UTICA, N.Y. - If you've had to fill up over the past couple of weeks, you have to have felt the pain, like all Americans.
The price of gas here in New York State alone has risen more than 7 cents, each of the past two weeks.
According to AAA the average price in New York is $3.44 per gallon.
Utica College senior L.J. Nuzzo from Plattsburgh says the price seems to just keep going up week after week, "They just go up a cent, every single day it goes up, steadily increasing. Last year was $2 dollars and now it's $3.40, I think it's ridiculous."
We caught up with Arely Harrison of Utica as she was riding her bike on Lafayette Street in Utica on Monday. She's very happy the weather has been so good for so long this fall as she continues to ride her bike to get from place to place, "It is expensive, very expensive and I think that by riding a bike you save money, a lot of money."
Patti Artessa, regional director of public affairs for AAA in Utica, says gas prices are the talk of the town all across the country within AAA, "What they're saying right now, and we just had a meeting in regarding this this morning all of AAA because again we're seeing such a high increase. They are saying that it's tied to the increasing demands, the prospect of a very cold winter."
Many, including President Biden, are pointing toward OPEC as the main cause.
OPEC decreased production last year due to the pandemic and hasn't increased production now since demand is higher.
Gas experts with GasBuddy.com say until several bottlenecks ease, including the supply chain and low global inventories of oil, natural gas and coal, we are going to see this upward trend at the pump continue into the weeks ahead with no relief in sight.