At least for the present, gone are the days where one or more regions in the U.S. are showing diesel prices in the $2-a-gallon range, with the national average ringing up at $3.394 a gallon Monday.
That was up 9 tenths of a penny from last week’s $3.385.
California diesel prices actually went down, but only by 2 tenths of a cent, to $4.109 a gallon, reported the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The West Coast Less California region saw the biggest price jump — 3.3 cents a gallon — putting diesel in that EIA region at $3.591.
The Midwest region stayed the same as last week, $3.351 a gallon, while the Gulf Coast had the lowest diesel at $3.172, up 3 tenths of a penny from last week.
U.S. crude rose 0.6 percent to $71.78 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, added 0.4 percent to $80.78 a barrel in London, The Associated Press reported.
Natural gas prices continued to surge as the weather in the U.S. grew colder. They rose 2.6 percent to $3.24 per 1,000 cubic feet Monday and have climbed almost 8 percent in October to reach their highest price since January.
Wholesale gasoline edged up 0.1 percent to $1.94 a gallon and heating oil added 0.2 percent to $2.33 a gallon.
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Dorothy Cox is former assistant editor – now retired – of The Trucker, and a 20-plus-year trucking journalism veteran. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in divinity. Cox has been in journalism since 1972. She has won awards for her writing in both mainstream and trucking journalism.