Gas Prices Up While Biofuels Fail to Make the Grade

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Nevada gas prices are on the rise reports AAA.  The average price per gallon for regular unleaded fuel is $3.50, up 17 cents from a month ago, although it’s still down from the same time last year when it was $3.83.

Reno drivers are seeing the most expensive gas prices in the state at $3.75 per gallon, while in Elko, prices rose by 5 cents to $3.64. In Las Vegas, the average price per gallon is $3.42.

AAA says gas prices are following their usual trend of rising in the spring and heading toward a peak in the summer. Prices are expected to rise in the next month due to seasonal refinery maintenance and a mandatory switch to summer-blend gasoline.

“There is a reason why we typically see gas prices rise as the weather becomes warmer. Each spring, refiners must start producing their summer-blend gasoline by May 1, and that process is well underway,” said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Nevada spokesperson. “Additional additives are put into the gasoline to make it burn properly, so that it will meet clean-air standards. The cost of those additives is passed on to the consumer.”

Of cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, the lowest price, $3.29 a gallon, was in Salt Lake City. Los Angeles had the highest, at $4.26. The lowest price in California was in Sacramento, $3.95, with Eureka coming in 16 cents higher.

However, the average price of regular in California is now $4.16, up 19 cents from two weeks ago.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline has jumped 9 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, bringing the total increase to 40 cents over 10 weeks.

The average for a gallon of regular is now $3.69. Midgrade averages $3.88 and premium is $4.02, with the national average price at $3.49 per gallon.

Meanwhile a new study, commissioned by the federal government, says that biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are actually worse than gasoline when it comes to global warming. The research published in the journal Nature Climate Change challenges the Obama administration’s conclusions that biofuels are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change.

The study is being criticized by industry experts and Obama administration as being flawed. Both claim biofuels are better for the environment than are gasoline and corn ethanol.

A 2007 law requires they release 60 percent less carbon than gas to qualify as renewable fuel. They have struggled to reach the volumes required by law.

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