Why Gas Prices Are Spiking

By Jill Cowan

Gas is never cheap in California.

But if you’ve filled up your tank in recent days, you may have found yourself wincing more than usual.

That’s because, for the first time since July 2015, the average price for a gallon of gas in the Golden State pushed past $4, Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst with the site GasBuddy, told me on Monday afternoon.

“That’s a psychological benchmark for a lot of people,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

You may already know that the primary reason gas tends to be more expensive in California is the state’s stringent gasoline standards, which require a cleaner fuel blend that only a few refineries outside the state can produce.

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