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Gas prices reach 4-month high during February surge

Average nationwide gas prices saw double-digit jumps twice this month.

By Clifford Atiyeh Feb 22, 2013 12:15PM
Gas prices have reached a four-month high after surging all February in what may be a reaction to increased crude-oil prices at the end of last year, according to the latest report from the Energy Information Administration.

The average nationwide price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.75, up 21 cents from the first week of February and 45 cents from the start of 2013.

The EIA said that all states now have prices hovering above the $4 mark for the first time since October.

Prices began shooting up after Jan. 28, when the average price for regular was $3.36, and have yet to ebb, including double-digit weekly increases for two weeks in February.

December capped off a year of record-high average pump prices, but high crude-oil prices didn't trickle to the retail level until January and the first half of February, when the per-barrel price shot up $6, or 15 cents per gallon, according to the EIA. Refinery shutdowns for routine maintenance also drove up prices this month.

Increased production and additional imports should relax prices as the winter moves aside into spring, but for now, gas prices are indeed higher than we're used to seeing. Average regular prices in the Midwest shot up more than any region when compared with last week, at $3.76 per gallon. West Coast drivers saw an 11-cent increase from last week to $3.97 per gallon, while the East Coast took the smallest hit, up 10 cents to $3.75. Diesel, at $4.16 nationwide, is 20 cents higher than at the same time in 2012.

But don't bet on $4-plus summer prices just yet. In fact, with oil costs, it's good not to read too far into the future.

"U.S. refinery maintenance typically peaks in February, and we expect that many of the facilities that have recently decreased crude runs should return to normal operations in the coming weeks," the EIA said. "However, this increased supply will likely be countered by the seasonal increase in demand, which typically begins in the spring."

[Source: EIA]

110Comments
Feb 22, 2013 1:02PM
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Oil price 2008, $147 per barrel. Gas price $4.00 gal. Oil price 2013, $93.50 per barrel. Gas price $4.00 gal. Who says the cost of gas is related to the price of oil?
Feb 22, 2013 12:59PM
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woohoo here we go shut down all refineries to boost prices along with every excuse in the book of why they raise prices
Feb 22, 2013 1:02PM
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Dont count on it coming down anytime soon..they will find some other dumb a$$ reason to keep it there.

So much for a vacation again this year..*sigh*..

Feb 22, 2013 1:35PM
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Gas prices @ 4 month high while wages  are @ an all time low....
Feb 22, 2013 1:19PM
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Oil companies want to keep gas prices close to $4.00/gal as consumers' we will get use to that high then the next they will shoot of $5.00 and on and on. We get screwed every time.
Feb 22, 2013 1:15PM
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ain't it funny how gas prices went up after someone was sworn in.
Feb 22, 2013 1:33PM
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It's all political. Get them out of the politicians pockets and get our country back to where people can afford to live.

Feb 22, 2013 1:30PM
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Its GREED and until someone catches them , fines them, and imprisons them, it will NEVER change
Feb 22, 2013 1:20PM
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the election is over OBAMAGEDON is just starting
Feb 22, 2013 1:53PM
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Raising gas prices will not help the economic recovery.  Gas goes up the groceries go up; they clothing goes up; then hard goods go up, then forclosures increase.  It is amazing how "smart" (yeah, right) our government is!

Feb 22, 2013 1:43PM
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people it a scam , it called price fixing that 's all it is
Feb 22, 2013 1:34PM
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Yes the thiefs are getting ready for the summer rip off season, every year there is some lame excuse as to why they need to steal every single penney they can gouge out of americans. I think it is time for all of us boycott every petrolium procuct on the market. until every person boycotts the oil companys I see no reason to keep complaining, actions will make change i say boycott, I myself have boycotted, If every single american will just stop buying the gas the price will fall like a rock.

Feb 22, 2013 1:51PM
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You think its bad now, wait till your electric bills skyrocket because new coal mines will not be allowed to open thanks to dear leader Obama.
Feb 22, 2013 1:30PM
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we the consumer control the price stay home once in a while we need a national stay at home day then see what happens
Feb 22, 2013 1:54PM
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Routine maintenance my ****! Every year to the same refineries?  The space program doesn't seem to have this many regular upgrades.  Just another way to drive up prices . If there is one thing that should be done by the Fed it is lock in pricing to actual USA demand and availability of product ( oil). Plus stop any oil Tax breaks. Enough !
Feb 22, 2013 1:34PM
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Does anyone really believe this BS?
Feb 22, 2013 1:46PM
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There is no inflation nothing to worry about. Food prices fuel prices are the same as they were five years ago. You mean we are living large just as Obama says we are? Oh and property taxes are the same as 5 years ago as well. Wow I think I'll go out and buy a boat and join a private golf club with all my extra money.
Feb 22, 2013 1:53PM
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somehow we need to get the dictator obama out of office  in 4 more years we will all be on walfare but thats what he wants
Feb 22, 2013 1:47PM
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i dont understand why the dictator obama said he would take care of it
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