Higher gas prices soar into the New Year

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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For Alabamians, the holidays brought higher gas prices.

According to Gasbuddy’s daily survey of 3,348 stations across the state, Alabama gas prices have risen 5.8 cents per gallon in the past week. This price averages out to be $2.31 a gallon as of Dec. 30, 2019.

Last year on this date, the average gas price in the state was $1.93/g, which is 17 cents lower than the cheapest station in Alabama priced at $2.10/g today.

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“The streak has been broken: for seven straight weeks we saw the national average drop, but the fun has come to an end as oil prices continue to show strength into the last days of 2019 boosting the national average this past week,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

Looking over 2019 and the past decade, DeHaan shared some interesting figures regarding the consumption of gasoline in the United States.

“The U.S. consumed 1.25 trillion gallons of gasoline, which is enough volume to raise Lake Superior’s level 2.3 inches, having spent $3.625 trillion on gasoline alone, and driving 31.25 trillion miles, enough for 5,208 round trips to Pluto on the consumed gasoline,” explained DeHaan.