Many southern states are paying around $3 a gallon at the pump, but a few western states, including Alaska, are averaging nearly $5 a gallon.
According to AAA, the national average Tuesday was $4.33 a gallon.
Federal data shows gas prices may have increased to a point that consumer demand has actually gone down.
After months of incremental bumps, a barrel of Alaska North Slope shot up to $125 last week. A day later, he said, the markets reconsidered, and it dropped to $110.
A group of Alaska state lawmakers delving into the issue of high gas prices are finding no quick or easy answers for trying to provide Alaskans with some relief at the pump.