High Gas Prices In Norwalk, State May Fall Soon

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Gas prices posted Tuesday at the Shell station at Scribner Avenue and Connecticut Avenue are some of the highest in Norwalk, according to GasBuddy.com.
Gas prices posted Tuesday at the Shell station at Scribner Avenue and Connecticut Avenue are some of the highest in Norwalk, according to GasBuddy.com. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman

NORWALK, Conn. – Gas prices in Norwalk and across the state are once again reaching nation-leading levels. But experts from AAA predict that fuel costs will drop soon.

Connecticut's gas prices were the highest in the continental U.S. as of Monday morning, according to data from AAA. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the state is $4.154, compared with a nationwide average of $3.862. Only Hawaii at $4.412 has a higher per-gallon average.

The state's average gas price has risen more than 16 cents per gallon in the last month and nearly 40 cents from the low point July 1. But prices are still well shy of the state's all-time high, a $4.39-per-gallon average recorded July 9, 2008, and have dropped a few cents the past few days.

"AAA expects the national average to decline in the coming months as demand drops off following the busy summer driving period, as refineries switch from summer-blend to less expensive winter-blend gasoline and as hurricane season draws to a close," Michael Green, AAA media relations manager, wrote in his weekly update on gas prices.

Fairfield County is the hardest hit across the state, AAA's data says. The Bridgeport metropolitan area, which covers most of southwestern Connecticut, pays a current average of $4.233 per gallon, compared with $4.135 in Hartford, $4.131 in New Haven and $4.135 in the Norwich-New London area.

For the bargain-hunters, Norwalk's lowest gas prices Wednesday evening were found at the Global station at Cross Street and Main Street, the Citgo at 309 Main Ave. and the Shell at Main Street and Broad Street, where a gallon of regular unleaded gas was reportedly going for $4.15 at all three stores.

Until prices drop, AAA also offers a few tips for drivers looking to save money on gas:

▪ Consolidate trips and errands to cut down on driving time and miles traveled. Find one area where you can take care of banking, grocery shopping and other errands.

▪ Slow down. The faster a vehicle travels the more fuel it burns.

▪ Avoid quick starts and sudden stops. This wastes fuel, is harder on vehicle components and increases the odds of a crash.

▪ Lighten the load. Don't haul unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment, trunk or cargo area of your vehicle. A heavier vehicle uses more gas.

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Ct gasoline taxes, both State and federal, are .634 cents a gallon
NY gasoline taxes, both State and federal are .677 cents a gallon
NJ gasoline yaxes, both Stae and federal are .320 cents a gallon

We currently are exporting oil. Natural gas is cheap and plentiful and has taken over a lot of oil burning power plants, but many are stuck in long term contracts for imported oil or coal.

I've been looking for that information for a really long time, Old Timer! Where on God's green earth did you find it? Thank you!

Okay, okay, okay. I just picked my jaw up off the floor.

I bought gas on Sunday. I paid $4.119 per gallon. My handy dandy calculator says that the price of a gallon of gas with the local tax, which tends to be lower in the town I filled up in, was $3.485.

I'd be very interested in finding out why New Jersey's State and Federal taxes are half that of New York and Connecticut.

I tell people I am 36, it works with the shaved head LOL! I DO remember those actually. I know that NJ has inexpensive gas due to cheap taxes. I know much of the gas prices are taxes. The problem with alternative energy is that Americans have not embraced it. Look at the chevy volt sales. Also no solar technology as of now that is efficient. Energy prices are soaring, it will cost more to use an electric car than to fill it with gas soon.
Gas is here to stay, it will be another 20 years before alternative energy autos are mainstream.
Also, oil is used for plastic bottles, and heating etc. If we could end our dependency we could set our own prices.

Hi, Steve,

Interesting comments. I haven't been down to New Jersey in a long time. Do they still require the attendants to pump the gas there?

I literally just got off the phone with a friend who lives in western Massachusetts and she was upset because gas up there was $3.97 a gallon. I told her I would not mind paying $3.97 because today I paid $4.11 per gallon, and that is less than what it was last week, which was $4.15. So State and local taxes do have a major impact on the cost

Bridgeport and Fairfield both have charging stations for electric cars. Fairfield has one at their train station and Bridgeport has it at City Hall. The problem is that it takes about 10-12 hours to get a strong charge on the vehicles. The other question is who is paying for that electricity for the re-charge? In Bridgeport, I happen to know that UI is picking up the tab for the first few years because they are doing a usage study, but after that, who knows.

I agree with you that gas is here to stay, as is oil for the long run. And I would like to see our dependency on foreign oil stop also. Unfortunately, ethanol, which was supposed to be the answer to our fuel problems actually didn't pan out the way it was supposed to.

http://green.autoblog.com/2010/11/30/al-gore-admits-supporting-corn-ethanol-subsidies-was-a-mistake/

From what I understand, the amount of grain required to produce a gallon of ethanol costs more in the long run than refining oil. Our old mechanic, who has since retired, used to swear that ethanol was killing the normal gasoline engines. I don't know how true that might be with today's engines, but he was firmly convinced of it.

One of the interesting things is that during the Kennedy administration, Kennedy, who was a Democrat, decided to reduce taxes from 90% to 70%. The link below has some interesting points and I like how the article presents the information. The article also includes some comments about the Reagan tax cuts, which actually were cuts for the middle class, but 10% increase for the upper brackets.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2003/08/the-historical-lessons-of-lower-tax-rates

Interesting, no?

Nancy,

Where did you see those prices? I'd like to avoid that area if possible.

Wrong yet again Robtard... Only ignorant old has been Republicans are suggesting drilling to be the answer. Anyone with at least a 3rd grade education realizes that fossil fuels are so 20th century. The educated and progressive realize that alternate energy sources are the only true answer..This is yet another reason why the Republican party is a dead issue.

I wish they would end oil speculation, that may help drive down prices. Also, we have plenty of oil here if we were allowed to drill it. Not too mention natural gas.

PT Steve,

I don't know how old you are, but if you remember back to probably the late 1990's, there used to be a sticker on the side of the gas pumps. It told you how much the taxes were on a gallon of gas. The last time I remember seeing it, it was something like .50¢ per gallon that went to State, local and Federal Tax. When gas prices began to wildly fluctuate, the stickers were removed. God alone knows what the total tax amount is on a gallon of gas today.

So, yes, while I fully support the idea of producing our own oil, we simply have to take a serious look at all the "hidden" taxes. Otherwise, we'll never know the true cost of a commodity.