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Gasoline Prices Headed Skyward as the Summer Driving Season Nears

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Ridgewood NJ, according to AAA ,the United States could be in for a major surge in gasoline prices with the price in some U.S. states rising to as much as $4 per gallon . Since November’s election crude oil prices have shot up ,  and according to AAA data Americans are already paying 14% more for a gallon of gasoline than they were in February.

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Gasoline prices continue to climb

Rick Popely, Cars.com2:19 p.m. EDT June 27, 2014

Oil spike due to Iraq keeps prices climbing at time they usually decline

Gas prices continued to rise in most parts of the country the past week to a national average of $3.68 for a gallon of regular unleaded, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday. That’s just 2 cents off of 2014’s previous peak price.

In its weekly assessment of price trends, AAA said concerns over the ongoing violence in Iraq were keeping oil prices hovering around $106 a barrel, making it more expensive to produce gasoline.

Previously, AAA predicted gas prices would fall 10 to 15 cents per gallon during June, following a typical pattern for lower pump prices in early summer, but in a statement the organization said “that now appears unlikely due to higher oil costs. This means that even though the national average has only increased a few cents per gallon since the Iraq violence intensified, drivers are likely to pay substantially higher gas prices than they would have otherwise.”

Indeed, the national average for regular unleaded gasoline is 14 cents higher than a year ago, and AAA pegs it as the highest early summer average since 2008.

The national average crept up a penny the past week, and if prices continue to climb, it could soon approach the 2014 peak of $3.70, set on April 28. Diesel fuel also rose 1 cent the past week, to $3.90, which is 6 cents higher than a year ago.

Motorists in some states are paying substantially more for gas than a year ago. In Ohio, for example, the $3.68 average for regular unleaded is 25 cents higher than on June 26, 2013, even after prices fell 12 cents the past week. The $3.78 average in Pennsylvania is 28 cents higher than a year ago, and drivers in Kentucky and Michigan are paying 31 cents more per gallon this year.