Usually, we see gas prices rise a few cents every other day so it sneaks up on you and you won't notice. At least that's why I think they do it. But have you noticed the incredible jump in gas prices since the big snowstorm?

I understand that supply vehicles like fuel trucks are having issues getting over the passes right now, but it will only be a day or two and everything will be open. How can this jump be so quick and severe? I'm talking about 20 to 30 cents per gallon almost overnight!

I realize that the "Let's Go Brandon" guy is not helping the situation, but we were down to as low as $3.39 at some stations in the Tri-Cities last week. Suddenly I'm seeing stations at $3.69!  I had 3/4 of a tank, and still filled up yesterday morning because I know it's just going to keep going up until further notice.

My internet search did not reveal much as far as why the sudden spike happened. The usual reasons that gas prices increase are things like the price of crude, the price of gasoline additives, political unrest in oil-producing countries, and the seasonal shift in gasoline blends. But I don't think too many of those are a real factor in this unusually high increase.

And if there is political unrest in oil-producing countries that I am unaware of, aside from the usual bullsh!t those countries are famous for, maybe we could drill and use oil from the United States? What do you think Brandon? Either that or just send me and every other American driver $70,000 so we can buy electric cars.

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