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OC Gas Prices Spike to Among the State's Highest

The price of a gallon of gas in Orange County has been climbing for 21 days straight.

The Orange County price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline rose for the 21st consecutive day, increasing 1.8 cents to $4.192, the highest amount since Oct. 29.

The Orange County average price is 11.1 cents more than one week ago, 52.3 cents higher than one month ago and 31.6 cents greater than one year ago. It is the third highest in the state, behind Los Angeles and Ventura ($4.197) counties.

The Orange County average price has risen 47.4 cents during the streak, the longest since a 21-day streak from July 29-Aug. 18.

The increasing prices are the result of reduced supplies caused by low levels of production in Southern California stemming from refinery maintenance, according to Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

- City News Service

steve February 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM
could be worse europe is paying about $10 a gallon for gas and americans are bleating about paying $4.197 a gallon my heart bleeds for you
Tamara Tatich February 15, 2013 at 03:07 PM
We pay more because we voted in a ga-zillion stupid measures that are paid through gas and energy taxes. Sounds great to be a "do-gooder" when everyone is making booku bucks...not so much when unemployment has been at it's lowest for going on five years. HELLO! Quite voting you folks that don't understand how it's getting paid and then complain how much we pay or that we pay more than anyone else. Dah!
Tamara Tatich February 15, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Why is gas so much more in Europe? I was blown away by the gas prices the last time we visited.
JustUs February 15, 2013 at 09:48 PM
baloney, steve. Gas is not $10/gal in Europe. Stop exagerrating. In fact, the gap between American and Euro gas prices has narrowed greatly in the last 5-7 years, as we become a socialist nation that cares for the indigent illegal residents who come from Mexico and central america.
Dan Avery February 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Well it's pretty clear who actually pays attention and it's Steve. Gas in France the year after 9/11 was over 2.25 euros per litre. How many liters in a gallon, JustUs? How many years ago was the year after 9/11? Do you suppose the price of gas has gone down other there? The governments don't subsidize the cost like our government does. And we are not a socialist nation. Not by a long shot. It takes more than a handful of social programs to make a nation socialist. For one thing, in a socialist country, they don't have what we call free elections. In other words, socialist nations by definition are dictatorships. You mean to say we are ruled by a dictator JustUs? Come on. Say it. I know you want to. I'd love to hear you do it.
PC February 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Obama said that we have increased the fuel MPG by double but I think he meant the gas prices have doubled...
JustUs February 15, 2013 at 11:21 PM
"Well it's pretty clear who actually pays attention and it's Steve. Gas in France the year after 9/11 was over 2.25 euros per litre" Naturally you chose the most expensive euro nation. On average the price of gas in europe is about the equivalent of $7.80 a gallon. Not really too much different than it is here. And, as I said, the gap is narrowing. So, again, you are overexaggerating. What a shocker from a former college prof! heh. First you say: "And we are not a socialist nation. Not by a long shot." Then you claim: "The governments don't subsidize the cost like our government does." Your thought process speaks for itself. I don't even have to attack you. You attack yourself and make yourself look like a clown! heh. :^) " You mean to say we are ruled by a dictator JustUs? " You bet. His name is King Obama. He uses the US Constitution as toilet paper for sport. He was just elected for the 2nd time. Have you been in a coma or something? heh. :^)
Dan Avery February 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM
JustUs, You should really learn your own language and what words like "dictator" and "socialist" actually mean. You just look stupid. You over looked how long ago 2002 was JustUs. Gas was roughly $7.80 a gallon in 2002 in Europe and it was about $2.50 in the U.S. You also over looked how many liters in a gallon. And since the EU was formed the pricing has been uniform. France is not the most expensive country in Europe. In fact, before the EU, France was one of the cheapest to go to, along with Italy. Today gas is roughly $10 a gallon in Europe and it's hovering somewhere between $4 and $4.50 here. And you call that the price narrowing? And I am "overexaggerating,' which isn't even a word for Christ's sake. Man, where you born here or in India? If you were born here your language skills are pathetic. So if you don't even have to attack me, why do you? Seriously learn something about a representative democracy like ours. You'll sound more intelligent when you stop claiming a duly elected official is a "dictator."
Alberto Barrera February 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM
We're shooting ourselves in the foot by forcing ourselves to buy only from the 6 refineries in California, I'd rather have cheap gas than clean air any day.
Yeparoo February 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Maybe it’s 'JustMe,' but I don’t like the photo with the article. This is second time this photo has run with a gas price story and I’m not comfortable with the portrayal of the nozzle to the temple. How about some graphics showing the price over time, superimposed over a graph of the rise (or flatline) of wages? Any-hew, the rise in gas prices has gotta go along real well with the restoration of the SSA tax. I also heard that 21 out of the last 23 months wages have shrunk when adjusted for inflation. It's no wonder so many are looking for a binky. Happy times?
Yeparoo February 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Stop with the shooting analogizes. You're killing me!
Dan Avery February 16, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Your average American drives around in a SUV, drinking bottled water, talking on a cell phone and bitches about gas prices. Doh!
D.M. February 17, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Hopefully this will solve the argument about gas prices in Europe...... http://goeurope.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=goeurope&cdn=travel&tm=41&f=10&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.eia.gov/countries/prices/gasolinewithtax.cfm

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