Gas was a cent cheaper last week

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Gasoline prices in Tacoma have fallen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 271 stations in Tacoma. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.85, according to GasBuddy.

Including the change locally during the week, prices were 59.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and areĀ  unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has dropped 6.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 60.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

“As gas prices saw their highest level on July 4 in four years, President Trump continues to try to push OPEC to produce more crude oil, but so far, it hasn’t materialized into much anything. Gas prices have inched up in a majority of states and oil prices remain comfortably above $70 per barrel, with no significant relief any time soon,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “In addition, with a brief reminder of hurricane season as Beryl formed, there may be more worries that in the weeks ahead the Atlantic could churn out more storms, thus more risk of disruption in regards to oil or refinery infrastructure. There’s little downward pressure on oil prices as we remain in the midst of the summer driving season, and unless we see credible evidence to suggest OPEC or other countries are producing more oil, we will likely continue to see gas prices drift higher.”

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