Gas Prices Surge : Gas prices in Dallas have witnessed a sharp increase of 26 cents over the past month, reflecting a broader trend of rising gas prices nationwide. Last week, the average price reported by GasBuddy in Dallas stood at $3.35 per gallon, while on Friday, it averaged $3.48 per gallon. The hike in prices aligns with the national average, which currently stands at $3.70 per gallon, a 13 cent increase from the previous week. The upward trajectory in gas prices extends beyond Dallas, as GasBuddy’s data reveals an overall average of $3.52 per gallon across the United States. The American Automobile Association (AAA) further corroborates this trend, reporting an average gallon price of $3.41, marking an 18 cent increase from the previous week.
Energy research chief at the Oil Price Information Service, Tom Kloza, attributes the surge in gas prices to increased sales activity. Kloza anticipates a significant 2 million barrel-per-day shortfall in crude oil demand during the third quarter. Several industries have reduced output due to the heat, with Saudi Arabia being a notable example, leading to a subsequent rise in crude oil and West Texas Intermediate prices.
Daniel Armbruster, the spokesperson for AAA Texas, points to rising crude oil costs, declining fuel stockpiles, and heightened summer travel demand as contributing factors to the escalating retail gas prices.
GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis, Patrick De Haan, observes that gas prices have been relatively less volatile than usual throughout the summer. While gasoline demand has peaked for the season, there remain potential risks that could cause significant fluctuations in gas prices before the end of the summer.
Despite the recent price surge, Texas currently boasts the seventh-cheapest gas costs. Compared to a year ago, Dallas gas prices averaged $3.67, indicating a noticeable increase. However, looking back to December 2022, the average city gallon cost a mere $2.59, illustrating the substantial shift in gas prices over time.
Tom Kloza emphasizes that despite the recent rise, both crude oil and gasoline prices remain significantly cheaper than they were a year ago, providing some relief to consumers.
The surge in pump prices in Dallas and across the nation can be attributed to multiple factors, including sales-driven increases, decreased crude oil output in certain regions, and heightened travel demands. While gas prices have shown some stability during the summer, potential risks could still impact prices in the near future. However, it is essential to note that despite recent increases, gas prices remain relatively more affordable compared to the same period last year.