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AAA: Declining Gas Prices Stemmed by Syrian Conflict
AAA: Declining Gas Prices Stemmed by Syrian Conflict

The debate over whether the U.S. will take military action in Syria is affecting gasoline prices in Illinois.

The statewide average is $3.76, according to the Triple-A Fuel Gauge Report, down three cents from a month ago. But Triple-A spokesman Beth Mosher says the saber-rattling about Syria is having an effect in recent days.

“Even though the price right now is $3.76 and it’s down from a month ago and also considerably down from a year ago, it is up from a week ago, and that’s probably the real story here, that prices are rising when they should be falling,” she said.

Syria is not a large oil producer, but Mosher says political tension in the Middle East always affects oil prices. She says barring a crisis in Syria, and any hurricanes that disrupt the oil supply from the Gulf of Mexico, the retail price of gas here should start to drop in mid- to late September.

The price of gas here last year at this time was $4.12.