Local media across the country are shining the spotlight on gas prices, which have been rising in recent weeks.
Oklahoma newspaper Tulsa World reported Wednesday that gasoline prices in Tulsa shot up “20 cents a gallon overnight,” to $3.59 from $3.38 the previous day.
Birmingham’s WBRC reported on Friday: “Three days ago in Alabama our state average was $3.19 a gallon. On Friday we’re at $3.32 a gallon and it’s only going to keep going up. “, adding: “With the supply and demand constantly changing, it is difficult to know at the moment what the increase will be that we will see.
CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS 5 reported Thursday on Texas gas prices rising to $3.20 a gallon, writing “That’s nine cents up from last week and 35 cents more than last year’s cost”.
“Drivers in El Paso pay the most on average at $3.56 per gallon, while drivers in the Brownsville-Harlingen metro area pay the least at $3.02 per gallon,” the report adds.
In the Midwest, Detroit News carried the headline, “Gasoline prices continue to rise in Michigan, up 23 cents per gallon from last week.”
“This latest increase puts the average pump price at $4.17 for regular unleaded fuel, 33 cents more than Michiganians paid in September and nearly $1 more than the same time. last year,” Detroit News wrote Monday. “Michigan’s price is nearly 40 cents above the national average, at $3.80, according to AAA-The Auto Club Group.”
FOX 32 in Chicago reported, “Pain at the pump continues as gasoline prices soar in Illinois,” offering residents of Lincoln Country a warning ahead of OPEC’s announcement that it was cutting oil production .
“As a result, you can expect pump pain to get worse before it gets better,” FOX 32 wrote on Monday. “While gasoline prices are still down from their June highs, here in Chicago the average price for regular unleaded – $4.81 per gallon according to Triple-A – is starting to creep dangerously close to the dreaded $5/gallon mark.”
Indianapolis-based WISH-TV reported that gasoline prices in Indiana had topped the $4 mark, writing on Tuesday that the average gas price had risen to $4.12 per gallon and that was “16 cents more than last week”.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reported Wednesday, “Average gas prices in Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Oshkosh top $4 a gallon; western Wisconsin has cheapest gas in the state.”
Out West, the Las Vegas Review Journal informed residents, “Gasoline prices are up more than 40 cents in one week; they could rise before falling.
“Regular gasoline prices in Las Vegas averaged $5.52 a gallon this week, more than 40 cents higher than the average price a week ago. That’s just $9 cents less than the highest recorded average price in Las Vegas of $5.61, according to AAA data,” the Review Journal wrote Tuesday. “Nevada’s average gasoline price is the second highest in the nation, behind California…The state is about $1.70 higher than the national average and 91 cents lower than the California average.”
Phoenix’s KNXV-TV offered an explainer to residents asking the question in the headline, “Why is Phoenix gas back above $5?”
“High temperature may be down in the Valley, but gas prices are rising,” the ABC15 report began on Tuesday.
The article quoted Gasbuddy analyst Patrick De Haan, who looked to California’s oil refinery problems as the source of Phoenix’s financial pain at the pump, writing, “ABC15 reviewed weekly data released by California regulators and found that recent oil inflows to Southern California refineries are often among the lowest since 2018. Gasoline inventory at refineries specifically formulated for export to states like California Arizona and Nevada is also extremely weak… Arizona gets about 60% of its gasoline from Southern California, with most of it destined for the Phoenix area. “
California itself was inundated with stories of soaring costs. The Los Angeles Times headlined, “Record Gas Prices, Electricity Troubles Show California’s Worsening Energy Vulnerabilities.” CBS Sacramento anchor Adrienne Moore told viewers the pain at the pump was “becoming unbearable”, noting that California was “just pennies away from another record”. FOX KTVU of Oakland published the article “California on the verge of breaking the record gas price”.
The Seattle Times reported on the “sharp spike” in gasoline prices affecting the West, particularly in Washington, where the price per gallon was “$1.39 above the national average” on October 3. .
“At $5.45 a gallon, gasoline prices in the Seattle area are up 15% since early September, when prices fell to their lowest since April, according to an analysis of data from the Federal Energy Information Administration,” writes the Times.
Alaska News Source reporter Lauren Maxwell told viewers Tuesday, “You’re not crazy” as gas prices “have taken a huge jump in the last week or so,” pointing out the average price per gallon in Alaska at $5.41.
“Good luck trying to find it that low in Anchorage,” Maxwell said.
Out East, Clay Moden, host of 106.5 WYRK radio in Buffalo, New York, warned residents on Thursday of soaring gas prices heading their way, writing, “Love to drive but hate the prices gasoline ? soon here in New York State. Prices change more than the weather it seems these days. »
Spectrum News 1 in Syracuse listed average prices in New York cities on Saturday, writing, “In Buffalo it’s $3.69. It’s the same in Rochester. Continuing to Syracuse, gas is a little cheaper there averaging $3.59. . And in Albany it’s $3.64.”
Following the OPEC announcement, FOX 23 Maine reported an overnight spike in gas prices, warning residents on Thursday, “The pain at the pump is coming back. Gas prices have gone up overnight, and this could just be the start.”
Gas prices are top of mind for voters as inflation and the economy continue to be top issues according to polls taking place on midterm elections.