Gas prices tumbling ahead of July 4th
The average price of a gallon of gas has fallen sharply over the past month. That's good news for travelers.
While the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas nationwide is $3.48 today, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, some parts of the country -- including the Midwest -- are seeing sub-$3 prices. The national average a month ago was $3.62. Despite the recent drop, prices are still higher on average than they were a year ago at this time, when they sat at $3.33 a gallon.
In Tulsa, Okla., a gallon of unleaded is averaging $3.02 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com, meaning folks around there shouldn't have too hard of a time finding cheaper fuel prices. GasBuddy noted the Midwest has seen a particularly sharp up and down, with prices around $4 a gallon at the beginning of June and a precipitous fall of around $1 a gallon to this week's prices. South Carolina is currently enjoying the lowest average gas prices in the country at $3.14 a gallon, GasBuddy reports.
"Gas prices across the country are finally moving lower in lockstep, leading up to the Fourth of July, which is welcome news for the 34.4 million travelers that AAA expects to travel by automobile this holiday period," AAA said. "The national average may continue to drift lower in the coming days, especially as prices in the Midwest and Great Lakes retreat from near-historic highs, however crude oil prices remain substantially higher than last year and are likely to limit the amount further that the national price will fall."
One reason for the recent drop in the prices is a huge BP refinery expansion coming online in Indiana, according to GasBuddy. The expanded facility is the largest BP refinery in the nation. The refinery can produce 413,000 barrels of fuel per day.
While a AAA survey ahead of the vacation week indicated a slight drop in travelers -- and that fuel prices were not a factor -- some might find the recent plunge in gas prices to be an invitation to fill up the car and take a ride. The AAA survey indicated that a lot of drivers find $3 a gallon to be the point at which they find fuel to be too expensive.
It could be a long wait to reach that point in several states that still have average gas prices near or above $4 a gallon -- mainly in the West.
Here are the most expensive states to buy gas, according to AAA:
- Hawaii ($4.32)
- Alaska ($4.04)
- California ($3.99)
- Washington ($3.79)
- Idaho ($3.77)
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Bullsh*t article from the propaganda-pushing media.
Gas prices only dropped one cent... just one... two days ago and has since jumped up fifteen cents today. FIFTEEN!!!!!!
This might be true in other areas, but here in Grand Rapids, MI prices jumped 20 cents a gallon today, just in time for the holiday. Plus if the stations here stay true to form they may even jump again on Saturday just in time for travelers to head home. Stations here are so predictable. Gas goes up every Monday (and sometimes Thursday too) and starts coming down a penny at a time the next day or sometimes even later that same day. I don't buy all the crap about busted pipelines, downed refineries, etc. These things happened years ago too, but prices didn't jump like this on a regular basis. It is pure and simple greed.
It's CORRUPTION AND GREED by people who know you can't do anything about it. It will not change because politicians are getting RICH so therefore to them there is no problem. They don't even pay for their own gas so what the hell do they care. People in this country losing time from work due to government sequester while we give our money away to other countries.
This is the kind of government you expect to help the AMERICAN people. All they are worried about is our tax dollars.
Egypt's unrest has already sent futures up over the $100 mark for a barrel of oil, course that's futures but the prices at the stations are spiking up now on that news. Face it were all screwed. The current administration does not want coal production, domestic oil production or it seems anything other than it's own hot air to help propel us down the highway.
Face it, everytime an Arab farts in the Middle East the oil producers and the wall street speculators turn the screw another turn. Get use to it as their is no relief in sight.
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