Santa Feans paid an average of $3.32 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, the highest since Sept. 8, 2014, the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch reported Thursday.

Santa Fe and Las Cruces had the highest increases among the state’s metro areas and New Mexico overall at 5 cents over the previous week. One year ago, the Santa Fe average was $1.95, AAA statistics show.

Albuquerque, which was at $3.24 per gallon, and Santa Fe, along with New Mexico at $3.32, remain below the national average fuel price of $3.40 per gallon. Las Cruces was at $3.42, and Farmington remained unchanged from last week at $3.49.

AAA attributes the high prices to the crude oil price staying above $80 a barrel after being in the low $60s in August.

In 2014, Santa Fe peaked at $3.53 but tumbled to below $2 per gallon by December, AAA spokesman Daniel Armbruster said.

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Robert Fields

Aside from Marie’s fringe right conspiracy theories and blaming Biden, still in his first year - for high gasoline prices, there is still a big take home message. Oil and gas are getting more expensive and the supply is getting more erratic. Blame it on sunspots if you want, but the fact is that if you want more supply and price stability, consider alternatives like solar panels, solar water heaters, and electric or hybrid vehicles.

Get the install and buy the car and your costs are fixed and your supply is as reliable as the sun. You don’t have to subject yourself to the whims of oil ministers, dictators, and speculators.

Just something to think about. People do have more control over this than many realize.

Marie Naphsid

Brandon did that!

Robert Fields

My, how clever. But it actually wasn’t “Brandon”. It was decades of republican “leaders” aiming you guys right towards a cliff while chanting planet-killing nonsense like “drill, baby, drill”. In many ways it’s not unlike how they led you folks away from masks, vaccines, and distancing - and once again, it’s you guys paying the price. You really need better leaders, Marie.

The simple fact is that fossil fuels are an international commodity. As turmoil in other parts of the world impacts supplies and demand, we see the waves hit our shores here. Fossil fuels are going to get more uncertain in the world. Weather and political issues/upheavals elsewhere can and will drive prices up here.

You might want to look around you, Marie. There’s far more going on in the world that will drive prices up than pressures driving them down. Volatility in both supply and price is something you might want to prepare for. And thank republicans for helping paint yourself into that tidy little corner of yours. Meanwhile, you might want to check out more efficient/hybrid/EV vehicles, insulating your home, putting up solar panels, etc. Once you do that, you won’t need to try to be clever (and a week late) about ridiculing a president who really is trying to help you and your children.

Robert Fields

Now Marie, that poopy pants thing is a fringe right conspiracy theory. You guys are trying to make that a thing and it’s not a thing. It’s discredited and not unlike the rumors you guys so love about Fauci dining on puppies. You guys need to get a satisfying life. And have you ever heard of jet lag? I guess not.

david J.

Let us go, Brandon

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