Gas highest in U.S. in 17 months, Calif. tops |

Gas highest in U.S. in 17 months, Calif. tops

Gasoline pump prices lingered at a 17-month high on Monday following a steady climb in recent weeks.

Nationwide average retail prices remained flat at $2.82 per gallon, the highest level since October 2008. Prices are up 18.6 cents in the past month, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.

That matched the national average in the Energy Information Administration’s weekly report, up 3 cents from a week ago and 86 cents above a year ago. California had the highest average pump price — $3.09 per gallon — and the Gulf Coast region was the lowest at $2.69 per gallon.

Many experts and the EIA think average gasoline prices will hit $3 or more this spring or summer before easing later in the year.

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