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Ouch! Gas prices hit a 6-year seasonal high

Forget those forecasts about stable gas prices this summer. Violence in Iraq is driving the price up.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 20, 2014 12:38PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.


Money Talks News on MSN MoneyPrepare yourself: The price at the pump is going up.


Gas station © Purestock/Purestock/Getty ImagesThe escalating conflict in Iraq is driving gas prices higher. The pump price averaged $3.67 per gallon in the U.S. on Wednesday, the highest it's been on that date in six years, USA Today said. That was also today's national average, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.


"Despite hopes for a less expensive summer, it looks like Americans are stuck paying above-average gas prices," AAA spokesman Michael Green said.


The price of oil, which accounts for at least two-thirds of the cost of gasoline, is climbing to near nine-month highs. Iraq trails only Saudi Arabia in oil production among OPEC nations, Bloomberg says. It produced 3.3 million barrels of crude in May.


According to Bloomberg:

The jump in crude, driven by concern that the crisis in Iraq will disrupt supplies, may boost pump prices by 10 cents a gallon at a time when they normally drop, according to forecasts, including one from the (Energy Information Administration).
"If things deteriorate even more, the spike could be even bigger than that," Phil Flynn, a senior market analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago, said by telephone. "If it weren't for the situation in Iraq, gasoline would be coming down by now. This will probably keep it elevated all summer. It's really disappointing."

Gas prices are over $4 per gallon in Alaska, California and Hawaii, Bloomberg said.


Do you have any summer road trips planned? Will a spike in gas prices spoil your vacation travel?


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149Comments
Jun 20, 2014 1:40PM
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STOP EXPORTING OUR OIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 20, 2014 1:52PM
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THEY BLAMED BUSH FOR THIS YEARS AGO,

IS THIS ONE ON OBAMA ,OR WILL THE TALKING HEADS AND MEDIA PUNKS LET HIM SLIDE ?
Jun 20, 2014 2:17PM
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gas has doubled in price since obama became dictator.
Jun 20, 2014 2:50PM
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The reason why gas is so high is because our buddies on WALL STREET ARE SPECULATING OR THINKING something may come from the Iraq unrest.  By the way, the Iraq refinery that has smoke coming from it is only used by IRAQI'S for DOMESTIC things like cooking gas or heat.  IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GLOBAL PRODUCTION except for WALL STREET to make money from it at our expense.
Jun 20, 2014 2:37PM
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BEND OVER ,,,GRAB YOUR ANKLES AND SMILE!

Two U.S. senators on Wednesday said they want to raise the federal gasoline and diesel tax by 12 cents a gallon to prevent a fund that pays for about half of the country's transportation projects from running out of money in August.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy called for raising the tax 6 cents a year for two years and linking future fuel tax increases to inflation.

The gasoline tax is now 18.4 cents a gallon, and the diesel tax is 24.4 cents a gallon.

CORKER AND MURPHY NEED TO GO !   TAX AND SPEND,, TAX AND SPEND !


NOT ONLY WILL YOU BE PAYING AT THE PUMP, BUT FOR ANYTHING THAT MOVES ON THE GROUND,SEA AND AIR


Jun 20, 2014 2:12PM
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LMMFAO, 6 years you say, CHANGE IS GOOD!!!  Morons!!
Jun 20, 2014 2:13PM
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As usual the big oil companies record record quarterly profits in the billions.
Jun 20, 2014 3:06PM
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The worse president in the history of this country is Obama, Carter is smiling now.
Jun 20, 2014 2:34PM
Jun 20, 2014 2:25PM
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Its still Bush''s fault even though it was 1.80 a gallon national average when he left office... It didnt take long to hit 3.00 a gallon under this NEW CHANGE ADMINISTRATION now did it?? The ones who voted for him dont care they get FREE EVERYTHING ANYWAY they dont care what anything costs they get free OBAMA BUCKS, once again the working man takes one in the posterior and will always!!!

The democratic way is the ME ME ME ME HANDOUT WAY on the backs of the TAXPAYER A.K.A THE WORKING MAN

 

If this country is stupid enough to vote another DEM in especially BILLARY we need to all quit paying taxes etc... Businesses need to quit taking taxes out of our paychecks and if we do decide to pay taxes thats our choice if we agree with what is going on and choose to fund it then so be it! I know one thing is I wont help thats for sure..

 

Good day everyone

Jun 20, 2014 2:11PM
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 " No........ Surplus or not, raise the price. We can always find something or someone to blame it on."

[ One corporate gas weasel talking to another gas weasel ]

Jun 20, 2014 2:11PM
Jun 20, 2014 2:02PM
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Well glad I bought a 40 mpg car because this price has been too high for longer than just recently.
Jun 20, 2014 2:15PM
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Hey President Dumbazz..........Keystone, Keystone, Keystone
Jun 20, 2014 3:01PM
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Still there are fools who will vote for the same jerks over and over again..

It's past time to take our country back from the under a thousand people who are destroying it.

Jun 20, 2014 2:46PM
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Well yes for sure the oil companies needed something to blame to raise prices and rip people off again, the perfect way to steal is blame it on high oil prices, well America, we have more oil here at home now then we ever have had in the past, south Dakota oil fields hold enough oil to out supply anything that the middle east has ever sent over here, so I hope that every American call congress, etc and this time lets not tolerate this garbage. The day is coming that electric cars are going to hand it back to these greedy bastards.

I already drive a volt and have not bought gas since February,

If you people think that we Americans are so stupid that we don't smell the fishy garbage that you lie about daily think again.

from the miracle crashing of 8 hard drives at the IRS. and the criminals taking the 5th in order to keep lying and stealing from us citizens, to this bull crap.

enough said.


Jun 20, 2014 3:10PM
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again @DAVE1230 this is the rest of it please enjoy..

 

In addition, according to the , prices (in nominal dollars: not adjusted for inflation) peaked during Bush’s second term at $4.09 per gallon in July 2008 and then fell to $2.15 in November, when there was an election, and fell further in December 2008 to $1.68 per gallon.

When Bush entered office in January 2001, the price was $1.47 per gallon. (It peaked in Bush’s first term at $2.02, in October 2004.)

Under President Obama, have not fallen below $2.05 per gallon since April 2009, and the highest average price, so far, was $3.93 in May 2011.

This week, CBS News reported that a shell station in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., was charging $5.99 per gallon for premium, and another station in Orlando, Fla., was . The average price in Florida is $3.67 for unleaded.

The AAA Web site lists the , showing California with the highest average at $4.20.

The U.S. city average for the price of one gallon of unleaded gasoline, as documented by the -- from when Barack Obama was elected in November 2008 to today -- is presented below:

2008

November $2.15 Barack Obama defeats John McCain in presidential race

December $1.68 Last full month for President George W. Bush

2009

January $1.78 Barack Obama inaugurated as president (Jan. 20)

February $1.92

March $1.94

April $2.05

May $2.26

June $2.63

July $2.54

August $2.62

September $2.57

October $2.56

November $2.66

December $2.62

2010

January $2.73

February $2.65

March $2.78

April $2.85

May $2.86

June $2.73

July $2.73

August $2.74

September $2.70

October $2.79

November $2.85

December $2.98

2011

January $3.09

February $3.16

March $3.54

April $3.81

May $3.93

June $3.70

July $3.65

August $3.63

September $3.61

October $3.46

November $3.42

December $3.27

2012

January $3.381

February $3.64

 

this is as far as it goes but hopefully your smart enough to see the patern here??

 

Jun 20, 2014 4:57PM
Jun 20, 2014 3:07PM
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@DAVE1230 you sir are struggling...

 

(CNSNews.com) – The average price for one gallon of unleaded gasoline has increased nearly every month since Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009. At that time, when George W. Bush was leaving office, the price was $1.78 per gallon. Today, three years and one month later, the average price is $3.64.

Jun 20, 2014 9:16PM
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Obama PROMISED $5 gasoline, and it is coming.  I don't want to hear one complaint from Obama voters.   They are getting what they voted for.  An economically incoherent energy policy, based upon Socialist ideals and environmental Nazi's.  California's 70 cents plus in taxes plus the 18.5 Federal gas tax is not enough?  HI, CA, NY, IL all are extreme state gas taxers, glad to see their citizens paying through the nose.
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