A continuing increase in crude oil prices has led to hikes in gas prices across the United States — and no one is paying more at the pump than, you guessed it, folks in San Francisco.
As of Sunday, reports the Associated Press, industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says that the price consumers pay at the gas pump has risen around six cents in the last two weeks and has topped out in SF at $2.87 per gallon, the highest price in the US.
Who's Trilby Lundberg? I'm so glad you asked! According to her company's website, which you should really take a look at if you are nostalgic for the old days of the internet, "for over half a century" the Lundberg Survey has been "the local and national source of fuel prices" since "the 1950s when self-service was being invented." Trilby Lundberg, known as the "prophet of the pumps," has a fascinating backstory that includes a bitter family dispute over the death of the family's matriarch back in 2011.
Where was I? Ah, yes, gas prices! According to Lundberg US consumers are paying about 60 cents per gallon more today than they were 15 weeks ago, and are shelling out a an average of $2.37 per gallon for regular gas — making SF's current price 50 cents per gallon above the national average.
In a report posted today, AAA nearly concurs with Lundberg's analysis, placing the US average at $2.36. AAA's data, which comes from the Oil Price Information Service, puts California at the top of the US gas market at an average of $2.83, beating out even Hawaii ($2.71) and Alaska ($2.65). "Nevertheless," AAA writes, "the region is doing much better than a year ago" with California gas 79 cents per gallon this time this year than last.
But that year over year benefit might not last for long, as according to AAA "A number of refineries in California are reporting challenges" and "reduced gasoline production in the state has historically led to price spikes based on the region’s relative isolation from other markets and its unique fuel specifications." Might be time, if you can skip driving, to dust off that bike and charge up that Clipper card.