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Bay Area Gas Prices Jump 14 Cents in One Month

Gas prices now stand at $3.98 a gallon in Northern California, a sharp jump from March but still below the California average of $4.05, AAA officials said.

By Bay City News Service:

 The average price for a gallon of gas has gone up 14 cents in the past month, the American Automobile Association of Northern California announced Tuesday.

 Gas prices now stand at $3.98 a gallon in Northern California, a sharp jump from March but still below the California average of $4.05, AAA officials said.  The national average is the highest in nearly six months at $3.59, and has increased 10 cents in the past month.

 It is normal to see gas prices rise in the Spring, however, AAA said.

 "Each spring, refiners must start producing their summer-blend gasoline by May 1, and that process is well underway," said Bob Brown, a AAA spokesman. "Additional additives are put into the gasoline to make it burn properly, so that it will meet clean-air standards."

 "The cost of those additives is passed on to the consumer," Brown said.

 Seasonal maintenance at refineries also pushes up gas prices, but many refineries have come completed maintenance now, AAA said.

 Demand for gasoline was also at a three-month high in the United States as of two weeks ago, and has contributed to rising prices.


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Sam Chetcuti April 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM
I guess all of those alternative energy sources are so much hooey. Also the claim that the US will be energy sufficient in a few decades is beginning to look a little suspect.

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