Nebraska edged Michigan Sunday to take the
dubious honor of having the most expensive gas in the nation,
according to a nationwide AAA gas price survey.
South Carolina has the cheapest gas ranking, at $2.83, followed
by New Jersey, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, all between
$2.83 and $2.89, according to AAA.
At $3.34, the average price for a gallon of gas in Nebraska was
down a little less than a cent from Saturday, but Michigan was down
more than a cent and slightly lower than Nebraska.
That puts Nebraska at 29 cents above the national average -
$3.05 - and the pain at the pump has some people cringing.
"I don't fill it up," said Susan Heitmann of Omaha, who was
pumping gas into her older pickup at a west Omaha gas station. "I
just go up to a certain dollar amount."
The truck has two tanks, she said, so she's used to watching the
numbers on the pump spin higher and higher.
"I don't care which one it is - I pick the cheapest," Heitmann
Prices in Norfolk are were few cents lower Sunday - averaging
$3.32 - but in North Platte, the average price was $3.40, according
Wisconsin, Illinois and Hawaii join Nebraska and Michigan to
round out the top five most expensive places to buy gas, all with
prices between $3.28 and $3.34, according to AAA. The national
average was down just one-hundredths of a cent from Saturday.
U.S. gas prices on average rose about six cents in the past
three weeks, according to a national survey released Sunday.
Regular gas prices averaged $3.06 a gallon, mid-grade was $3.17
and premium was $3.29, said oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg.
The lowest price was in Tucson, Ariz., where a gallon of regular
cost $2.80. The highest was in Chicago at $3.46, according to the
Lundberg Survey of thousands of stations nationwide.
Industry officials have said short supplies due to refinery
problems are driving up prices in the Midwest.
"(There are) outages in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska,
Kansas. Everyone's struggling," said Mike Rud, president of the
North Dakota Petroleum Marketer's Association.
But the high prices didn't have Sue Gordon of Omaha sweating.
She owns a Lexus hybrid SUV, and said she gets between 27 and 30
miles per gallon in the city.
"It seems like I fill up my tank every third week," Gordon
said as she pumped gas at an Omaha station.
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