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Idahoans are now paying the seventh-highest gas prices in the country, AAA reports today, at an average $3.75 a gallon, down about 5 cents from a month ago, but well above the $3.48 national average. Washington is even higher, ranking fourth in the nation at $3.79; Utah is 10th at $3.71. AAA Idaho says gas prices mostly have been dropping around the nation, but western states haven’t seen the big drop. Now, with the uncertainty in Egypt, the motorist group expects gas prices to rise again.
“We’re constantly reminded that oil is an international commodity, priced in ways that may make no sense here in Idaho,” said Dave Carlson, AAA Idaho spokesman. “Motorists are also influenced by regional supply fluctuations that they have no potential to influence.”
AAA’s daily fuel gage report from around the state showed these pump prices in Idaho today: Idaho Falls, $3.63; Pocatello, $3.70; Coeur d’Alene, $3.62; Lewiston, $3.65; Boise, $3.80; Nampa, $3.82; and Twin Falls, $3.76.
Nationwide, the most expensive gas was in Hawaii at $4.30 a gallon, followed by Alaska, $4.04; and California, $3.98.
While gas prices in Idaho are considerably higher than they were a year ago, AAA Idaho says they're down from the level of a month ago, and nationwide, 4 percent more Americans are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. The auto owners group reports that today's average gas price in Idaho is $3.46 per gallon, 52 cents higher than a year ago, but 15 cents less than a month ago. The national average gas price is $3.34, down 12 cents from last month's average of $3.46.
AAA is also advising motorists to check road conditions before they head out for the holiday, either by dialing 511 or going to www.511.idaho.gov.
Idaho’s average gas price is now $2.99 per gallon, up four cents in the past three weeks and 31 cents above the national average of $2.68, according to AAA of Idaho. But the AAA is forecasting a 10 percent increase in auto travel over the Labor Day holiday weekend in Idaho and the region, compared to last year, despite the pricier gas. “We do not expect Idaho’s higher gas prices will have any sizable impact on travel intentions, though the final tally may have more to say on that topic,” said Dave Carlson, director of public and government affairs for AAA Idaho.
The group’s daily fuel gauge report showed that Idaho’s average gas price ties for the fifth-most expensive gas in the country, behind only Alaska, $3.51 per gallon; Hawaii, $3.47; California, $3.08; and Washington, $3.06. Idaho tied with Oregon, but Oregon doesn’t have self-serve gas, requiring motorists to let an attendant pump their gas for them.
AAA said Idaho’s average price has been more than 20 cents higher than the national average gas price for the past five months. “Market factors can influence prices from region to region and even locally, but it’s difficult to comprehend what’s driving this year’s high pump prices in Idaho,” Carlson said. Click here to read AAA’s full statement.
Here’s a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The spokesman for AAA Idaho says the reason a gallon of gas in the state has been at least 20 cents higher than the national average for most of the spring is because refineries in Utah aren’t producing enough to meet demand in the two states. Dave Carlson says lawmakers in Utah should ask refineries why more isn’t being produced. AAA reports that the national average cost for a gallon of regular gasoline on Friday was $2.749. The cost in Idaho is $3.023, and in Utah $3.055. Carlson told the Idaho Statesman that Idaho is an isolated market and that’s part of the reason for the higher prices. He predicts gas prices will fall in the next 30 days.
The Idaho AAA says gas prices in Idaho are now the ninth highest in the nation and they’re “refusing to budge,” even as prices are falling in other states. “The peak driving season is over and prices in the rest of the country have dropped from their seasonal highs in most regions of the country, but not here,” said AAA Idaho Public Affairs Director Dave Carlson. Idaho’s average price for regular gas is now $2.71, AAA reported, within a penny of its level for the past month. Nationwide, national average gas prices have dropped 14 cents in the past month to $2.53. Things are even worse up north, AAA noted, with gas in Sandpoint and Lewiston at $2.83 and Coeur d’Alene at $2.75. Click “continue reading” below to read AAA’s full press release.