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Utah nears all-time record for gallon of gas in state

Posted at 12:24 PM, Mar 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-09 19:32:17-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Sticker shock at the gas pump got a lot more serious Wednesday when the state neared an all-time record for a gallon of gas.

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According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas is now $4.19, coming close to breaking the previous mark of $4.22 set in July 2008. In less than 24 hours, the price jumped nearly 10 cents in the state.

Oil prices have soared in recent weeks amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The war involves two of the world's largest energy exporters, and talks of a NATO ban on Russian energy exports Monday sent the price per barrel to more than $130, the highest levels since 2008.

Other than the pump, other places will be impacted by the rapid price increases. Pride Transport is a transportation company that is feeling the pain.

"What it's also doing is, a lot of these fuel costs are being passed on to the shipper and then those are affecting everybody at the grocery store," said Rob Thimm with Pride Transport.

Right now, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 71% of goods in the United States are transported by truck, which totals out to about $10.4 trillion. And those fuel prices going up will impact every single truck on the road.

"I just want everybody’s lives to be better," said Thimm "Being a trucking company, we think of our truck drivers first. As far as everybody else, in our community, I think it starts at the bottom level and works its way up."

It could be worse, gas in Utah is still comparatively lower than other places around the country.

FOX 13's Dani Ruberti takes a look at Utah's skyrocketing gas prices below

Taking a look at Utah's skyrocketing gas prices