AAA reported on Friday that the average price of regular gasoline across the U.S. is now $2.98 a gallon.  That's up 10 cents more than a week ago. The west coast is now paying an average of $3.21 a's $3.09 in New England, $3.05 in the mid Atlantic states, $2.98 around the Great Lakes and $2.82 in the southwest.  A dime more per gallon takes about $40 million more out of the driving public's pocket. Crude oil has climbed more than 5% in the last 10 days and last week topped $90 a barrel for the first time in two years. Critics point to relief from $4 gas was because the U.S. announced they were lifting moratoriums on exploration and drilling, and there is a growing sentiment to get President Obama to do the same.  He has recently clamped down on drilling in the Gulf and Atlantic and critics say that has meant higher gas prices.

*When President Obama took office 2 years ago, the price of gasoline was $1.81 a gallon
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