Gas prices continued to push further into record territory today in Columbus, with regular unleaded reaching $3.71 per gallon.
Today's price is a 3-cent jump from Sunday when regular was selling for an average $3.675 per gallon locally, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
Some stations in town, however, were spotted peddling regular for $3.819 per gallon Sunday.
A month ago, gasoline prices averaged $3.30 per gallon in Columbus. They were $2.89 per gallon on May 12 a year ago.
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"With oil prices already at record levels and news that the Euro strengthened again against the weakened U.S. dollar simply adds fuel to the ongoing crude oil rally, which for all practical purposes has been going on since the fourth quarter of 2007," said Randy Bly, a spokesman for AAA Auto Club South.
Crude oil futures pushed past $126 per barrel in early trading today, but were falling in early afternoon. But Bly appears confident upward momentum will continue overall, citing traders' concerns of a possible supply disruption and attacks by Nigerian militants on oil production facilities.
"As we will likely see this week, gasoline prices have no other way to go but up," he said.
The highest gas price in Georgia today can be found in Athens at $3.72 per gallon. Atlanta is $3.70 per gallon. Both are all-time highs for those cities.
The state's lowest average is in Augusta at $3.63 per gallon.
Diesel fuel prices also spiked higher today in Columbus to a record high of $4.34 per gallon, up a nickel from the day before.
Nationally, more records fell today.
The U.S. average for regular unleaded gas reached a record $3.72 per gallon, AAA reported. Diesel hit $4.36 per gallon.