Retail gas prices continue to climb despite supply glut and reduced Middle East tensions. Retail gas prices continue to rise everywhere in the U.S. In spit of declining oil prices, mounting optimism about Middle East issues, and U.S fuel supplies have not been so good in 17 years. California price per gallon raised another 0.9 cents overnight to $3.426, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. Gas prices are raping Americans. Americans are wondering why prices are soaring at the pump when U.S Supply has not been so prevalent since 1993. High gas prices affect retail sales, retail jobs, and retail business and just about anything you can think of, for that matter.