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Gas prices could continue to rise through September

Monday, July 22, 2013 6:46 PM
Last updated Tuesday, July 23, 2013 3:25 PM
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Get ready to dig deeper into your pocket to fill your car tank.

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Dylan Weeks, of Grovetown, fills up his car in downtown Augusta. Prices at the pump have skyrocketed locally in the past couple of weeks.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Dylan Weeks, of Grovetown, fills up his car in downtown Augusta. Prices at the pump have skyrocketed locally in the past couple of weeks.

Prices at the pump have increased in recent weeks and could continue to rise through September, experts say. In Augusta, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose 6 cents in the past week to $3.37.

“We are going to see prices go up the remainder of this month, into August and probably continue until Labor Day,” AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady said.

Prices across Georgia and the nation also rose – 8 cents and 6 cents more than last week, respectively.

In South Carolina, gas prices were the cheapest in the nation. A gallon of regular fuel cost $3.33 Monday, or 6 cents more than a week ago.

The price of crude oil is at a 16-month high caused by drops in oil supplies, Middle East tensions and high demand for fuel, AAA said. Gas prices could rise even higher if a hurricane threatens.

The cost of a barrel of oil closed Friday at $108.05 – $2.10 more than the previous week.

The summer vacation season increases demand and contributes to higher gas prices but does not explain fluctuations on its own, Brady said.

In both 2011 and 2012, fuel prices rose after July Fourth through Labor Day, which is observed on the first Monday in September. Factors contributing to the rise were different each year.

This time a year ago, the average Georgia fuel price was 18 cents less and the national average was 21 cents less. European sanctions against Iran and the ongoing European debt crisis contributed to last summer’s high prices, Brady said.

The rising prices haven’t gotten high enough to affect travel, Brady said. People won’t cancel vacations but are likely to make small adjustments in other areas of disposable spending such as dining out and entertainment.

“Prices are high but they aren’t at a breaking point right now for people,” she said.

AT THE PUMP PRICES FOR REGULAR UNLEADED GASOLINE
REGIONCURRENTWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
National$3.67$3.61$3.58$3.46
Georgia$3.54$3.46$3.45$3.36
South Carolina$3.33$3.27$3.25$3.15
Augusta$3.37$3.31$3.35$3.21

Source: AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/23/13 - 07:34 am
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That darn George Bush....

It's all his fault!!!

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/23/13 - 08:32 am
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Naturally

It costs a lot of money to donate to all those politicians.
Once the proper donations have been made, the prices will drop a little, yet again and still a little higher.

Since 2009.
The gas prices have only jumped from $1.49 - $1.65 to $3.24 - $3.59 that is about 100+%.

See for yourself
http://gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx

Darby
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Darby 07/23/13 - 10:46 am
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There must be a way to link this mess to Abe

Lincoln. After all, he started all this Republican stuff.

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Shortcomment 07/23/13 - 11:13 am
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Darby - think deeper

Its those damn Yankees fault
http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/history/pennsylvania/pennsylvania.html

or was it the Pilgrims fault?
(insert smile)

Darby
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Darby 07/23/13 - 10:49 pm
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@ Shortcomment - You got me thinking...

Maybe it was Cain or Able... Which one of those guys was the progressive???

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