CHARLOTTE - Political unrest in Venezuela is driving up the cost of gas in the U.S.
In the past two weeks, the average cost of a gallon of gas increased 12 cents to $3.41.
The violence is slowing production of petroleum in Venezuela. Experts expect prices to keep rising. However, the cost of a gallon of gas is 38 cents lower than this time last year.
In Charlotte, the average gallon of gas costs $3.31. Statewide prices are a few cents more. In South Carolina drivers are paying close to $3.14 for a gallon of gas.
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