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16 May 2018, 01:32 | Silvia Roy
That jump in gasoline prices you've noticed in the last week may have more than a little to do with geopolitics
As the price for crude rises, consumers and businesses will feel the pinch as gasoline could exceed $3 a gallon by summer time.
With sanctions expected to be back in place within the next three to six months, Iran's crude exports are forecasted to decrease, pushing oil prices higher, AAA said.
Also, refiners' maintenance prior to producing the more expensive summer blend of fuel, California's high fuel fees and taxes (including a new one) and an increase in travel are among other likely causes for the fuel-cost hikes.
$2.04/g in 2017, $1.97/g in 2016, $2.39/g in 2015, $3.35/g in 2014 and $3.58/g in 2013. Austin- $2.61/g, up 5.4 cents per gallon from last week's $2.55/g. Even by vehicle, it's going to cost you more as gas prices are expected to be the highest we've had in three years. "Some of the factors at play in the rising prices: President Trump's USA withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran and oil supplies that have continued to drop as US exports surpass Venezuela- a surprising feat given Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world".
Oil prices have risen over the late spring as supplies have gotten tighter and demand has increased.
The AAA analysis shows motorists in 19 states are now paying above the national average for fuel, with nine states seeing average gas prices above the $3 a gallon mark.
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