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California gas prices hit $4.68 — New Record High for the State

California gas prices have set a record high for the second day in a row.

On Monday, gas reached $4.682 per gallon in the Golden State, according to data from the American Automobile Association.

Monday’s average price is six-tenths of a cent higher than it was on Sunday, which broke the previous record for highest prices that was previously set in 2012.

The national average also continued to rise, making it’s way up to $3.415 — but CNN reports that AAA leadership says the rising cost in California is just part of a “supply crunch” and “nothing major.”

“It’s a bit of a supply crunch we have right now, there’s nothing major, until the refineries in Northern California can get back up to full production capacity,” Jeffrey Spring, Corporate Communications Manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California, told CNN Business.

Some parts of California are rapidly approaching $5 a gallon.

Gas prices in the Bay Area have risen to $4.85 and Humboldt County has surged to $4.97 per gallon.

“Drivers are paying $1.50 more per gallon than a year ago,” Doug Shupe, a spokesperson for AAA, told CNN. “It means the person who has the typical midsize sedan with a 14 gallon size fuel tank, they’re paying $21 more to fill up that tank today than last year.”

“Typically we see prices at the pump fall off after Labor Day because people have completed their summer vacations. Kids are back in school,” Shupe said. “But this year people are still traveling. There’s still that demand for fuel to get to where people want to go.”

Prices are pushing $5 in some areas, including Northern California’s Humboldt County, where the average price was $4.97 Monday. The Bay Area has surged to more than $4.85. Doug Shupe, a spokesperson for AAA, said that although Californians are used to paying more for gas, the price has been much higher lately.

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7 responses to “California gas prices hit $4.68 — New Record High for the State”

  1. Trent-Deines45 says:


  2. TruckeeCrawdad says:

    Is that the minimum gas price in california? Cause where i went it was higher than that last month

  3. Zero says:

    No, this looks correct. I think its just different pricing in different parts of the state.

  4. Zero says:

    This is likely a typo. I believe it’s higher.

  5. Scafflaww says:

    The rise in gas prices in Cali is due to trucker shortages. And by shortages, I mean truckers refusing to buy new rigs to meet Cali mandates and refusing to get the jab. Fuck California!

    Also, this “razor thin” margin that you refer is not real, it’s the same tactic that car dealers use when they refer to a vehicles invoice. Wholesale cost is the doubling of production costs, and retail is the doubling of wholesale costs. Gas stations don’t pay a different price for fuel per delivery, they have a contract with the supplier for a set price per gallon for a set number of gallons over a set time period. The price we pay at the pump is set by the same people that determine how much fuel to produce… think of it as MSRP.
    The other problem is that Biden is going to shut down another USA oil pipeline which will greatly increase oil/fuel prices. We will probably see a surge in EV sales, which will start to overload the electric grid. Overloaded grid will result in widespread blackouts. The people that are entering into the 30 year solar panels agreements on their homes will think they are insulated from the blackouts… until they realize that solar only generates power at night and that the energy from the panels goes to the grid, NOT their home.

  6. Garce says:

    Now that would be a great idea to help the station owners avoid the anger of the drivers. All gas stations run on razor thin margins because they are so prolific that people can just go to the next station of the first is too expensive.

  7. ButtonPuncher says:

    Cali, keep voting for the D, see what you get! Gas station owners should start posting how much of that price is due to CA specific taxes.