by Katy Grimes, Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As appearing in the California Globe

Gov. Newsom wants to know why CA gas is so high

California’s high gas prices are behind the spike in the national average cost of a gallon of gas. California’s average price of $4.096 is up 44 cents from a month ago and 46 cents from a year ago, according to AAA.

The national average hit $2.90 on Friday, up 20 cents from a month ago and 8 cents more than a year ago, said AAA. The lowest price for gas is in Alabama, at $2.513 per gallon.

In April, California Globe addressed the rise in gas prices more than eight weeks in a row in California, and has followed legislation impacting the oil and gas industry.

In April Gov. Gavin Newsom asked the California Energy Commission for an analysis of the state’s gas prices by May 15. Many smirked at his request, but he is correct to ask. However, California lawmakers have demanded explanations for high gas prices in the 1990s, early 2000s and 2006, but received little information.

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