I don’t drive a lot — thank goodness. But, the ever rising gas prices have me thinking I will be driving even less. CNN reports today:
The $100 fill-up has arrived in the United States.
If it’s not in your area yet… It will be soon.
As regular readers know, I live in the Los Angeles area, and gas prices have been higher here in California than other areas across the country for quite some time now.
CNN confirms the ugly facts:
California is home to the nation’s highest average gas price, $3.87 for regular unleaded; diesel is pushing $4.43 a gallon, according to Troy Green, with AAA.
San Francisco is the most expensive city, averaging $3.97 a gallon. However, a drive around the city shows many stations have jumped over $4.
The national average for regular unleaded is $3.53 and rising daily. Last year at this time, it was $2.86 per gallon. According to AAA, 24 states and the District of Columbia are averaging at or above $3.50 a gallon for regular unleaded. The state with the lowest gas is New Jersey, at $3.34 per gallon.
Adding insult to pocketbook injury:
Green says Americans should expect the price to increase another 25 cents over the next month and continue to climb over the summer months.
“A national average approaching $4 a gallon should not be ruled out by consumers later this year,” he says.
The high gas prices just make it harder for the average person to get by. That’s the bottom-line.
This year’s record high gas prices — coupled with a slow economy and the mortgage crisis — have had a cascading effect. A person making $9 an hour needs to work nearly seven hours just to pay for 15 gallons at $4 a gallon, according to CNN.com’s gas calculator.
“It seems many American consumers are being hard hit from multiple directions, and their overall budgets are being maxed to the limit,” Green says.
As for California, Green adds, “It’s unbelievable out there.”
One person interviewed at the pumps had the right idea:
Nearby, Dolly Sarlo fills up her black Mercedes. She says it’s time for Americans to “vote with your dollars and to stop using gas” and use public transportation more.
“That would really, very quickly bring down the price,” she says.
The clear choice to me for voting with your “dollars” is to vote for Hillary Clinton. John McSame is just basically 4 – 8 more years of BushCo.