California tops nation’s highest gas prices at $6.43 per gallon

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California once again tops the charts, leading the country in…wait…gasoline and diesel prices.

AAA reports today’s national average of $5.014 per gallon – California comes in at $6.436 per gallon for Regular and nearly $7.00 per gallon for Diesel.

California prices are well above national averages: the average for a gallon of regular gasoline in California is $6.436 per gallon, and a gallon of diesel is $6.991.

The Globe just took the photo above on Monday, June 13, 2022 at a Chevron gas station in Sacramento, Calif.

With Regular at $6.79 and Diesel at $7.39, gas prices in California are much higher than the state average and even higher than in Hawaii and Alaska.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday:

“California, Oregon and Washington have traditionally had higher fuel costs than the national average due to a lack of refineries and pipelines capable of pumping domestic oil,” said Patrick De Haan, head of the oil analysis at Price Tracker GasBuddy. These states must pay higher prices to ship oil, much of it from abroad, which is then passed on to the consumer, he said.

AAA reports Georgia drivers pay an average of $4,484 per gallon for gas — the lowest in the country.

Florida drivers pay $4,891 per gallon for gasoline.

Indiana drivers pay $5,221 per gallon for gasoline.

Tennessee drivers pay $4,642 per gallon for gasoline.

Mississippi drivers pay $4,524 per gallon for gasoline.

Texas drivers pay $4,664 per gallon for gasoline.

California drivers pay $6,436 per gallon for gasoline.

The Wall Street Journal Noted that “states along the Gulf Coast, including Texas and Louisiana, are among the least expensive states due to the abundance of fuel refineries, pipelines, and domestic sources of petroleum in the region”.

And with California’s oil industry profuse regulations, the highest gasoline taxes in the nation, and the special “summer mix,” expect $6,436 per gallon of gasoline to rise significantly this summer – some expect over $10.00 per gallon!

gas buddy explains summer blends: “Refineries from March to April start producing summer gasoline blends. Over 14 different blends are produced during this time, due to differing national regulations for reformulated gasoline and Reid vapor pressure requirements. May 1: Fuel terminals are required to sell only summer gasoline on May 1, while gas stations have until June 1 to complete the switch to summer gasoline. The switch from winter gasoline to summer gasoline is one of the main factors behind the seasonal fuel price increases in May.

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