Auto club calls for gas price investigation |

Auto club calls for gas price investigation

SAN FRANCISCO – Representing more than 50 million members in North America, AAA today asked the federal government to find out why gasoline has reached a new record high price.

According to a new report from AAA of Northern California, which tracks fuel costs as a service to consumers, the statewide average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas is now $3.48. The statewide average has increased by 73 cents a gallon, or about 31 percent since the beginning of the year.

Explaining why drivers are facing this problem presents a challenge. Previous instances of record-breaking high prices were triggered when the cost of crude oil, the raw material from which gas is made, rose to $75 a barrel or more in response to natural disasters or war. Now oil is trading in the low $60 range and motorists are still paying record high gas prices.

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