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Nation, you’d have to drive a long way today — to Alaska or (glub, glub) Hawaii — to find gas more expensive than it is right here in North Carolina.

We have the priciest gas in the lower 48 states.

The average price for self-service regular today is $3.794 statewide (and even higher in the Triangle, $3.841), according to fuelgaugereport.com.

That’s 31.4 cents more than the national average.  A month ago, North Carolinians were buying gas for $3.659 (and then we were about a penny BELOW the national average).

Why so high? With world oil prices falling sharply, why are our gas prices falling only slowly?

Hurricane Ike is still hurting us, and our southeastern neighbors in South Carolina and Georgia. The two Gulf refinery pipelines that deliver most of our gas have returned to full production, but a lot of retailers still aren’t getting their full supplies.

“We get the vast majority of our gas from those two pipelines,” says Carol Gifford of AAA Carolinas. “When that source was very reduced for two weeks, prices were kept higher because retailers were looking at alternate ways of getting gasoline.

“They were trucking it in from other states or trucking it in from the ports, and that was a more expensive way of getting gasoline. It kept our prices as high as they were and still are.”

Over the past month, while average prices FELL 18.5 cents nationwide, they ROSE by:

- 13.5 cents in North Carolina
- 15.9 cents in Georgia (with today’s #2 price in the lower 48 states, $3.768) and
- 14.2 cents in South Carolina (a distant #3 today with its average $3.667).

Meanwhile, North Carolina's gas tax is high — but not THAT high compared to other states: a combined state and federal 48.6 cents per gallon.

The American Petroleum Institute says motorists pay 0.2 cents more here than the national average tax — but less here than in 14 other states. (California has the top tax at 67.1 cents, and usually some of the most expensive gas. Today’s Golden State average price is a sunny $3.587.)

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Delaware Gas

I was in Delaware over the weekend and saw gas as low as $3.11. I keep hearing the pipeline is back to full capacity so why is the price not dropping? I think the stations have learned they can charge $3.80 a gallon and sell out. So where is the incentive for them to drop the price?

The explanation is just an excuse

It is absolutely outrageous that we have the highest gas prices in 48 of the 50 states, followed by Georgia and South Carolina. While I read with great interest the explanation given about limited supply, Ike recovery, etc. there is no way these are the only reasons for these ridiculously high prices. While there is no denying that Ike certainly had an influence on the availability of gas, there's more to this that is not being uncovered. Someone, whether it is the refineries themselves or the owners of gas station chains throughout the state, have decided that the "Ike excuse," if you will, is a terrific cover for them to continue to rob the state's consumers, without shame.

 

While buying vehicles that use alternative energy is certainly the best choice of all, for many of us, purchasing or trading for such a vehicle is not a realistic option, given the troubled national economy and almost 7% of the state being unemployed, day to day survival is the best many of us can hope for. The only way that consumers can make clear their outrage about these gas prices is to complain with great volume and frequency --- to the city, the county, the state, anyone whose reachable. It is only by taking actions such as this that we will be able to make the extent of our dissatisfaction known.

EXITS 150, 152 AND 154 ON

EXITS 150, 152 AND 154 ON I-85/40 IN BURLINGTON HAD REGULAR GAS AT $3.37 ON 10/07/08

GAS PRICES

I JUST RETURNED FROM A TRIP TO MICHIGAN GAS THERE RUNS FROM $3.25-$3.39 FOR REGULAR UNLEADED OHIO $3.15-$3.39. DOESN'T IT HAVE TO BE SHIPPED FARTHER THAN OURS IS YET IT'S CHEAPER! SOMEBOBY IS PADDING THIER POCKETS.

The explanation is just an excuse

It is absolutely outrageous that we have the highest gas prices in 48 of the 50 states, followed by Georgia and South Carolina. While I read with great interest the explanation given about limited supply, Ike recovery, etc. there is no way these are the only reasons for these ridiculously high prices. While there is no denying that Ike certainly had an influence on the availability of gas, there's more to this that is not being uncovered. Someone, whether it is the refineries themselves or the owners of gas station chains throughout the state, have decided that the "Ike excuse," if you will, is a terrific cover for them to continue to rob the state's consumers, without shame.
While buying vehicles that use alternative energy is certainly the best choice of all, for many of us, purchasing or trading for such a vehicle is not a realistic option, given the troubled national economy and almost 7% of the state being unemployed, day to day survival is the best many of us can hope for. The only way that consumers can make clear their outrage about these gas prices is to complain with great volume and frequency --- to the city, the county, the state, anyone whose reachable. It is only by taking actions such as this that we will be able to make the extent of our dissatisfaction known.

The pipe lines are full,

The pipe lines are full, sounds like plain old price gouging to me. Gas is is the lowest it has been in a year per barrel, and were still paying close to what it was per gallon when it was $147 a barrel.

There are so many reasons or

There are so many reasons or excuses (I tend to favor the latter) that people can give for why gas prices are so high. But even with the recent supply issues, I just can't bring myself to believe that there's any truly good reason why our gas prices here in North Carolina continue to hold at this level. I won't say I can't be wrong on this, but I just can't bring myself to believe that this isn't driven, at least to some degree, by greed.

Gas Prices

I just drove from Charlotte to Chapel Hill. The prices ranged from 3.37/gal on I-40/85 stations in Mebane area to 3.90/gal in Chapel Hill area. One station was 3.90/gal while across the street it was 3.79/gal. I suppose they have different suppliers, different gas.taxes, payrolls, etc.

policy

Democrats have controlled NC for 8 years and US congress for 2 years , time for a change. Their policies have hurt NC and caused the present world crisis . Republicans in 08!!

The priciest gas in 48 states ! UGH !

OK, so the pipelines were affected by Ike. I keep hearing that in 2-3 days there will be no shortages...... I have been hearing that line for 2 weeks now. Pretty sad that someone can't do the math. Infuriating when you hear NC is paying more than CA ! Or NY ! I would pedal to work if it wasn't so suicidal !

gas

gas prices are awful in NC, my sister prices in Kansas City are only 2.92. We are paying almost 70 to 80 cents more.
Unfair!!!

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Bruce Siceloff reports on traffic and transportation. A News & Observer reporter, editor and blogger since 1976, he took over the Road Worrier column in 2003. Lately he drives I-40 with the cruise control set at 68 mph. You can e-mail Bruce, call him at 919-829-4527, check out his Crosstown Traffic blog or follow him (@Road_Worrier) on Twitter.
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