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Why Is Massachusetts Gas Wicked Expensive Right Now?

Why Is Massachusetts Gas So Expensive Right Now? If you've filled up your tank lately, you probably noticed something not-so-fun. The prices at the pump are on the rise. Yup, they're sneaking up on you like a Prius. In just a week, those numbers on the gas station signs have jumped up by double digits. So, what's the deal with this sudden hike? Well, according to AAA, it's all because of something called the "summer blend." Massachusetts gas has a summer blend? Apparently, every year around this time, gas stations make the switch to this summery mix, and it tends to nudge those prices upward. But hey, it's not all pain at the pump. There's a glimmer of hope shining on the horizon. AAA says these prices might just shimmy back down soon. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas here in the Bay State has climbed up by a whopping 19 cents in just a week. That puts us at an average of $3.56 per gallon. And get this: compared to a month ago, we're up by 27 cents. Of course, depending on where you are, prices can vary. It's like a gas station price lottery out there. Check out where to get the cheapest Massachusetts gas HERE. AAA says there are a couple of things that might help ease our pain at the pump. First off, after April vacation and Memorial Day, there's usually a bit of a breather in demand. Plus, there's more oil and gas floating around, which tends to push oil prices down a notch. Speaking of oil prices, they took a nosedive last week thanks to some stuff happening in the Middle East and China slowing down on their oil buying spree. Who knew global politics and economics could affect our gas prices, right? Now, if you're curious about how this all stacks up to last year, well, it's not too different. Back then, drivers were shelling out an average of $3.48 per gallon of Massachusetts gas, just eight cents cheaper than what we're dealing with now. So, what's the deal with this whole "summer blend" thing anyway? Well, it's like this: the EPA says this time of year is when refineries start cooking up a special recipe for summer gasoline. It's different from the winter blend because, you know, seasons change and so do our fuel needs. Winter gas helps cars start in the cold, while summer gas keeps emissions low when it's warm. But making this summertime brew isn't cheap. It's pricier for refineries to whip up, and there are all these different types of fuel needed across the country, depending on where you are. It's like trying to juggle 14 different flavors of ice cream. And that's the scoop on why those numbers at the pump are pumping up. Here's hoping they decide to take a break and give our wallets a much-needed vacation.

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