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Syria or Labor Day? Gas prices jump again across Branch County

UNDATED (WTVB) - The President is weighing a proper response to the use of chemical warfare in Syria, and planning to brief Congress today. The crisis in Syria will hit you in the pocketbook the next time you drive up to a gas pump. Gas prices jumped up yesterday afternoon about 20-cents per gallon at many stations in Branch County and nationwide.

Skeptics say they were going to spike the prices anyway because of the Labor Day weekend. However, Patrick DeHaan at Gasbuddy.com says it’s not true. He says with the price of crude oil going up and basically the price of raw ingredients going up, gasoline prices are going to go up and it really has nothing to do with the holiday. Syria doesn’t produce a lot of oil, but he says when you threaten to lob cruise missiles into a country, it can destabilize whole regions. Syria is very close to Iraq and other oil producing countries and no one knows what they’ll do. He says he expects prices to slowly fall a few cents over the weekend, and then could jump up again next Tuesday.

Today, a lot of stations in the area are selling self-serve regular for $3.80 a gallon.