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Kai Explains

What's behind the price of gasoline?

by Bennett Purser and Kai Ryssdal Oct 18, 2019
From taxes, to marketing, to refining, a lot into the price of a gallon of gasoline.
A motorist fills his car with gas at a gas station near an oil field pumping rig in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Ahead of July 4, average gas prices jump about a nickel

by Erika Beras Jul 3, 2019
In some parts of the country, the issue is supply, while other states see new gas taxes.
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How is it that gas prices can be so different block to block?

by Renata Sago Apr 29, 2019
Drivers know that gas prices can be kind of all over the map. It varies quite a bit by state. And sometimes you find notable differences between stations in the same confined area, even though most factors affecting cost such…
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Iran sanctions: What will become of oil prices?

by Scott Tong Apr 22, 2019
Traders are concerned about supply.
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Measuring inflation isn't easy

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 10, 2019
Month-to-month price fluctuations make it difficult for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure inflation accurately.
Shoppers line up to check out at a Target store in 2008 in Miami.
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Here’s one reason you pay more for gas in the summer

by Andy Uhler Jun 25, 2018
The gasoline you’re putting in your car now is different than the gasoline you bought a few months ago. The gas that’s fueling your summer vacation is the “summer blend,” which uses a different mix of ingredients and it’s more…

Rising gas prices could drive some to change travel plans

by Renata Sago Jun 14, 2018
Gas prices are on the rise just in time for summer travel. But will that give drivers second thoughts about hitting the road during the summer vacation season? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

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Gas prices head north before holiday

by Andy Uhler May 23, 2018
We’re only a few days away from Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel days of the year. More than 41 million Americans are expected to hit the road. You know where you’re going? Are you going to drive…

Cold snaps mean way more demand for natural gas

by Jed Kim Jan 3, 2018
There’s plenty of natural gas available to heat and power homes through the cold spell that’s gripping much of the U.S. The problem is getting it where it’s needed, and hiccups in that process can mean price spikes. Click the…

GM responds to demand for bigger cars by thinning its workforce

by Marielle Segarra Dec 20, 2016
Consumers are shifting gears away from compact cars as gas prices remain low.
A 2013 Cadillac ATS gets ready to come off the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant July 26, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan. 
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