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AAA reports Gas Prices rise 23 cents in 20 Days
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 8:23 pm In News | No Comments
Tampa, FL – With each passing day, the price of gasoline gets more expensive. In the past 20 days, gas prices have risen a total of 23 cents nationwide, 29 cents in Florida, 28 cents in Georgia, and 29 cents in Tennessee.
“Rising oil prices, increased demand, and reduced gasoline supplies have forced motorists to pay more money at the pumps in recent weeks,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “And it may not get any cheaper anytime soon. AAA forecasts that prices could rise a total of 30-50 cents by Memorial Day weekend.”
Two-thirds of the price of gasoline is typically influenced by the price of crude oil, and the fact that oil prices have risen 28 percent in the past month explains why gasoline is also more expensive.
In fact, WTI oil reached its highest daily settlement of the year at $40.20 a barrel on Thursday. The weekly average price of $38.32 a barrel is the highest since the first week in December.
“Reported cuts in production and a weakening U.S. dollar are causing the global price of crude oil to move higher,” Jenkins continued. “Speculation about whether the price of crude has bottomed-out is ongoing and attention is once again being focused on an upcoming OPEC meeting scheduled for April 17th. During this meeting the cartel is expected to make a final decision on plans to freeze production at January levels, and if successful this may help reduce the market’s current oversupply.”
Crude oil however, is not the only factor pushing pump prices higher. An increased number of refineries began seasonal maintenance last week, thus reducing the supply of gasoline in the market, at a time when demand increases for the spring travel season.
All of these factors made it more expensive for gas stations to buy gasoline last week. The wholesale price for a gallon of regular unleaded was 20 percent higher compared to the week before. When gas is more expensive for retailers to purchase, it becomes more expensive for motorists.
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Every day up to 120,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.
ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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