released its gas price analysis for 2013 and pointed out three events that
increased the cost of fuel.
price of regular unleaded gasoline on Jan. 1, 2013, started at $3.271 per
gallon and ended up 3.3 cents at $3.304 a gallon on Dec. 31, 2013, according to
data from Gasbuddy.
spent on average $3.60 per gallon in 2012; $3.49 in 2013, and Gasbuddy forecasts
that total will be $3.39 for 2013.
three events most affected gas prices in 2013: In May, Midwest refinery
problems pushed the average price of gas in Chicago to an all-time record of
$4.47 per gal; On July 6, a Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway train hauling
72 crude oil crashed and killed 47 people; In August, President Barack Obama
threatened a military strike on Syria.
issues in May pushed the national average from $3.49 around May 4 to $3.68 by
July 6, another price hike occurred when a train hauling crude oil crash in
Quebec forced both gas and crude oil prices up. The national average price of
gas was $3.49 on July 6 and reached $3.68 on July 19.
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