Basin gasoline prices among highest |

Basin gasoline prices among highest

Susan Wood

California and Nevada motorists have experienced a few bumps in the road on the way to steady, lower gasoline prices. And the view of the road from afar seems to bring no end in sight to a sharp reversal to six months of falling prices.

“The price of crude has contributed to the world inflationary pressure,” said Alan Kovski, managing editor of Energy Business Watch. Oil ministers in the Oil Petroleum Exporting Countries are meeting this week to discuss their concerns about the possible oil glut, the oil industry analyst said.

OPEC is expected to cut production two months from now, thereby impacting prices.

Still, reactions are mixed as to whether the current 9-cent increase for Northern California motorists and 17-cent increase in Reno since mid-February will deter drivers from making summer travel or business plans.

“Yes, I don’t make enough money for that,” South Lake Tahoe resident Nick Gaffney said, putting gas in his Ford truck at the Shell station at the “Y.”

“This thing costs $30 to fill,” he said. He fills up his tank twice a week.

The rise in prices will dent his options of taking pleasure trips and change his driving behavior for business.

Gaffney is preparing to attend a paramedic program in Sacramento. If accepted, the long commute will probably force him to carpool.

The idea of paying more for gas in California irritates Gaffney.

He went on vacation to Florida recently and noticed how low fuel prices were along the way and at his destination.

Only outranked by Hawaii with $1.99, California and Nevada motorists tie for the second highest prices in the nation for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded gas at $1.72.

The states with the lowest prices are Oklahoma and Georgia at $1.30 a gallon. The U.S. average is $1.43, down 4 cents a gallon from last month.

It apparently takes wild horses to keep Darren and Becky Seitz of San Jose from traveling.

“I don’t like it much, but it won’t have an impact on our summer travel plans,” said Darren, who drives 100 miles a day on his commute from his home in San Jose to work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In comparison to what motorists pay in Europe, fuel is still cheap at half the price, the Seitzes cited while also pumping gas at the Shell station. The couple recently took a trip to England last summer and noticed the $4 a gallon prices.

Their concession to higher gas prices in the United States was their purchase a month ago – the economical, fuel-efficient Toyota Corolla.

However – another downfall to traveling – the Corolla was broken into through the driver-side window in a smash-and-grab burglary at the Vista Point near Cave Rock. Her purse and his briefcase were in plain view and consequently stolen.

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