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AUTOS
April 18, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
California's strict low-carbon fuel standard could help reduce gasoline prices in the state, the opposite of what many have predicted, by encouraging the use of a relatively cheap and relatively clean U.S. crude oil, some experts now say. The standard will require fuel producers -- like refineries -- to lower the carbon intensity of the products they sell here by 10% by 2010 in less than seven years. To comply, California refineries might also have to stop using some of the crude oil they use now. That includes some oil that comes from California that is considered too dirty, from a carbon intensity standpoint.
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AUTOS
April 11, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Experts are saying American drivers, including Californians, can expect some of the lowest summer gasoline prices they have seen in three years. Some are predicting a steady decline in California gasoline prices to as low as $3.84 a gallon by August. This year, the Energy Department is expecting a national summertime average of about $3.63 for a gallon of regular gasoline. That would be the lowest in three years, down six cents from $3.69 a gallon a year ago and off 8 cents from the $3.71 average in 2011.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Retail gasoline prices are plunging in California, with averages dropping below $4 a gallon for the first time since mid-February, according to one fuel-price survey. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California reached $3.99, down 12.7 cents since last week, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. The third straight week of double-digit price drops left the California average 1.1 cents below the 2011 level. A month earlier, the state's average was $4.35 a gallon, AAA said.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The nation's gasoline costs are surging at a pace not seen since Hurricane Katrina shut down Gulf Coast refinery operations over the Labor Day weekend in 2005. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. leaped to $3.383, up 19.4 cents in the week that ended Monday, the Energy Department said, following oil prices higher on unrest in Libya and the Mideast. That was 68 cents higher than a year earlier, bringing the average to the highest it has ever been for this time of the year but still well below the national record of $4.114 a gallon reached in July 2008.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Average gasoline prices rose during the last week, topping $3 a gallon in California, the Energy Department said Monday. But the sharp run-up is ending, analysts said, as wholesale fuel costs have declined and oil futures have retreated to their lowest level in three weeks. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California climbed 2.6 cents to $3.005 and is up $1.195, or more than 66%, since the end of 2008, the Energy Department said, based on a weekly survey of filling stations.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2012 | By Ronald D. White and Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
California drivers are reeling from days of sharp gasoline price increases that left the state within reach of its record high. Economists warn that a prolonged period of elevated gas costs could harm consumers as the holiday shopping season kicks in. Analysts attributed the price surge to fuel traders' emotional reaction after a series of refinery outages and other problems, including a Northern California refinery fire, a Southern California refinery...
BUSINESS
September 17, 2008 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Oil prices took another swan dive Tuesday, falling more than $4 a barrel to flirt with the $90 threshold. But in the wake of Hurricane Ike, Gulf Coast fuel supply operations remained a mess for motorists from Texas to the Northeast, with prices spotted well above $5 for a gallon of regular gasoline. Motorists should brace for a return to $4 a gallon on average nationwide through mid-October, fuel experts said. The increase also will include California, which faces competition for its gasoline supplies.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2008 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Gasoline prices have fallen to their lowest levels since May nationwide and in California, the Energy Department said Monday. Among the factors pushing prices down: falling demand and indications that Tropical Storm Fay would steer clear of Gulf of Mexico petroleum facilities. The price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline dropped 6.9 cents to an average of $3.740 nationally, according to the Energy Information Administration's weekly survey of filling stations. That's the lowest since May 12, but 95.5 cents higher than the same Monday a year ago. California motorists saw prices fall 8.1 cents to an average of $4.037 a gallon, the cheapest since May 19, but still a staggering $1.175 above the year-ago price.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2010 | By Hugo Martín and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
With gas prices gradually dropping, Southern Californians are more likely to drive for a Labor Day weekend getaway than any time in the last decade, according to the Auto Club of Southern California. For a final summer fling, 91% of the 2.5 million Southern Californians who plan to travel for the holiday weekend will get behind the wheel of a car, a 4% increase over last year, the Auto Club said. Travel experts say traveling by car is gaining popularity partly because it remains one of the cheapest ways to travel and because airline travel has become troublesome and time-consuming.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2010 | Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Crude oil prices closed above $90 a barrel for the first time in two years, raising the likelihood that U.S. gasoline prices will reach an average of $3 a gallon for the first Christmas ever. California already far surpassed that point this season ? the average pump price was $3.28 Wednesday, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Experts said it's heading for $4 and more in parts of the state. The rising gas prices have experts worried about how the slow-recovering economy could be affected.
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