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[LOCATION: MULTIPLE LOCATIONS-FEBRUARY 22, 2013] [SOURCE: AP]

[NAT-BREAK]

OVER 30 DAYS OF RISING GAS PRICES ACROSS AMERICA

[SOT: RAYMOND CARBONE / PARAMOUNT OPTIONS]

"THIS YEAR, RECORD PRICES AT THIS TIME OF YEAR."

WITH A NEARLY 50 CENT INCREASE SINCE THE END OF JANUARY

[SOT: PATRICK DEHAAN / SENIOR PETROLEUM ANALYST / GASBUDDY.COM]

"WE ARE FORECASTING THAT THE NATIONAL AVERAGE MAY STOP SHORT OF 4 DOLLARS A GALLON. HOW LONG WILL WHAT'S GOING ON LAST?PERHAPS A FEW MORE DAYS OR A WEEK."

WE CAN ONLY HOPE

UNDERSTANDING SURGING GAS PRICES CAN BE AS FRUSTRATING AS SITTING IN TRAFFIC

[SOT: PATRICK DEHAAN / SENIOR PETROLEUM ANALYST / GASBUDDY.COM]

"YOU COULD BLAME POLICIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT, YOU COULD BLAME AMERICANS INSATIABLE DEMAND FOR GASOLINE, YOU COULD BLAME REFINERIES, OIL COMPANIES, ANYONE YOU SEEK TO BLAME."

EVEN THE GEO-POLITICAL CLIMATE.

WHICH IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, MIDDLE EAST DISTRESS AND THE EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO INCREASES, BUT THIS YEAR..

[SOT: RAYMOND CARBONE / PARAMOUNT OPTIONS]

"THE FEARS IN EUROPE ARE AT A LOW POINT AS FAR AS WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS."

SO, PERHAPS THE BLAME IS HOME GROWN THIS TIME?

[SOT: DON BRIGGS / PRESIDENT / LOUISIANA OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION]

"THE U.S. OIL INDUSTRY IS GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE DECREASED OUR IMPORTS FRoM 60 PERCENT DOWN TO 40 PERCENT."

THAT'S A GOOD THING, RIGHT? OR MAYBE THE GROWTH SPURT HAPPENED TO FAST AND THE MARKETS ARE MANIC...IN JUST THE LAST FEW YEARS AMERICA'S OIL PRODUCTION HAS CLIMBED FROM AROUND 5 MILLION BARRELS A DAY TO OVER 7 MILLION.

[SOT: RAYMOND CARBONE / PARAMOUNT OPTIONS]

"BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU KNOW, IT'S EARLIER THAN IT'S EVER BEEN AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE STUNNED BY THE PRICE MOVEMENT IN GASOLINE."

AND WITH A SLOWLY IMPROVING ECONOMY THE DEMAND FOR GASOLINE IS SLIGHTLY UP FROM LAST YEAR

[SOT: PATRICK DEHAAN / SENIOR PETROLEUM ANALYST / GASBUDDY.COM]

"AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM, AS THE ECONOMY IMPROVES GAS PRICES GENERALLY LIFT."

WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS BOOMING IN EARLY 2008 THE NATIONAL AVERAGE WAS AT A RECORD $4.12 A GALLON

A FEW MONTHS LATER THE ECONOMY TANKED AND

[SOT: PATRICK DEHAAN / SENIOR PETROLEUM ANALYST / GASBUDDY.COM]

"THE NATIONAL AVERAGE HAD FALLEN TO A $1.66."

A GENUINE CATCH 22

BUT, OTHER FORCES MAY ALSO BE CONTRIBUTING TO THE INCREASE

[SOT: RAYMOND CARBONE / PARAMOUNT OPTIONS]

"THERE HAVE BEEN A SERIES OF REFINERY OUTAGES THAT HAVE CAUSED TIGHTNESS IN THE MARKET, ALSO THE CONVERSION FROM WINTER TO SUMMER BLENDS SO NOT ALL OF THE GASOLINE IS BEING PRODUCED THAT COULD BE AT THE MOMENT."

FOR SOME INDUSTRY INSIDERS, THERE IS ONE SOLUTION TO PRICE STABILITY

"IF WE HAVE AN ENERGY POLICY, WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE, THAT WILL ALLOW US TO DRILL IN THE STATES IN AREAS THEN WE WILL SEE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN OUR ENERGY SECURITY."

THE REASONS FOR PAIN AT THE PUMP ARE COMPLEX, EVER-CHANGING AND GLOBAL. AND IT SEEMS RIGHT NOW, THERE IS NO QUICK FIX OR SOLUTION

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ROBERT RAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS