The Dept. of Energy said diesel rose 4.3 cents to $1.216 while gasoline jumped 7.9 cents to $1.223. However, diesel is down 19 cents from a year ago, and gasoline is down 18.9 cents.
According to the DOE, commercial petroleum inventories have fallen the past three weeks. That and fears that the U.S.-led war or terrorism will expand into Iraq and possibly disrupt supplies have been seen as the reasons for rising prices.
Diesel on the West Coast rose 7 cents to $1.327 and in California it was up 6.7 cents to $1.338. The Gulf Coast saw a 9.6 cent rise is gasoline price, followed by the West Coast, which had a 9.5 cent increase.