Gas Prices Rising
On Tuesday afternoon, prices are up to $3.19 again at some stores in Columbia.
Coincidentally, Tuesday was the day many people were encouraged over the internet to protest big oil by not buying gasoline.
Lindsey Shipley lives in Ashland and commutes each day to Columbia. The spike in gas prices hits her hard.
"We try to cut back, but there's not much we can do," Shipley said. "It hurts, it really does."
For the first time in recent memory, mid-Missouri gas prices sit above the state and national averages. The Missouri average is $3.06 and nationally it is $3.08. Most Columbia gas stations on Tuesday charged $3.15 a gallon.
"Refining capacity is low, and demand is still really high," Seth Meyer, an agricultural economist, said.
For professional drivers like Dennis Thompson, the changes in price are easy to spot.
"Gas prices may vary 15 cents depending on where you're at and what time of day you stop," Thompson said.
This leads to a lot of frustrated customers.
"It costs $50 to $60 to fill my truck, and that's not even the whole thing," Shipley said.
Mike Wright a representative from the American Automobile Association, or AAA, said prices are soaring nationwide.
"Most states are seeing their all-time record high today," Wright said.
This does not provide much comfort for drivers.
"There's a lot of uncertainty out there," Meyer said.
"It's wiping a lot of my friends out," Thompson said.
Wright said Columbia won't be above the national average for long, but that's because the national average will be rising over the next few days, rather than Columbia prices falling.