Drivers could pay 14% more for gas this summer


WASHINGTON (CNN) – It appears Americans will be paying more at the pump this summer.

The U.S. government estimates gas prices will be 14 percent higher than last summer.

That would make the average for a gallon of gas at about $2.74.

The price hikes are being blamed by the rise in global oil prices. Brent Crude is now more than $71 a barrel, its highest price in more than three years.

AAA says the average price for a gallon of gas currently stands at $2.66.

Those numbers are even higher along the West Coast. In California, the average gas price is $2.52 a gallon.

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