Gas prices continue rising

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

Gas prices are reaching record highs across the country as <a href=”https://www.ace.aaa.com/?productLink=nav-0″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>AAA</a> reports the national average at $3.41 per gallon.

In Alabama, those prices are a little lower at $3.19 per gallon, or $1.32 less than last year’s AAA average. This price increase is leaving many Alabamians worried for the upcoming holiday season.

Tuscaloosa resident Aidan Dollins said lower-income residents suffer the most when gas prices go up. He said those already experiencing financial instability are the ones “getting hit the hardest.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Paki said the Biden Administration has ordered the Federal Trade Commission to investigate potential price gouging across that nation because of continued price increases.

Paki said the current administration is working with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on releasing more gasoline and oil to the market.

Dollins said he is making sacrifices this holiday season because of the prices spike.

“I’m driving home for Christmas and I’m not driving home for Thanksgiving,” Dollins said. “Normally those two drives I would make no matter what. You don’t miss those kinds of moments with family, but that’s going to be $250 or $300 in gasoline.”

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