WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Falling demand, advancements in automotive efficiency and increased domestic production have caused drops in gas prices around the United States, with parts of the country paying less than $2.00 per gallon.
Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia all have fueling stations selling gas for under $2 per gallon, while Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio each have at least one pump selling gas for less than $1.90.
"By [Monday] more stations in the U.S. will be charging under $2.50 per gallon than over, a remarkable milestone," Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com, told the media.
"In fact, as of Sunday evening, the number of states that saw at least one station at $1.99 or less had jumped to thirteen from just three a week ago ... As of midday Sunday, all 48 lower U.S. states saw averages under $3 a gallon, with New York being the last of the lower 48 to join. Motorists are saving $270 million dollars every day versus pump prices a year ago."
The nationwide average for gas is $2.55 per gallon.
"But I could see crude going down to $35 or $40 a barrel by next year if OPEC doesn't do something to get prices up. If that happens, $2 gas will be common in a lot of places."