Luckily that’s not me…yet. Prices are going to rise sharply sometime soon everywhere because the price at our pumps has not truly reflected the price of crude oil. Right now, we are paying $3.49 per gallon, which is the second highest I have seen it here in Southern California since I moved here 12 years ago. At one point, the pump down the street from me was at $3.79 and I expect to see prices higher than that in the coming months.
The American Automobile Association of California said some drivers are now paying up to $5 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Crude oil prices hit an all-time high Wednesday, above $98 a barrel and analysts said with worldwide oil demand rising — it is still not clear just how high prices will go. In Salinas, AAA recorded an average of $3.39 per gallon. Santa Cruz is at an average of $3.37 per gallon.KSBW checked and found gas in Gorda, south of Big Sur, is even higher. Drivers there are paying $5 for gas. Over the past two weeks gas has gone up 15 cents in California alone, according to AAA.
This rise in gas prices is not only going to affect your gasoline costs – we can expect a rise in food costs and almost anything else that is shipped to it’s destination. But for now, it’s a good thing we only own one car and we live in a walkable community. Of course when we move to Taos next year we won’t have the same type of community so I better learn how to make my own biodiesel!