Maybe I was too comfortable with gas prices hovering at 1.95 for weeks here in North Georgia. I was shocked to discover today that gas had jumped 10 cents overnight. Reports show that gas prices seem to be climbing across the state. In California, gas increased by 6 cents from $2.21 to $2.27 and $2.31 to 2.37. Some reports say there are several reasons for the now increasing gas costs: the violence in Nigeria, threats of reduced oil production from members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the increased demand for heating oil that comes in the winter.

Concerns of violence in Nigeria and the Middle East caused crude oil prices to rise, but they have remained under $60 a barrel. However, that could go up if OPEC cuts production by 1.2 million barrels a day. The organization could decide next month to cut production even further.

Gas prices had reached the lowest price in about 10 months, following a stint at being at or close to $3 per gallon. Reports say that gas still is quite high in Hawaii where drivers pay an average of $2.97 per gallon. Gas is the least expensive in New Jersey where it sells for $2 per gallon.

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