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Northern California gas prices jump 14 cents over past month

The average price for a gallon of gas has gone up 14 cents in the past month, the American Automobile Association of Northern California announced Tuesday.

Gas prices now stand at $3.98 a gallon in Northern California, a sharp jump from March but still below the California average of $4.05, AAA officials said.

The national average is the highest in nearly six months at $3.59, and has increased 10 cents in the past month.

It is normal to see gas prices rise in the spring, however, AAA said.

"Each spring, refiners must start producing their summer-blend gasoline by May 1, and that process is well underway," said Bob Brown, a AAA spokesman. "Additional additives are put into the gasoline to make it burn properly, so that it will meet clean-air standards."

"The cost of those additives is passed on to the consumer," Brown said.

Seasonal maintenance at refineries also pushes up gas prices, but many refineries have come completed maintenance now, AAA said.

Demand for gasoline was also at a three-month high in the United States as of two weeks ago, and has contributed to rising prices.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by David Malne
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

Interesting that under Bush, every PENNY of increase was banner news. However under the MSM's boy, Barry, rarely a hiccup. Can't wait for November---vote often.


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Posted by Julia Pardini
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

We will not do more drilling here or Alaska. Environment impact would be huge. Whats is few extra cents if we can leave a greener, cleaner world for the next generation.

Thanks for listening.

Julia Pardini from Alamo


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Posted by Acro(nym) Phobia
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Anyone who knows that MSM stands for MainStream Media needs to change the channel occasionally (I had to look it up). Otherwise it'll feed your PC (by which I do not mean political correctness. Or personal computer. PC stands for Persecution Complex).


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