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Louisiana Grapples with Soaring Gas Prices Amid Global Energy Uncertainty

Louisiana residents feeling the pinch as gasoline prices soar by 9 cents per gallon in just one week, the sharpest spike since October 2023.
Louisiana residents feeling the pinch as gasoline prices soar by 9 cents per gallon in just one week, the sharpest spike since October 2023.


Gasoline prices in Louisiana have surged by 9 cents per gallon over the past week, marking the highest increase since October 2023, according to recent data analysis.


The uptick in prices comes amidst ongoing efforts by several nations within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to continue cutting oil production. This move, as forecasted by the Energy Information Administration, is expected to drive world oil production below consumption levels in the first half of 2024, thereby exerting upward pressure on gasoline prices.


The global energy landscape has been further complicated by geopolitical tensions and conflicts. Ukraine's recent attacks on Russian oil refineries have disrupted production, contributing to supply constraints. Despite facing Western sanctions, Russia retains its position as one of the world's leading oil exporters.


On a more hopeful note, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated progress in peace talks between Israel and Hamas, raising prospects for a potential ceasefire. Should these negotiations succeed, there is a possibility of reduced hostilities in the Red Sea, potentially easing pressures on oil tanker routes and global supply chains.


Stacker's comprehensive analysis of gas prices in Louisiana as of March 22 reveals the following key statistics:

  • Current average gas price: $3.18 per gallon

  • Weekly change: Increase of $0.07 per gallon (+2.3%)

  • Year-over-year change: Increase of $0.11 per gallon (+3.6%)

  • Highest recorded gas price: $4.56 per gallon (June 15, 2022)


In addition, diesel prices in Louisiana have experienced a marginal increase, with the following figures reported:

  • Current average diesel price: $3.75 per gallon

  • Weekly change: Increase of $0.01 per gallon (+0.3%)

  • Year-over-year change: Decrease of $0.24 per gallon (-6.0%)

  • Highest recorded diesel price: $5.37 per gallon (June 21, 2022)


Examining specific metropolitan areas within Louisiana, Stacker's analysis highlights the following locales with the highest gas prices:

  1. Lafayette: $3.22 per gallon

  2. Hammond: $3.21 per gallon

  3. New Orleans: $3.20 per gallon

  4. Baton Rouge: $3.19 per gallon

  5. Houma-Thibodaux: $3.19 per gallon


In contrast, the following states nationwide report the highest and lowest average gas prices:

States with the highest gas prices:

  1. California: $4.97 per gallon

  2. Hawaii: $4.70 per gallon

  3. Washington: $4.39 per gallon


States with the lowest gas prices:

  1. Colorado: $3.08 per gallon

  2. Mississippi: $3.09 per gallon

  3. Kansas: $3.18 per gallon


As Louisiana residents navigate these fluctuations, the global energy landscape continues to evolve, driven by geopolitical dynamics and supply-demand imbalances.

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