Gas prices continue to climb

Idaho gasoline prices continue to climb and the American Automobile Association says drivers should expect that trend to continue.

Triple-A notes the price of crude oil is currently at $69 per barrel, the highest in the last 2 ½ years. Crude oil makes up half the price of finished gasoline, and if the trend of higher crude prices continues, gas prices will likely follow.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC announced last week that member nations will continue to gradually increase crude oil production in July, and Triple-A says if they do, crude oil prices could stabilize or even decrease, helping motorists in the process.

Currently, the Idaho state average for regular is $3.28 per gallon, which is three cents more than a week ago and 11 cents more than a month ago. The national average currently sits at $3.05, which is a penny more than a week ago and ten cents more than a month ago.

Boise has the state’s highest price for gas at $3.41 per gallon, while Coeur d’Alene has the lowest average price at $3.07. Lewiston’s average price is currently $3.09 per gallon.

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