Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 11.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 27.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"Gas prices are rising across much of the nation as Iran has continued to threaten closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for global oil shipments," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Think back to the days following the start of the crisis in Libya- an event that also rattled energy markets- we're seeing similar emotions play out even though there hasn't yet been a disruption to supply. I would blame emotion for the recent uptick in gasoline prices, nothing else," DeHaan said.