Update: According to AAA on Monday, gas prices continue to climb – though motorists throughout the nation really don’t need anyone or any organization to verify that fact. The sordid details, however, are quite definite from the motor source’s web site by its assertion that gas prices have climbed every single day for the past 32 days.
This week, alone, as of Friday, prices have risen every day of the week with the national average back up to $3.71 per regular gallon of gas. In the past month, gas has increased 40 cents, according to the source. This puts the current price the most expensive it has ever been for February.
Commentators on the topic are grumbling that we are already seeing the much-dreaded summer prices when winter has more than a month remaining on the calendar. Naturally, the fear is experiencing what summer gas prices will be like if they are this incredibly high already.
While the blame is put on the price of crude oil, production cuts, and other factors such as limited supplies of gas due to refineries closing down for maintenance that are out of the everyday-realm-of-comprehension for the average consumer, the bottom line is that gas prices have been a burden on Americans – who are already struggling to make ends meet in the current economy – much too long.
There has been the public suggestion that refinery maintenance be done at intervals throughout the year so that so many facilities aren’t closed down at the same time – causing the alleged shortage of gas supplies due to the maintenance of the refineries at this time. There are options in the industry to make things better, apparently, but they are not being administered.