Here’s what’s behind the surprising increase in gas prices: Roadshow

Q: Gas prices went up 11 cents a gallon at my station in Palo Alto last week. … There are fewer cars on the road due to COVID-19, so why are gas prices on the rise? … Don’t pump prices usually decline in February?

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A: Yes, winter normally brings a decrease in prices, but the terrible deep freeze in Texas and other southern states cut refinery production by 20%. The ripple effect extends to the West Coast, too. Patrick-the-Gas-Buddy-Man says to

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