Gas prices reached an astounding new high, chiefly by soaring past $4 per gallon across all 50 states, which has never before occurred in American history.
Previously, Oklahoma was the only remaining state whose average gas prices were not about $4 per gallon; however, in light of the average gas prices increases for the month of May, the state could no longer keep high gasoline prices at bay.
According to data from AAA, the average price of gasoline increased by 48 cents in May, which led to an all-time national high of $4.67 per gallon.
The state that has the cheapest gasoline is Georgia, which is currently averaging $4.17 per gallon.
In addition to all fifty states having astronomically expensive gasoline, several states have fuel prices that are now well over $5 per gallon on average, including the following: Alaska at $5.25 per gallon; Hawaii at $5.41 per gallon; Illinois at $5.24 per gallon; Nevada at $5.32 per gallon; Oregon at $5.23 per gallon; and Washington at $5.23 per gallon.
California, which is amongst the most liberal states in the entire nation, currently holds the most expensive gasoline in the nation, clocking in at $6.19 per gallon.
Within the state itself, however, even more eye-popping prices can be observed, with unleaded fuel in Los Angeles currently topping $8.05 per gallon in multiple parts of the city.
According to Chevron, the stations in question are the result of independent business owner, not corporate, decision-making.
“This station, along with the majority of our branded stations in California, [is] owned by independent businesspeople,” the company stated, noting that the fuel prices are the result of “independent businesspeople who make their own decisions about the price to charge at their stations.”
Chevron also added that a number of other factors are associated with extremely high gasoline prices in California in general, which include “the higher cost to produce gasoline to the specifications required by the California Air Resources Board,” “California carbon-compliance costs,” and “costs associated with fuel distribution, local, state and federal taxes.”