Florida gas prices declined again last week, dropping to the lowest levels since February. The state average declined 9 cents last week, falling to $3.45 per gallon on Sunday, according to AAA data.
Gas prices are now on a 2-week streak of declines, falling a total of 17 cents. Despite a brief 9-cent uptick in late August, pump prices have largely declined throughout the summer.
Drivers are now paying $1.44 per gallon less than what they paid in mid-June. That amounts to an average savings of nearly $22 on a full tank of gas.
“The oil market finished flat last week, which should enable the state average to continue moving lower,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Unless fundamentals shift, Florida’s average gas price should fall into the $3.30s this week.”
But on Sunday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that Americans might pay more for gas this winter due to upcoming European Union (EU) sanctions on Russian oil.
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Yellen told CNN that there was a “risk” of gas prices spiking at the beginning of 2023 because the EU will no longer buy Russian oil at the end of 2022, meaning that global oil prices could rise and also hike gas prices.
Yellen added that the Group of Seven wealthy nations (G7) and the EU were working to place a price cap on Russian oil to prevent gas prices from getting too high.
“It is possible that it could cause a spike in oil prices,” Yellen said when asked about the potential of higher prices at the pump during the winter. “It’s a risk, and it’s a risk that we’re working on the price cap to try to address.”
The G7 announced plans on Sept. 2 to place a price cap on Russian crude oil and other fuel exports to further target the Russian economy and force the country to stop its invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies are hoping that the price cap will force Russia to sell its oil for a cut price or not sell it at all.
“In addition, they will ban the provision of services that enable Russia to ship oil by tanker,” Yellen stated. Yellen previously stated that the price cap and other measures that target Russia’s substantial oil profits would protect Americans from future price spikes and fight inflation, according to a Treasury Department press release.