Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank
A sure sign of summer, rising gas prices. Wait a minute. Prices at the pumps have been climbing for a while. In fact, a gas spike has been underway for the past seven weeks with “no end in sight”, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch dated June 18, 2009.
Locally, the price of gasoline is hovering around $3 a gallon. Last night, I gassed up at a station in Burbank and paid $2.99 a gallon for self-serve regular. I was ticked off and bummed by the high price. The stats on the AAA website indicates drivers all over Southern California are feeling the same gas pains. The average price of regular is $3 a gallon from San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles to Santa Barbara to Bakersfield. By the way, this time last year the average price was around $4.50 a gallon in the Southland.
It’s a good bet, that with the 4th of July holiday around the corner gas prices will continue to go up. Experts say the economy is in the process of recovering from the recession. The federal government has shored up the banks and the auto industry with billions of taxpayer dollars. Now would be a good time to help the rest of us by pressuring the oil industry to put the brakes on gas prices.