The facts are indisputable.
According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in Rhode Island is currently $3.88. That's up 4 cents over last week's prices and a whopping 13 cents higher than it was just one month ago.
The price has actually soared to over $4 a gallon at some Newport County stations, with most area gas prices hovering around $3.99 per gallon for regular unleaded.
Just one year ago, Rhode Islanders were paying $3.74 gas up with that same gallon.
Over the border, Massachusetts residents are also paying more this week, where gasoline prices are also up 4 cents this week, according to AAA Southern New England.
Ask 10 different people to explain the cause of the off-season spike and you might get 10 different answers. Some have blamed OPEC, while others have blamed big oil companies. A recent rash of severe weather has been seen as a cause by some people, as have the energy polices and proposals of one political party or another. Still other people have blamed oil speculators on Wall Street.
But we want to know what YOU think. What do you believe is the cause for the recent spike in the cost of gasoline? Tell us in the comment section below!