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Gas Prices Go Up in Charlotte

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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- If you've been to a gas station lately, you've probably had this reaction...

"I don't understand why the gas prices have gone up," said Claire, an 82 year old woman.

"I think it's crazy I was able to fill up my tank with $25 dollars and now it takes me $30 to $35 to fill it up," said Martha.

AAA of the Carolinas says gas prices have jumped 15 cents in the past month. The highest price I saw in Charlotte was $3.69 a gallon. What have you seen?

"Last week I paid $3.41 for gas, now it's $3.59. That's a big jump in a week's time," said Claire.

"I think it's crazy we have to drive all the way to South Carolina to get cheaper gas," said Martha.

I asked Triple-A why prices are so high.

"This is something that happens every Spring. This is a time when refineries do their seasonal maintenance and they're not producing as much. So, the supplies level drops and gas prices rise," said Angela with AAA of the Carolinas.

Think of coffee blends; you have light, medium, and dark roasts. Gasoline also has blends, one for the winter and one for the summer.

Oil refineries are making the transition from one to the other, creating less gasoline, making demand and prices go up.

"The summer fuel blend reduces smog and obviously more people are driving so, it's more environmentally friendly. Refineries have to make the transition by May 1st," said Angela with Triple-A.

While the summer gas blend may be friendlier to the environment, it's certainly not friendlier to our wallets.

"They're very hard on seniors like me who are living on a fixed income," said Claire.

"It's outrageous and they keep getting higher, but our wages aren't getting higher," said Martha.

Believe it or not, I met one person who's actually happy about the higher gas prices.

"This country has plenty of energy under our feet at our disposal. We can become independent of natural resources from other parts of the world and have it right in our own hands and be in control of it," said Tom.

He hopes the crazy prices motivates folks to make the U.S. energy independent.

According to Triple-A, the high prices won't last too long.

"Right now we're seeing gas prices climb, but late this month or early next month, we should see them coming back down again," said Angela.

This will make us forget about high gas prices until next Spring.

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