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Gasoline Hits $6 a Gallon in Parts of Western Alaska

Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:19 AM

Gasoline prices have hit $6 a gallon in parts of Alaska, while on a state-wide level, Hawaii is home to the most pain at the pump, GasBuddy.com data reveals.

The stations charging such high prices are in Bethal, Alaska, which is west of Anchorage.

At Nicholsons Auto or at Northstar Gas, expect to fork out $6.34 a gallon, GasBuddy.com reports on its website.

More frugal motorists should fill up at the Quick Food Center, where prices are down to $6.33 a gallon.

They drop even lower to an absolute steal at $6.13 at the Crowley service station.

After that, prices in Alaska skip the entire $5-per gallon range and fall to $4.79 a gallon at the Shoreside Petroleum station in Cordova.

Regular gasoline prices in Alaska average $4.44 a gallon.

Hawaii, home to the highest national average at $4.45 a gallon, is reporting its highest price at $4.99 a gallon for regular unleaded at a Chevron in Princeville.

Wyoming is home to the cheapest regular-grade gasoline at an average of $3.43 a gallon.

Nationwide, prices are averaging around $3.85 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com's website, which updates data regularly.

Gasoline prices are on the rise due in part to tensions between the West and Iran over the latter's nuclear ambitions.

Iran has threatened to cut off supply, while fears are building that military strikes against key Iranian military and nuclear installations could result.

A recent poll shows that most Americans would support military action to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons even if it means higher fuel prices.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 56 percent of Americans would support U.S. military action against Iran if there were evidence of a nuclear weapon program, while 39 percent of Americans opposed military strikes.

The poll also finds that 75 percent of Republicans would support military action, followed by 51 percent of independents in favor while 46 percent of Democrats would agree to force.

"What we're seeing is kind of a general trend that we always see, that Republicans tend to be more hawkish than Democrats or independents," says Ipsos pollster Cliff Young, Reuters reports.

"Historically Republicans have been much more security-centric."

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