The state of California hit the all-time record for the highest average price for gas on Monday. The average price of gas in California hit $4.682 per gallon, surpassing the record of $4.671 set in October 2012. The national average rose to $3.415 Monday.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), heavy rains in California have reduced production capacity. “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,” said Jeffrey Spring, Corporate Communications Manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
“Drivers are paying $1.50 more per gallon than a year ago,” AAA spokesperson Doug Shupe said. “It means a 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.”
Prices are closer to $5 per gallon in some areas of the state. The average price in Northern California’s Humboldt County was $4.97 Monday, the price of gas in Gorda, California, hit $7.59 per gallon in October.
U.S. oil prices have increased by over 65% in 2021 and oil production is 14% less than it was at the end of 2019.
President Joe Biden blamed skyrocketing gas prices on Russia and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in early November. He stated that they are refusing to “pump more oil.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that higher gas prices make an “even stronger case for doubling down our investment and our focus on clean energy options.” However, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo has blamed high gas prices on the global shift to renewable energy.