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Gas prices leap up in D.C. area

Gas prices jumped 13 cents a gallon in the past two weeks across the Washington metro area, the weekly survey by the American Automobile Association reveals.

The average price of regular in the region was $2.81 per gallon, up from $2.74 last week and $2.42 a year ago. The national average price of regular grade gasoline began the month at $2.69 a gallon, increasing 14 cents in two weeks to $2.83 on Friday. Friday's average price was 34 cents higher than year ago prices, but $1.28 below record high prices set two years ago.

"Gas prices continue to be affected by the recent surge in crude oil prices, jumping double digits since the beginning of the month in most areas," said AAA spokesman John B. Townsend. "Most analysts, including AAA, maintain, barring any significant events, that there will not be a sizeable increase for consumers for the remainder of the year."

-- Ashley Halsey III

What are you paying for gas? Post a comment below.

By Ashley Halsey  | October 15, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
Categories:  District, Driving, Highways, Maryland, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, Prince George's County, Transportation News, Virginia  
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Comments

Yeah, same old corporate greed at work...what else is new.

Posted by: lastyear53 | October 15, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i avoid corporations and make my own gas

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 15, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again: the price of gas increases along with the posts about "greedy" oil companies. If such greed bothers you,then don't buy their product. Yet, a box of cereal costs over $4.00 and nobody rails against the bloodsuckers at General Mills.

Posted by: CubsFan | October 15, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

To answer the question in the original entry, I paid $2.979 a gallon for 91 octane (93 octane would have been 2¢ a gallon more) at the Sunoco on Franconia Road on Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday night the price had gone up by 2¢ a gallon at the same station.

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"Here we go again: the price of gas increases along with the posts about "greedy" oil companies. If such greed bothers you,then don't buy their product. Yet, a box of cereal costs over $4.00 and nobody rails against the bloodsuckers at General Mills."

The people who amuse me are the ones who complain about the price of gas but who then go sit on line, idling the car all the while, for 15 minutes at the fast-food drive-thru instead of parking the car and going inside. More often than not the line inside is far shorter than the drive-thru line anyway.

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

As an earlier poster stated, we don't complain to the companies that make cereals...same goes for liquor...no one thinks anything of spending $6.00 for a drink after work on a daily basis.. $6 for maybe 3oz of liquor...what do apple martini's run?? Women aren't complaining because it's the guy who is usually paying...

And we all know of guys who stop for a drink at least 3 times a week after work and that is always more than one drink for sure....complain, complain, complain...

Posted by: pentagon40 | October 15, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Same old Government stupidity at work. The increases in cost are directly related to Obama's moratorium in the Gulf. Supply is gong down thanks to the left.

I don't see anyone complaining that while Exxon makes $0.05 a gallon on gas the governments in total are making $0.44.

Posted by: Pilot1 | October 16, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Pilot1...the federal and state tax on gas is what pays for the roads..building, maintaining, etc. If anything, the tax should be increased. It has been shown that the higher cost of gas makes the sheep buy more fuel efficient cars and drive less. The sheeple really don't need to be driving SUVs or any of the other idiotic fuel wasting behemoths that the marketing people have convinced the public they have to drive.
Don't worry, though. In a few years, $5 a gallon will look like a bargain.

Posted by: glasgowafb | October 16, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I think no one should compare apples to oranges here, meaning cereal/alcohol prices or anything like that should not be compared to gas prices. Most people don't have to buy massive amounts of cereal or alcohol it's a choice but as for gas it has to be bought on a weekly or even daily bases because people have to get to work or anywhere else thats not of walking distance. When I say anywhere else I am not talking about joy riding, I am saying the doctors, school, grocery store ect.

One thing I have realized is oil/gas prices don't follow the supply and demand rule thus far. If you notice one of the main reasons why prices go up is because someone or a group "analyst" (most likely bought and paid for) speculate some negative information "opinions" and big time Investors do their dirty work to profit. Finally the public gets to know via mass media so the hike can be justified. After awhile they stop talking about it on the news and prices drop because well the big time investors know how to short sell and make a pretty profit on the way down as well. Wash rinse repeat.

All I am saying is don't panic about oil/gas prices until the government starts limiting how much we can buy in a week, thats when you know the poo is starting to hit the fan. So to all you gas station owners other then yearly inflation rate this is when prices should go up not any other time so stop getting scared and price gouging.

As for the big time Investors who know how to manipulate prices of everything not just oil/gas, How about stop ripping people off by creating false panic in the media. I assure you if you stopped manipulating things you would gain respect rather then disrespect and maybe so many people wouldn't be calling out for the "Change" that will happen if you don't stop ripping the less fortunate off.

Btw I don't subscribe to Obama's "Change" I love having the option of being successful on my own I just wont do it by ripping people off and making them think they need what I sell or false panicking them into buying it.

Posted by: JJ1231 | October 16, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

You know, I got ticked off about gas prices and went out to do something about it - now I don't worry too much.
There's a membership club called FillerUp Club that works like Sam's Club or Costco. You buy your gas normally, and monthly you get 50% refunded back to you!
It's been up and running for 9 months now, and paying like clockwork.
Here's a blog I put some additional information on about it:
http://fillerupclub.comuv.com/

Posted by: JonRPatrick | October 16, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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