What goes down, must go up, particularly gas prices. The recent break we got at the pump has been going in reverse.
Prices have gone up 60 cents since the start of the year. A gallon now costs $3.475, according to GasBuddy.com.
The only good news: Prices have stabilized and, in some cases, dropped slightly since the upward jolt. Prices had been rising daily for more than a month. More good news: We're still ahead of the game. Prices are about 45 cents cheaper than a year ago.
However, our increase came even though worldwide oil production has remained stable. We got hit by other forces. An explosion halted production at one California refinery. And another stopped because of a labor rift. Plus, there was a full moon. Plus, spring training began. (The last two reasons — they are jokes ... We think ...)
All of which means you might want to start looking at hybrids or electric vehicles again.
Or maybe a bike. Or perhaps a good pair of walking shoes. Or move to Freemont County in Wyoming, where gas in $2.12 a gallon. Of course, one has to then live in Freemomt, Wyoming.