Retail gasoline prices were mostly stable over the last week, and oil failed to gain much of a boost from an apparent bipartisan deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California barely budged over the last week, down 0.7 of a cent to $3.811, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of service stations. Over the last month, the California average has varied by less than 2 cents a gallon, up from $3.794 on July 4.
Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose 1.2 cents in the last week to $3.711, the Energy Department said. Refinery outages, petroleum pipeline problems, storms and flooding have pushed the national average up more than 13 cents a gallon over the last month.
That left Californians in the rare position of paying for gasoline than is just a dime more expensive than the national average, despite having the nation's most complicated blend because of air quality considerations. The state's average often runs as much as 50 cents a gallon higher than prices in other parts of the U.S.