Rancho Bernardo Chevron. Oil follows avocados out of country.
  • Rancho Bernardo Chevron. Oil follows avocados out of country.
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In the last month, gas prices have unexpectedly risen in San Diego County, up to 75 cents a gallon. Ten local stations hit $4.00 a gallon on January 30, with the Chevron station at 16998 West Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo posting the highest, at $4.19 a gallon.

The reason for the current rise, the highest since July 2015, is the same reason we pay top dollar for local avocados grown in Fallbrook — others will pay more. In the case of oil, other countries.

In late 2015, Congress lifted the ban on exporting of American crude. “Oil is finding a home overseas,” reports CNN Money’s Matt Egan.

Egan reports that in 2017, 26.2% of America’s crude was imported by China, Britain, and the Netherlands. Forecasters even believe the U.S. could soon topple Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer.

Exports, along with a large reduction in surpluses, are the reason that San Diegans are now paying an average $3.38 a gallon (regular, cash price) as of January 30.

According to gasbuddy.com, as of January 30, the Noil station in Otay Mesa is the only station in the county that remains under $3.00 a gallon, at $2.97. Oceanside’s two Mohsen’s and four G&M stations are the county's next six lowest, just a few pennies above $3.00.

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AlexClarke Jan. 31, 2018 @ 7:32 a.m.

Since the mid 20th century Chevron (Standard) has always had the highest prices. It makes no difference to Chevron that they have the highest prices and that they have few customers. At an intersection near me there are two gas stations. One is an Arco the other is a Chevron. The Arco is filled with people waiting. The Chevron has one or two customers. There are two kinds of Chevron customers: 1. Those who ran out of gas and coasted in and, 2. Those who are stupid enough to believe that Chevron has "special" gas and that it is better than all other gas. You just can't fix stupid.


AlexClarke Jan. 31, 2018 @ 7:34 a.m.

Ken Harrison: The picture is of the Chevron/Soapy Joe's in La Mesa; Jackson and Center Dr.


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