Feeling the gas price blues: ‘The same thing happened last year,’ Urdi says

It’s not just Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra that are feeling the hurt of retail gasoline prices.

It’s the whole state, and the whole country.
But Mammoth Tourism Director John Urdi said that’s not an entirely bad thing.
“We‘re still a tank away from a lot of big markets,” he said. “Even if prices rise to an extra 50 bucks a tank, it’s not going to stop [people] from coming here. I don’t think 50 bucks a tank will hurt us.
“The same thing happened last year. A lot of people are not going to go to Hawaii or anywhere else in the country.”
In California, gas prices have risen 16.5 cents per gallon in the past week alone, averaging $4.06 per gallon as of Wednesday.
This compares with the national average that has increased 5.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53 per gallon, according to the gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in California during the past week, prices yesterday were 50.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 36.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. 
The national average has increased 18.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
"Gasoline prices have perked up a bit in the last week," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. 
"As we continue to move toward warmer weather, gasoline prices will follow, with prices accelerating higher at a faster pace come late March into April,” DeHaan said.
“If motorists think this is bad, they should really hold on to their chairs.”