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Gas prices climb 10 cents over past three weeks

Posted April 12, 2009

— The U.S. price of gasoline increased nearly 10 cents a gallon during the past three weeks, but remains well below year-ago prices. That's according to the national Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday.

Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of regular grade gasoline was $2.05 a gallon Friday, when the survey was completed.

That's up from $1.95 a gallon recorded on March 20, but down $1.27 from the price at this time last year.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded self-serve gasoline in North Carolina on Wednesday was $2.01 and in South Carolina $1.899. A month ago the state's average price was $1.901; South Carolina's $1.796.

Asheville had the highest priced gasoline in North Carolina at $2.059; Boone the cheapest at $1.967.

Charleston had the highest priced gasoline in South Carolina at $1.92; Spartanburg the cheapest at $1.845. South Carolina has 16 cents a gallon gasoline tax; North Carolina's tax is approximately 30 cents a gallon.

The lowest price for gasoline in the U.S. was found in Newark, N.J. at $1.83 a gallon. The highest was in Anchorage at $2.40.

The lowest price in California was $2.30 a gallon in Stockton and the highest was $2.33 in San Diego. The average price in Los Angeles was $2.32.

Motorists looking for ways to conserve gasoline should consider:

  • Buy the least expensive in your area. Gasoline is federally regulated and virtually identical blends at different stations.
  • Monitor driving behavior, follow the speed limit and avoid accelerating or decelerating quickly. For every five miles per hour over 65 mph, gasoline efficiency decreases 10 percent.
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep vehicles properly maintained, including scheduled oil changes and air filter replacements. Consult your owner¹s manual for specific instructions.
  • Avoid excess weight in your vehicle. When vacationing, try to avoid strapping luggage on the roof where it causes drag and reduces fuel economy.
  • Whenever possible, consolidate trips.
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  • delilahk2000 Apr 13, 2009

    There is no reason for gas to be going up except for pure GREED. The reason being is,that gas never came down comparible to the price per barrel of oil, so they have already made their profits, but it is never ENOUGH FOR THEM. When oil was 32.00 a barrel gas should have been 1.25 but no, so now they just raise it cause they can, AND OUR GOV.DOES NOT CARE. They cut production to get prices up, shut down refineries to get prices up, I CALL THIS EXTORTION PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 13, 2009

    kcfoxie....thank you for assuming I only have one vehicle in my family.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 13, 2009

    If you haven't sold your SUV yet, now is the time. Prices are still low and dumb people will buy yer gas guzzlers. Or, just keep 'em and stop yer whinin' when prices go back up.

    Finite resources are not infinitely available.

  • NCTeacher Apr 13, 2009

    Well of course it went up 10 cents. A holidat weekend was coming up. A holiday weekend where many people would be doing extra driving. Expect the same to happen again just in time for summer.

  • Nancy Apr 13, 2009

    If crude was not traded as a futures commodity, the prices would be victim to one less market 'force'. We know that we don't produce what we use so we're subject to what other countries do that sell us crude.

    The bulk of our crude oil purchases come from Canada, Venezuela and then the ME. Funny, Chavez was talking about raising prices of gas in Venezuela, this of course after world market demand dropped and all of a sudden he can't give gas away to other countries/ his own people as cheaply anymore. His proverbial golden goose doesn't lay as many eggs now.

    Prices will rise as we near summer vacation months again too, because they can, and it won't be solely based on demand/use.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Apr 13, 2009

    So is this increase still blamed on Bush?!? He's been out for a few weeks now.

  • kcfoxie Apr 13, 2009

    dalefan: you need a better vehicle. I don't know what kind you have, but you need something far more efficient. I don't own a hybrid, but I don't top $200/mo and drive over 2000mi/month on average.

    Tho those who think domestic drilling is the answer: keep dreaming. Drilling here will only devistate our natural resources, pollute the waterways and eventually the farm land, and reduce the future generations to importing everything because we allowed the destruction of the natural environment we very much co-dependent upon.

  • jonl90 Apr 13, 2009

    This is noting but pure greed! Inventories are high, and demand is at a record low. Gas should be about a 1.50/gallon. But you know what, big oil wants more 40+ billion, quatrely profits, and you know uncle sam wants his cut too. . .

  • wildervb Apr 13, 2009

    "Well, this cap and trade stuff will make the prices go back up to the $4/gal level, but that's the way to get everyone to buy hybrids. Before, it was the oil companies getting rich, now it'll just be our government."

    First of all, none of the Cap and Trade proposals have been passed yet, nor do we know how much that might translate to.

    Secondly, if we do nothing about our usage of gasoline, we're guarenteed to have $4 gasoline and higher in the very near future.

    Third, if the government takes in the money it will immediatly be respent back into the economy. It's not be shipped to a foreign country add more billions to our foreign debt.

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 13, 2009

    FIREHORSE, YOU ARE RIGHT...IT'S NOTHING BUT GREED. WILCO HESS (ARE YOU LISTENING/READING?) ONE OF THEIR LOCATIONS PLAYS WITH THE PRICE EVERY DAY. BACK AND FORTH FROM 1.99 TO 1.93 FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN GREED. I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THEM FOR YEARS BECAUSE THEY ARE BASED HERE IN NC, BUT I'M TIRED OF THEIR PRICE GOUGING TACTICS, SO I GO TO COSTCO AND WALMART NOW. I HOPE THEY READ THIS AND KNOW THAT THEY LOST ABOUT $100 A WEEK.

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