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Gas prices continue climbing higher

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Prices at the pump continue to rise ” even as gasoline consumption goes down for the first time in more than a decade. And Tahoe City is leading the state in high prices.

Many Northern California areas are setting record high gas prices and the California average has risen 69 cents in 2007. According to an American Automobile Association of Northern California report.

By comparison, Truckee-Tahoe averages have increased by 79 cents between April 18 and January 18.

“We encourage people to conserve fuel,” said spokesman Sean Comey of AAA of Northern California. “But it is discouraging when people appear to be making an effort to conserve and are still paying record prices.”

Some Truckee-Tahoe commuters have decided to work together to conserve gas by forming carpools.

“A lot of people are moving to Reno because it’s more affordable, but we still love our jobs here, so we decided to join together and save some money,” said Charlie McLeod, a public service technician for the Town of Truckee. “We do it to save wear-and-tear on our cars and on gas prices ” it helps everyone in the long run.”

McLeod said a group of about five town employees started carpooling together about three and a half years ago, and take turns driving.

“It’s absolutely a positive experience. We get along,” McLeod said. “Everybody works together.”

Continued increases in prices have been attributed to lower production in recent weeks, according to the California Energy Commission.

The yearly effort to switch from winter to summer fuel blends has taken longer than usual, slowing ” or stopping ” production at many refineries around the state, Comey said.

AAA also reports that the cost of crude oil remains high.

“This is one of the most significant price increases we’ve seen in the last five years,” said Comey in a release. “Fuel costs started rising at the beginning of February and never stopped.”