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August 4, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Those slowly swelling pump prices aren't done yet, energy analysts said, as crude oil futures jumped back above $70 a barrel Monday to close near the year's trading high. With the economy showing signs of life, energy costs are responding. Rising oil and fuel prices could damage U.S. and global economies at a particularly delicate time, economists warned.
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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.
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.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The summer of 2012's widespread refinery and petroleum pipeline problems, as one analyst put it, will mean that many Americans will face record high gasoline prices during the long Labor Day holiday weekend. In California, analysts have blamed the recent Chevron Corp. refinery fire as the main reason the state will see a second straight year of the highest average prices ever for the traditional three-day ending of the summer driving season. But the national average for the price of gasoline this weekend will shatter a record set in the summer of 2008, the year that the U.S. saw its highest overall prices ever, even after adjusting for inflation.
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
February 7, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Last month turned out to be the most expensive January ever at U.S. gasoline pumps, boosted by growing economic strength. January is typically a month of falling gasoline prices because fuel demand falters in the slower travel weeks that follow the year-end holidays. Not so this year. In January, retail gasoline prices averaged $3.37 a gallon, according to the Oil Price Information Service, a private fuel information service. That compared with the previous record average for the month of $3.095 a gallon, set last year.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline prices rose in most of the U.S. during the last week and are higher than they were a year earlier, according to a federal survey released Tuesday. But the fuel bite out of the collective American wallet may not be any worse than it was a year earlier because consumption is down. The U.S. average price of self-serve regular gasoline Monday was $3.391 a gallon, up nearly a penny from a week earlier and 28.7 cents higher than a year earlier, the Energy Department said in a report delayed a day by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The expected run-up in gasoline prices after a major fire at a Bay Area refinery may not come as quickly as expected, but it's coming. What isn't known at this point, analysts said, is how bad it will get. The market is waiting forChevron Corp.to report on the severity of the damage to its 2,900-acre refinery in Richmond, Calif., which opened in 1902. Chevron said Wednesday that the refinery, which was shut down because of the fire at one of its units, was now partially operating.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline prices in California are dribbling lower, with the average price slipping as much as a penny a day from record highs reached last week, fuel surveys show. "It's all rigged. They've got us over a barrel, literally," grumbled restaurant manager Jay Moss, who paid $4.99 a gallon Sunday at a Mobil station in Santa Monica. "It's down a little, but not much. I'm just tired of looking. " Although the slow pace of relief might be annoying to drivers, it's a familiar pattern to energy economists.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
If you think gasoline is expensive now, just wait until next year: A combination of growing global demand and rising U.S. fuel exports could send gasoline prices to record highs in 2012, analysts say. Those factors have been pushing pump prices to historically high levels since the beginning of September, and the approaching holiday weekend is expected to present a painful roadside example by breaking the old record for late November — set in...
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