Gas prices rising

In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, Marty Mascio of Pembroke Pines, Fla., selects a grade of gasoline as he fills up his car at a Chevron station in Pembroke Pines. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Alabama, AL, July 31- Average retail gasoline prices in Alabama have risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.02/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,348 gas outlets in Alabama. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.31/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Alabama during the past week, prices yesterday were 15.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 8.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 18.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on July 31 in Alabama have ranged widely over the last five years:

$1.87/g in 2016, $2.28/g in 2015, $3.25/g in 2014, $3.36/g in 2013 and $3.25/g in 2012.

Areas near Alabama and their current gas price climate:

Birmingham- $2.00/g, up 2.1 cents per gallon from last week's $1.98/g.

Montgomery- $2.01/g, up 0.4 cents per gallon from last week's $2.00/g.

Huntsville- $2.01/g, up 0.7 cents per gallon from last week's $2.01/g.

"The upward climb at pumps across the country has largely continued as crude oil prices rallied and stand within striking distance of $50 per barrel,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. "The rise in oil has come due to unrest and concern over the political outlook in Venezuela, a major supplier of crude oil to the U.S., due as well to Saudi Arabia's export cut to six million barrels per day. Add on top of it U.S. oil inventories that have declined over 50 million barrels from March and you have a recipe for a continued rally in gasoline prices in much of the country. Watch for some volatility in oil and gasoline prices in the weeks ahead, especially with what's going on in Venezuela. August will likely feature the summer's highest gasoline prices."

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