Gas prices on track for unseasonable spike

Gas prices on track for unseasonable spike

Motorists, brace yourselves for a lump of coal this holiday season: higher-priced gasoline.

Nationwide, a gallon of regular unleaded gas averaged $2.977 on Friday and more than $3 a gallon in 20 states. That’s up nearly 10 cents the past week and 34 cents higher than December 2009, AAA spokesman Troy Green says.

Benchmark crude oil opens today at $88.37 a barrel. If crude crosses $90 for the first time since 2008 and continues to rise, as many industry experts forecast, the average price of regular unleaded could hit $3.15 or higher by year’s end…

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