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Gas Prices Soaring — Find the Cheapest in San Anselmo and Fairfax

The average price per gallon in California has risen by 31 cents since Monday.

In Marin and across California, residents awoke Friday to find that gas prices had increased significantly overnight by as much as 20 cents. The average price of regular gas across the state rose to $4.49 a gallon — the highest in the nation. On Monday, Oct. 1, the California average was $4.18.

The Bay Area average is even higher, at $4.52 a gallon. The cheapest gas in San Anselmo Friday was a whopping $4.55 at the Gas & Shop station at 750 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., while the most expensive was $.69 at the 76 station, according to GasBuddy.com. In Fairfax, gas prices were evn higher at $4.79 at North Bay Gas and $4.98 at RINO.

While gas prices have spiked around the nation, refinery outages and pipeline problems have added to woes in California, causing a decrease in supply coming out of California's refineries, including the Chevron refinery in Richmond. 

Among the recent disruptions were an Aug. 6 fire at a Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond left one of the region's largest refineries producing at a reduced capacity. A power failure in Southern California has affected an Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery, and a Chevron pipeline that moves crude to Northern California also was shut down, according to the Associated Press.

This time 10 years ago, in 2002, the average price for gas in California was $1.55 a gallon, according to EnergyAlmanac.ca.gov. Last year, it was $3.82 a gallon.

How will you cope with the increase in prices? Will you drive less? Will you use alternate modes, like a bike? Will you carpool to work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Pamela October 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I bought a Nissan Leaf 2 months ago.....glad I did. No gas, no oil, no tune-ups, it's a dream car!!!! Love it. If you haven't thought of going electric, you should. We must break this dependence upon fossil fuels---foreign and domestic!! Go Green People!!
John Ferguson October 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Sounds great - I just hope you have some good choices when it comes time to replace the batteries that power it. That's the only downside to stored electric I can see - I'm personally hoping for good news from the fuel cell companies in the next 10 years..
Darren Overby October 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
John my Toyota RAV4-EV is 11 years old with 107,000 miles and still running great with 100 mile range! Yes, there are options. If I needed to, I could replace the batteries at a cost of $4,000 but I don't need to. Yes, it's expensive but so is replacing an gas engine at the end of it's life so I'm not sure why this comes up as an issue for people.
Darren Overby October 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
If anyone wants to learn more about electric cars and experience a ride in one, contact me through Drivingelectric.org . I would be happy to answer all your questions, share my commute to the city and show you how I charge for free. I'll take you to work! Drivingelectric.org connects people curious about electric cars with those who already own and drive them.
John Ferguson October 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Darren, it's not just the cost but the lack of good recycling options for batteries on a mass scale. They're toxic and we'll need to develop facilities to break them down and reprocess the contents so the toxic materials don't end up in our land and water. With any truly green vehicle the entire life cycle has to be considered.
Darren Overby October 09, 2012 at 06:09 AM
John, don't worry about EV batteries. Their high value ensures they get recycled. Instead worry about about the billions of small batteries that still get thrown away all the time. Here's some mythbusting about EV batteries from environmental oriented websites. http://bit.ly/QbbNoV and http://bit.ly/hPS70u
John Ferguson October 09, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Darren, I can see from your comments that you're heavily invested in EV technology. That's fine, it's certainly better than the current alternative but ultimately electricity storage for vehicles is a bridge technology to something better. Batteries are too heavy, too expensive and too dependent on toxic rare earth materials to be more than a bridge to a cleaner, lighter and more efficient future. Personally, if I had a choice between a pure EV vehicle and a hybrid that utilized a small diesel or natural gas engine, I would choose the latter.

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