New Mexico gasoline prices last week rose the most in Santa Fe and Las Cruces, according to the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch.

Santa Fe’s average regular unleaded gas price ticked up 3 cents to $3.15 per gallon for the week ending Thursday, the same increase as Las Cruces, where gas reached $3.11 per gallon. Albuquerque dropped a penny to $3.10, and Farmington remained unchanged at $3.48.

New Mexico overall saw fuel prices increase 1 cent to $3.12 per gallon, AAA reported.

“Gas price averages still have some volatility after the Gulf experienced two storms recently in Texas and Louisiana, impacting the oil and gas industry,” AAA New Mexico spokesman Daniel Armbruster said in a news release.

Arizona, which usually has more expensive fuel prices than New Mexico, had nearly the same price at $3.15 per gallon. Colorado clocked in at $3.56 per gallon and Nevada at $3.93. Texas, with the cheapest gas in the country, had an average price of $2.82.

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Robert Fields

It’s in the news that oil is hitting $90 a barrel now and could go higher. Disruptions anywhere on the globe can drive prices higher here and even disrupt supply. Oil is getting unstable again, and no matter what some may post here, fossil fuels will have to be taxed and/or rationed as global warming gets worse. No idea if or when that will actually come but it’s the logical thing to do to try to reign in CO2 emissions.

With oil prices moving up, foreign attacks on our infrastructure knocking out pipelines that feed gasoline to various regions, geopolitical issues that could disrupt supplies anywhere on the globe, etc, gasoline is not the reliable fuel the industry would like you to believe it is.

We’ve seen it before but nobody learns. We can indeed have gas shortages and big price increases. Buying big wasteful vehicles means if stations limit you to 5 gallons, life can get tough. Every time prices spike, news crews interview hapless consumers stretched to the limit by price increases complaining they can’t afford it. Somehow it escapes them that had they bought more efficient vehicles, it wouldn’t have near the impact on their finances.

There are answers, though. All folks need to do is get the vehicle they need instead of the vehicle they think they want. Go smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient. Go hybrid. If you go plug-in hybrid or full electric, you can generally or totally remove the need to get gouged at the pump. You can charge at home and if you have solar panels or install them, your “gas” is essentially free and limitless.

Want to drive for free, avoid lines, and sometimes just be able to drive when everyone else is stuck? It is possible and more and more are getting on board. Something to think about.

Richard Irell

Ww put in a solar system a couple of years back. Sized it for an EV. Bought a Tesla about 10 months ago and my electric bills run about $5/month.

The Tesla is great for 95% or so of our driving around the Santa Fe & ABQ area, not so much for road trips. We recently drove to LA but took our Avalon Hybrid as driving the Tesla would have added about 2 hours to the trip.

As range of EVs improves, there will be less and less need for ICE vehicles.

Robert Fields

So much this. For local trips EV’s are more than good enough. For longer trips where charging gets to be an obstacle, there are hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Many households are multiple vehicle so transitioning isn’t tough.

Obviously not everyone can go out and buy new cars, but for those in the market, some form of EV is definitely worth considering!

Richard Irell

Plug-in hybrids are useful only for very short trips. Their electric only range is a joke.

Jeff clark

Well we are in California and gas is 4.45$ to 4.65$ per gallon in Bay area and 5$ plus in the hinterlands

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