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San Diegans feel the pain at the pump as gas prices continue to soar

Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 09:44:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diegans are feeling the pain at the pump as they see gas prices continue to increase.

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

But in Southern California, gas customer Matthew Attl said you might as well add, "Paying the 'Benjamins' for gas."

"I mean, they're high right now, but what else can you do?" Attl said. "You just have to pay for it."

Going into fall, AAA says gas prices are supposed to dip as refineries switch to their cheaper winter blend.

But last weekend, two of Saudi Arabia's major oil facilities were destroyed by drone attacks, wiping out 5.7 million barrels of oil off the market per day. That is 6 percent of the entire world's oil supply.

The effects are already rippling across the globe.

The day before the Sept. 14 attacks, the price of one barrel of crude oil was $54.85. On Sept. 16, it jumped to $62.90.

That had a direct impact on prices at the pump, and it was a tough reality for Uber driver Yordanos Gebreyesus.

"The mileage that they pay, it's just not worth it," Gebreyesus said.

She drove into a Chevron gas station in downtown San Diego like she always does, but when she saw that prices were $4.09 for regular, she drove away.

"If you pay $4-something for gas, it's not worth it," Gebreyesus said. "So, I'm going to try to check by my house and then hopefully I will find cheaper."

Attl bit the bullet, paying $60 to fill up his sedan. Unless of course, he drops the 'Benjamins' for a new car.

"Time to get an electric vehicle, I guess," Attl joked. "I need to get a Tesla."

Experts said gas prices will continue to fluctuate until the global supply re-stabilizes.