L.A. Gas Prices Hit Record High $6.494; OPEC Move Suggests Worse Ahead

A customer holds a fuel nozzle at a gas station in San Francisco, California, US, on Thurs
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The average price for a gallon of gas hit a new record high on Wednesday in Los Angeles, California, reaching $6.494. Prices across the state reached $6.420 per gallon, on average, approaching record levels last seen in June, when the statewide average hit $6.438.

The announcement Wednesday that the OPEC+ nations intended to restrict production by two million barrels per day has prompted fears of more price hikes to come, though some of the refinery issues that have caused prices to spike recently are being resolved.

The Los Angeles Times warned that California’s surging prices are starting to reach neighboring states, and the Great Lakes region:

Other Western states, such as Oregon and Washington, have also seen increases.

“With gas prices continuing to surge on the West Coast and Great Lakes, the national average saw its second straight weekly rise,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said in a blog post. “But at the same time, areas of the Northeast and Gulf Coast have continued to see declines as the nation experiences sharp differences in trends between regions.”

De Haan tweeted that the “worst appears to be over for California” because of cheaper fuel on its way to stations across the state.

President Joe Biden visited Saudi Arabia earlier this year to ask the kingdom to increase oil production, but seems to have failed.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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