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We’re Number One — In Gas Prices

California has the most expensive gasoline prices in the country.  The Auto Club's Marie Montgomery says unleaded gas is now averaging almost $3-per-gallon. She says there's a couple of reasons -- including tight supplies -- why we're paying more at the pumps.

Montgomery : We have California refineries that can't quite make all of the gas that we use in California, so our state can't supply its own needs adequately just from our state's refineries. Number two: that we use this boutique fuel.

She says no other states use the special gas blend, which is designed to meet California's air quality standards. Montgomery says pump prices here are now higher than Hawaii, which usually leads the nation. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in San Diego County is about $2.94 -- a jump of 37 cents from last month.

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