San Diego Gas Prices Skyrocket

Via Kyra Sharma

Via Kyra Sharma

San Diego has officially become the last place a car owner wants to be. As of March, the city has set new records for highest gas price in the history of our country. A gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County has reached an average of $5.215. This new price, being $1.456 more than last year’s average, has proven to be one of the most inconveniencing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for San Diegans. 

However, the pandemic isn’t the only factor fueling this issue. Though prices at the pump were soaring long before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the situation has only exacerbated the issue. The United States and European Union’s imposing of sanctions on Russia have substantially limited Russia’s capacity to sell crude oil. Crude oil prices have escalated significantly as a result of the country’s position as one of the world’s largest energy suppliers.

This is an abomination.

— Diego Pardo-Tihanyi, junior

For those at La Jolla High who drive to school, the skyrocketing gas prices have become an increasingly distressing issue. Junior Alizee Dodd says “it’s annoying having to spend near $100 to fill up a tank of gas, like that’s half of my paycheck right there.” Further, Junior Diego Pardo-Tihanyi says “this is an abomination.” 

With gas prices in our country being the highest since 2008, it’s almost unimaginable as to how much higher they can go. However, experts propose that they will only continue to climb, so it’s possible that this is just the beginning.