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If you're headed out on the road and want to save money, we can help with our weekly gas prices compiled Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Gas price increases in Massachusetts did not continue this week after a spike brought by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The average price for a gallon of gas in Massachusetts is $4.35 – 11 cents lower than last week, according to AAA, and 32 cents higher than the national average.
This week's price is 41 cents lower than a month ago, which had an average of $4.76, and $1.31 higher than in August 2021, which had a $3.04 average.
“Oil accounts for almost 60 percent of pump prices, so with the price of oil dropping, prices at the pump follow suit,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast director of public and government affairs. “Couple that with falling demand for gasoline, and you have a recipe for prices continuing to ease. It’s possible that the national average for regular unleaded gas could drop below $4 a gallon by the end of this week.”
The decrease in gas prices is due to lower demand for gasoline at the pump in the U.S. and a drop in the global price of oil. But higher demand for gas could lead the steady decrease in prices to falter, according to AAA.
President Joe Biden's approval ratings dropped as gas prices rose. A Quinnipiac University poll found that 4 in 10 Americans blamed Biden for the spike in gas prices.
But energy analysts say it is not Biden's policies but the global rise in oil prices that is driving the higher costs. Some analysts say the driver behind the high gas prices is the low refining capacity, which breaks down crude oil. More refineries in Russia were taken offline amid the invasion of Ukraine, lessening the refining capacity. In the U.S., increased costs are also a result of refinery shutdowns during the pandemic, experts say.
Experts predict an increase in gas prices with the seasonal demand and increase in oil prices.
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Here's where you can you find the cheapest gas on the South Shore:
226 Church St.
223 Church St.
AL Prime, Marshfield
2170 Ocean St.
AL Prime, Whitman
79 Temple St.
92 Washington St.
BJ's Gas Station, Plymouth
105 Shops at 5 Way
115 Brockton Ave.
U.S. Gas Auto Services Center, Quincy
588 Adams St.
AL Prime, Plymouth
724 State Road
Prestige Gas, Quincy
9 Franklin St.
Prices as of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. This will be updated weekly.
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Information from USA TODAY is used in this report. Patriot Ledger reporter Katherine Canniff contributed.
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