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WASHINGTON -- Add New York to the growing list of states where gas prices are topping $4 per gallon.
On Sunday, the Empire State became the sixth state to top $4 for the average price of a gallon of gas, joining Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii and Illinois, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge.
The average price of gas also rose to more than $4 per gallon in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The next states to join the list could be Michigan, which has gas for $3.95 per gallon on average, and Indiana, where the average price is $3.94. Nevada, Washington and Wisconsin are close behind. Hawaii has the highest price in the U.S. at $4.48 per gallon. Wyoming has the lowest, at $3.54.
For American drivers, the $4 mark harkens back to the summer of 2008, when oil rose to $147 per barrel and gas prices topped out at $4.11 per gallon before the economy went into a tailspin.
The rapid increase at the pump follows a parallel rise in oil. Since Labor Day, oil has risen 48 percent and U.S. gas prices have gone up 42 percent. The increases gained momentum in mid-February when a popular rebellion in Libya turned violent and shut down the country's exports. Crude has jumped 30 percent since then, with gas prices gaining 22 percent.
Originally posted by Celcius
I was looking at the Smart Car, but it gets terrible gas mileage for its rinky dink size -- 33mpg, WTH? Size equivalent cars in the UK get twice that, why are we given inferior, gas guzzling autos?