.

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