There are a TON of reasons why gas is up to like $2.35 out here in SoCal. First, there is the always-present fact that California requires unique additives to "reduce pollution"
, which increase the price compared to other states. Next, there is the fact that OPEC has cut production numerous times. Lastly, most (or all) of the oil refineries shut down to reduced capacity this time of year for repair. So besides having less oil, we have less places to process that oil now.
Damn, I still remember those $.90 prices a year or two ago. Those were sweet times. Next time that happens, I'm buying some beer kegs and filling up for later.