The average price for regular self-serve gas in California rose to $4.68 per gallon on Monday, passing the all-time record of $4.67 set in 2012.
California’s average price per gallon is more than $1.25 higher than the national average, which is $3.41 as of this writing.
The county with the highest average is Mono, currently at $5.51 and Modoc recording the lowest average price at $3.99 per gallon.
Los Angeles County is about 3 cents away from reaching its all-time record, currently standing at an average of $4.67 per gallons and the record being $4.70 on Oct. 9, 2012.
Neighboring Orange County is a few cents from its all time high of $4.69 per gallon, also set on October 2012, and is currently sitting at $4.63 per gallon for regular gas.
“Today gas reached its highest price in California history,” California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley said of the price record. “This comes after Gavin Newsom said he had to raise the gas tax or we’d be getting a ‘free lunch.'”
In late 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to eliminate the production of gas-powered cars by 2035, calling it an effort to curb the “climate crisis.”
“Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state, and I would argue as a nation, for that matter from global a perspective, none is more impactful, none is more enforceable, than the issue of the climate crisis,” Newsom said after signing the executive order in September 2020. “That’s exactly what we’re advancing here today — a strategy to address that crisis head on.”