Kansas gasoline prices creeping upwards

July 11, 2019 - 5:12 am

Gas prices in Kansas are slowly increasing.  Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas says the average price this week is $2.50 a gallon, up 2 cents from a week ago.

“For perspective," said Steward, "one month ago, we were at $2.57 a gallon and a year ago at this time, the average in Kansas was $2.67.”

Though Kansas has the 11th cheapest gas in the country right now, Steward says there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to supply and demand.

“U.S.-China trade negotiations are still going on,” said Steward. “If those don’t go well, or we don’t seem closer to a deal, that could actually lower prices. Then, we also have the tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Middle East. As those increase, there could be concerns about supply from the Middle East, which could send prices upward.”

Steward says in the summertime prices tend to drift up, anyway.

“Nationally, prices are headed up, as well,” said Steward. “We’re up 2 cents a gallon on the national level. That is primarily due to rising gasoline demand. We’ve also seen 13 states this month introducing new gas taxes.”

Steward says it’s too early to tell if that taxation will have any effect on long-term demand either way.

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