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Connecticut Gas Prices No Longer Tops In Lower 48

While Connecticut has ceded the dubious distinction of having the most expensive average gasoline prices in the continental United States to Illinois, pump prices have increased eight cents in the past week to an average of $3.90 per gallon for unleaded regular in the Nutmeg State, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Nationally, the average price for regular gasoline has increased 13 cents in the past week, to $3.63 per gallon. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

The increasing national average highlights the broad trend of higher pump prices due to rising global crude oil prices, much more expensive domestic ethanol as a result of the current Midwestern drought, and an increase in demand due to the summer driving season. However, looking at prices for individual states during this period reveals that regional price trends have varied dramatically. 

As headlines focused on the largest July increase for the national average retail gas price in more than a dozen years, drivers in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. have actually seen prices decline over the last month.  This price relief has come as refining and distribution issues have been resolved. The onset of these issues had pressured prices in the region higher late this spring—even as the national average retail price was falling. The downward pressure on regional prices from these issues being resolved has been enough to outweigh the upward pressure on prices that has sent the national average higher over the past month.

Arizona now has the least expensive average gasoline price in the country at $3.29 per gallon.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, we’re still paying less to fill up than we were a year ago, when the statewide average was $4.03.

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Daniella Ruiz August 24, 2012 at 01:15 PM
http://www.oilnergy.com/datanumb.htm Buy when the six month trend goes the lowest! Plan your travels!
Daniella Ruiz August 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
while the wizards of finance in Washington DC attempt to mollify everyone's desires, it is the suppliers who essentially determine the cost of finding, extracting and delivering that lovely stuff. They are driven by simple greed, stockholder opinion and could care less about the end user. The end user is nothing more than the ultimate 'sucker' who, once addicted, cannot say no to anything, since their life now depends on the 'bubblin crude' to function in this lazy a.r.s.e. society.
Daniella Ruiz August 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
but in most euro countries, if you have need to go 'cross the country', you only have to go the same distance as, say, from Rhode Island all the way to the border of New York. so they just don't use as much fuel, at all. And they have a COOPERATIVE rail system that interconnects most, if not ALL, of those tiny countries. Compare that to the Amtrak mish-mosh that doesn't have EUROPASS type bargains for travellers! Europe is light years AHEAD of this regressive, old fart country!
LiveForFreedom August 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The question to WHY DO WE EVEN USE GAS? The answer (Wilipedia): The United States has the largest passenger vehicle market of any country in the world with an estimated 254.4 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States according to a 2007 DOT study. The question: Cars today don't need to use gas, electricity, solar and other fuels have been developed, yet Detriot and Japan keep rolling out the gas users. The answer: Detroit has rolled out the $40,000 electric Chevy Volt. Nissanhas rolled out the $35,000 electric Nissan Leaf. Go out and buy one. I would if I could afford one. Then figure out where you are going to get FREE electricity to power it? Electricity is expensive and in short supply. There is a shortage of electric power in California. The environmentalists in the United States will not let Obama build a new Nuclear power plant, a new coal fired electric plant or a new oil fired electric plant. So where are we going to get the electricity to power 254.4 million electric cars? We should be drilling for oil and natural gas in the United States. Americas has more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil.
Paul Chotkowski August 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@ stluva50s, Patch posts stories and comments on many different “Patches” I actually post on the Farmington Patch. Most Kool Aid drinking Alinskyites don’t let facts get in the way of the narrative but for the record, I grew up in an immigrant family that embraced American Exceptionalism. We lived in a coal heated apartment in East Cambridge, MA that contained 640 sq ft of space [hence the reference]. We had personal knowledge of the horrors of the Communist East block. So when I post on the subject, I speak from first & second hand reliable personal sources! If you want to live in the city - God Bless - that is what freedom is! I under no circumstance want a Progressive / Socialist government under the guise of the UN’s Agenda 21 forcing me and mine to live back in the city because it “changes consumption patterns”, “ protects fragile environments”, “strengthens the role of indigenous peoples, and whose “Implementation includes financial mechanisms” [a.k.a. international taxes and wealth transfers to the third world] all direct quotes from the document. Thank you no thank. Green IS the new Red and the environmental movement has been co opted by Eco Marxists. As BHO likes to say let me be clear, the only persons I have disdain for are individuals who have no code, no honor, and no courage so they post anonymously. Vaya con dios Comrade Guy Fawkes I hope you enjoy the Black Block reunion in Tampa. I will continue to support Freedom in the light of day!

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