Multi-Year High Gas Prices Become Presidential Priority

NOTE: AAA Fuel Gauge data should include attribution to AAA.

Phoenix, Ariz., March 22, 2012. Across the state and country, motorists are continuing to adjust to uncomfortably high fuel prices. Statewide, prices increased 2.4 cents to $3.893 per gallon. Nationally, prices increased 6 cents to an average of $3.881 per gallon.
This week, President Obama embarked on a multi-state tour to address the issue at the forefront of motorists’ minds. Earlier today, the President announced action he is taking to help expedite the permit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will run from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf of Mexico. Later today, AAA will conduct an exclusive interview with the President on the subject of gasoline prices. AAA will make interview specifics available in a news release tomorrow.
“While additional infrastructure, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, may help to alleviate fuel prices in the future, it isn’t a silver bullet solution,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “As an organization representing more than 52 million motorists, AAA looks forward to sitting down with President Obama to discuss an issue that is impacting our members—and every driver on the road.”
Tucson and Scottsdale hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.714 and $3.986 respectively. Wyoming and California hold the low and high price extremes for the lower 48 states at $3.458 and $4.345, respectively. Currently, nine states, including the District of Columbia, hold averages at or above $4 per gallon.

City Today’s Price Change from Last Week Premium Diesel Last Year’s Price
East Valley (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Queen Creek) $3.933 +2.0 $4.183 $4.201 $3.506
Flagstaff $3.938 +3.6 $4.163 $4.312 $3.620
Glendale $3.925 +2.2 $4.188 $4.233 $3.524
Peoria $3.926 +2.5 $4.185 $4.227 $3.494
Phoenix (city) $3.494 +1.6 $4.180 $4.220 $3.523
Pima County $3.730 +2.4 $3.933 $4.247 $3.338
Prescott (Tri-Cities) $3.853 +3.9 $4.055 $4.253 $3.510
Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Fountain Hills) $3.986 +2.9 $4.255 $4.254 $3.640
Tucson $3.714 +2.4 $3.928 $4.234 $3.326
Yuma $3.960 +3.9 $4.158 $4.193 $3.649
Statewide $3.893 +2.4 $4.131 $4.245 $3.528
National $3.881 +6.0 $4.151 $4.153 $3.548
E-85 $3.287 +2.5 - - $$3.017
*E85 MPG/BTU adjusted price $4.326 +3.4 - - $3.971

AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:

*The BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is the nationwide average price of E-85 adjusted to reflect the lower energy content as expressed in British Thermal Units. The BTU-adjusted price is calculated and displayed as part of AAA's Fuel Gauge Report because according to the Energy Information Administration, E-85 delivers approximately 25 percent fewer BTUs by volume than conventional gasoline. Because "flexible fuel" vehicles can operate on conventional fuel and E-85, the BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is essential to understanding the cost implications of each fuel choice for consumers.
AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.