Gasoline station prices
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

Where Gasoline Exceeds $9 Per Gallon in the United States

Ten dollars per gallon may be closer than you realize.

Once yet again, the price of fuel in the United States in general has since further increased due to a number of factors — one of many which has been cited is the hostile invasion of Ukraine by armed military forces of Russia — to the point where at least two fuel stations are currently pricing gasoline beyond nine dollars per gallon.

Where Gasoline Exceeds $9 Per Gallon in the United States

Gasoline pump handle
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

In addition to the aforementioned conflict between Russia and Ukraine, other factors which have converged and contributed to fuel prices substantially rising in the United States include inflation, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, increased demand for fuel as the start of the summer driving season nears, and the switch to summer blend gasoline from the winter version of the fuel — all of which propelled the average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States at another new record level of $4.318, according to data from the American Automobile Association.

Two fuel stations in California are reportedly selling gasoline which is more expensive than $9.00 per gallon at the time this article was written, with one additional fuel station reportedly selling gasoline more expensive than $8.00 per gallon:

Fuel Station
Mid Grade
Furnace Creek
CA-190, Furnace Creek
$8.75 $8.99 $9.23 $9.99
14525 Nordhoff Street, Panorama City
$8.50 cash
$8.60 credit
$5.79 cash
$5.89 credit
$9.50 cash
$9.60 credit
31251 Goffs Road, Essex
$8.09 $8.19 $8.29 $8.29

Note that $9.99 per gallon for diesel: with the 0.009 addition to the price per gallon — which means that the gallon is effectively ten dollars per gallon — that means a vehicle with a 30 gallon tank which requires diesel fuel will cost $300.00 to fill.

Conversely, the good news is that you can still purchase a gallon of regular gasoline for $2.75 — if you pay in cash — if you happen to be at the Circle K fuel station on 440 Lewiston Road in Grovetown, which is in the state of Georgia. That appears to be the lowest reported price per gallon of gasoline in the United States at the time this article was written.

Help is On The Way?

Speaking of the state of Georgia, the governor of that state is working to pass House Bill 304 through the state legislature to temporarily suspend the gasoline tax in order to provide some relief to beleaguered consumers who endure sticker shock at the pump, according to this message which was posted to the official Twitter account of Brian P. Kemp:

“Because of our efforts to protect lives and livelihoods these past few years, we’re well-positioned to provide this relief as well as a tax refund & an income tax cut.”

Meanwhile, derek — who is a reader of The Gateposted this comment which suggests some relief may possibly be on the way in a different form: “The price of Brent crude and WTI both went down about $10/barrel in the past 2 days. It is possible that there may be a tiny respite, which would be the time to refill. I filled up 9 days ago, the last day of the low prices. I am trying to stretch to refill. The 2nd car gets 10 mpg worse gas mileage and is being used only once every 7-10 days to keep the car from rotting. It will be used more when car #1 is near empty. Gas is now 85 cents more than my last fill up.”

Historically, fuel prices are quick to skyrocket — but their reduction is typically slower than a feather descending towards the ground.

The president of the United States said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, March 1, 2022…

Tonight, I can announce that the United States has worked with 30 other countries to release 60 Million barrels of oil from reserves around the world.

America will lead that effort, releasing 30 Million barrels from our own Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And we stand ready to do more if necessary, unified with our allies.

These steps will help blunt gas prices here at home. And I know the news about what’s happening can seem alarming.

But I want you to know that we are going to be okay.

…but then — yesterday, Tuesday, March 8, 2022 — Joseph Biden announced the prohibition of the importation of crude oil and other fuels from Russia into the United States:

Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I report that I have issued an Executive Order finding that the Russian Federation’s unjustified, unprovoked, unyielding, and unconscionable war against Ukraine, including its recent further invasion in violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter, further threatens the peace, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and thereby constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

As a result, I have prohibited the following:  (i) the importation into the United States of the following products of Russian Federation origin:  crude oil; petroleum; petroleum fuels, oils, and products of their distillation; liquefied natural gas; coal; and coal products; (ii) new investment in the energy sector in the Russian Federation by a United States person, wherever located; and (iii) any approval, financing, facilitation, or guarantee by a United States person, wherever located, of a transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by that foreign person would be prohibited by this section if performed by a United States person or within the United States.

What People Are Saying About These Historically High Fuel Prices

People have been vocal over the past couple of weeks pertaining to the historically — and ridiculously — high fuel prices in the United States:

Final Boarding Call

Gasoline station
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

This interesting comment by Ric Garrido of Loyalty Traveler was posted in response to the article from yesterday, with which I completely agree: “Yesterday I saw an article about how high gas is in Gorda, California along Big Sur route coastal route and today you write about Furnace Creek gas prices in Death Valley National Park. These are two very remote locations in California that are also major tourist locations. Anyone driving along 130 mile stretches of isolated and desolate roads without having filled up gas in one of the launch point cities, like Monterey or San Luis Obispo for Gorda or Las Vegas/Pahrump, NV/Bakersfield, CA, for Death Valley, places with plenty of gas stations, deserves to pay the premium price at these remote gas stations.”

One might be tempted to say that long gone are the days when the price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States was less than 89 cents per gallon — some gasoline prices were as low as 79 cents per gallon at one point — but that was not even two years ago in April of 2020.

If you operate a motor vehicle which uses diesel fuel, you are unfortunately likely paying even more per gallon…

…and the price for a gallon of gasoline is almost $10.72 per gallon in Hong Kong, which is currently the most expensive price per gallon in the world.

Diesel fuel was slightly less expensive than gasoline in Iceland — and I paid somewhere between eight dollars per gallon and nine dollars per gallon in Iceland back in 2018, which was the most I have ever paid for fuel.

Suddenly, $6.00 for a gallon of gasoline does not sound so bad after all — when compared to as much as $9.99 per gallon, that is…

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All photographs ©2015 and ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

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