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USA: Forget $5 A Gallon: Alaska Residents Are Regularly Paying $6

Over the past few months, gas prices have been creeping ever upward, fueled by political uncertainty in the Middle East and a reduction in U.S. oil refining capabilities.

In California, a state traditionally plagued by high gas prices, a gallon of Regular now costs well over $4.50 at most gas stations.

But according to USA Today’s Chris Woodyard, residents of Bethel, Alaska, are now regularly paying as much as $6.34 a gallon.

The reason behind the inflated prices?

As far as we can tell, it looks in part to be influenced by a drop in supply after a much-needed shipment of fuel failed to make it to shore back in December.

Bethel’s location in Alaska hasn’t helped either. Only accessible by air or river, supplying the remote town with much-needed gasoline during winter months is a risky and expensive venture involving air transportation or ice-road trucking.

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If you’re struggling to imagine how expensive filling up your car at $6.34 a gallon would cost, we’ve done some basic math for you.

Fill up a the 26-gallon tank on a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD, and you’d be paying out nearly $165.


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