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California Tops the Nation in Gas Prices, Four Counties Over $6 Per Gallon

A brief respite in the price of gas is over. Prices are headed back up.
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AAA National Gas Prices 

AAA National Gas Prices 

The price of gasoline peaked at $4.33 per gallon on March 25 as note by AAA Gas Price Statistics

Crude futures explain the brief respite and why prices are headed back up.

Crude Futures

US WTIC crude furures courtesy of Barchart.com

US WTIC crude furures courtesy of Barchart.com

Crude hit $130.50 on March 7 but the price did not stay there. 

Futures closed that day at $109.33.

Futures then declined below $100 to $93 53 on seriously wrong news of a possible peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine.

Crude futures are now headed back up. Crude futures are near $115 on March 23 and headed up.

As a result gas prices are climbing again with California leading the way.

California Gas Prices

AAA California Gas Prices by County

AAA California Gas Prices by County

The price of gasoline topped the $6.00 mark in four California counties today. 

Mono county has the dubious honor of highest-in-the-nation prices at $6.605 per gallon. 

Some stations are rapidly headed towards the $7.00 mark.

Gas Rebate Act of 2022

A group of Congressional Democrats introduced the Gas Rebate Act of 2022 to help stem the cost of rising pump prices.

The bill is sponsored by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-California, John Larson, D-Connecticut, and Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois.

The representative propose sending $100 for single tax filers earning less than $75,000 phasing out at $80,000 or joint filers earning less than $150,000 and phasing out at $160,000.

Filers also get $100 per dependent. The checks would get distributed in any month in which prices exceed $4.00 per gallon.

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This post originated at MishTalk.Com.

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