Rapidly Rising Gas Prices

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Texas gas prices at the pump are not only still climbing -- they're climbing faster.

The weekly Triple-A Texas gas price survey today says the average price of regular self-serve gasoline climbed 14 cents this week to two dollars 48 cents per gallon. That's 47 cents higher than this time a year ago.

The national average price climbed 12 cents from last week to two dollars 51 cents per gallon.

As in recent weeks, auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau blames the price spike on the seasonal refinery switchovers. She says refineries are switching from producing winter-grade fuel to producing cleaner-burning summer fuel. That -- she says -- slows refinery fuel production, lowers fuel inventories and drives up prices.

The most expensive gas is in Dallas, where the average price climbed 15 cents from last week to two dollars 52 cents per gallon. The biggest increase was in Galveston-Texas City, where the average price climbed 17 cents to two dollars 51 cents per gallon.

The cheapest gas is in San Antonio, where the average price climbed 12 cents to two dollars 39 cents per gallon.