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AAA Says Prices At The Pump Are Rising

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OMAHA (kptm) - Most of us have noticed that there's been substantial price increases at the pump lately.  According to AAA, every state in the country saw prices advance in the past week. 

Brian Bossert has noticed the increase.  He says, "I mean they're bouncing all over the place."

This past week prices jumped up 17 cents across the nation.  AC Clouthier says, "being a penny pusher that I am, I don't like the increase of gas."

"It's not really something you can do without, so it's unfortunate," Bossert says.

AAA says the big driving factor is the rise of crude oil prices.  "If we look back to December crude oil had been running at that time about 85 dollars a barrel and this last week it was up to 98 dollars a barrel," Rose White says.

According to AAA for each additional dollar that a barrel of crude oil goes up, we as drivers should expect to see gas go up an additional 2 to 4 cents a gallon.  Driver, Todd Harvey says, "just the price of living, just the price of ya know, everything goes up, everybody has to make a dime."

The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline at the Cubby's off 13th and Jackson is $3.47 a gallon, however drivers in western Nebraska are seeing prices as low as $3.00 a gallon. 

"Again, supply and demand I mean it's expected that it'll be less expensive out there then it is here, so at least we're not getting hit as bad as the coasts are," Bossert says.

"I think they're very reasonable as long as they don't go over $5 a gallon," Harvey says.

And according to AAA, not a single state in the U.S. is over $4.20 a gallon.

They say less than 2 percent of gas stations across the country are priced below $3.00 a gallon.  Overall, Hawaii is the most expensive state to buy gas and Wyoming is the least. 

Other experts say the prices should go down by mid-summer. 

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