AAA: California Pump Prices at $4.18 per Gallon, Highest in Nation


According to AAA, the national gas price average held steady at $2.65 per gallon, however, Californian’s are paying on average $4.18 per gallon.

AAA said most motorists around the country are seeing prices decline or stabilize, with the majority of states seeing gas prices decrease by as much as a nickel since last Monday. But significant price jumps in California (+16 cents on the week) have pushed prices higher for motorists in the region, as gasoline stocks tighten along the West Coast.

“All regions are seeing planned and unplanned refinery maintenance, but it is only the West Coast that is really seeing gasoline stocks tighten and gas prices increase,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “On the whole, we are seeing gasoline demand mostly push lower amid stable, but healthy gasoline stock levels which are ultimately keeping prices cheaper for most motorists.”

Today, 51% of all gas stations in the country are selling regular unleaded for $2.50 or less, while 77% are selling for $2.75 or less.

West Coast

Pump prices in the West Coast region have increased on the week, following a number of refinery outages that have tightened supply in the market. However, price increases have slowed as refineries work to resume production capacity. Assuming no additional outages, pump prices should stabilize toward the end of the week. California ($4.18) and Hawaii ($3.67) are the most expensive markets in the country. Nevada ($3.42), Washington ($3.28), Oregon ($3.16), Alaska ($2.95) and Arizona ($2.91) follow. California (+16 cents) saw the largest increase, followed by Nevada (+14 cents).

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report, for the week ending on September 27, showed that total West Coast gasoline stocks decreased slightly from 27.1 million bbl to 27 million bbl. This level is approximately 900,000 bbl lower than this same time last year. Tighter supplies will continue to cause prices to spike, but as refineries resume normal gasoline production levels, pump prices are expected to stabilize.

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  1. We need to invest into public transportation. Our railways are pathetic compared to ones in Europe and Japan. GM really screwed our country up destroying the railway cars in favor of highways and more cars. The Koch Brothers also rely heavily on smear campaigns against public transportation because they have hands in fossil fuels. As Americans, we should be outraged. Do some research folks.

    • I don’t like pubic transportation. You wind up stuck with smelly people who have no concept of what personal hygiene is all about. I’ve only been on BART once and that was enough! Some homeless guy was sleeping on a seat within view with lice crawling all over him. Another one was hitting people up for money.

  2. “GM” didn’t destroy passenger rail – it was only one factor. It’s demise was due to many factors – the building of the interstate highway system, demand for suburban housing (encouraged by government at all levels), excessive demands by the railroad unions and Americans’ collective love for the freedom of car ownership (enter GM et. al).

    Although passenger rail can and does work fairly well in some limited urban areas (like the Boston to DC corridor), the vast geographic area of the U.S. makes it very difficult to be financially viable on a national scale (what remains of Amtrak continues to operate only with heavy government subsidy). Europe and Japan have entirely different geography.

    • Those are very credible points, but Europe and Japan all have interstate highways and a love for cars. It brings up the point, how did private corporations like GM sand DuPont have so much influence over public policy like infrastructure and transportation? The Eastern corridor with Amtrak goes max ~125mph if there’s no cargo or other trains present, while high speed rail in Europe goes well over 300mph. Amtrak for the most part is inefficient for state-to-state travel which forces Americans to go by plane which can be more costly. BART expansion in the Bay Area has also been underwhelming considering the potential mass amount of tax revenue brought in from Silicon Valley, SF, and East Bay. All things considered, I believe our country deserves better infrastructure and not to have fossil fuel special interests meddling in it. Which will decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and stories like this article.

  3. I’ve ridden on both European and Japanese trains when I lived there and they are superb. No bums are allowed on them like we have here on BART! No one bothers you on the European trains and they are spotless.

  4. I’m not going to drive that much. The supermarket is within walking distance (one block) as is the bank and some restaurants. I’ll spend more time gardening and also working on the plants in my hothouse. The kids can use their bikes to get to their martial art lessons and ballet classes or they can walk.

  5. According to several geologists and petroleum engineers I know, we have over 100 BILLION barrels of oil sitting right off the coast of Santa Barbara. There is so much oil there that it seeps onto the beaches and you wind up with it clinging to the bottom of your bare feet as you walk there. Why can’t those be harvested? There are platform already set up in that area. It’s all there for the taking!

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