Summary: Gasoline prices have pushed past $3 a gallon in parts of California with no letup in sight. Over the last week, average pump prices jumped at least a dime a gallon in much of the nation, the Energy Department said Monday.

Fuel experts blamed the multi-week surge on refinery and pipeline problems, strong oil prices, unusually high driver demand and the tricky annual change to less-polluting summer gasoline.

"This is very bad," said Kevin Kiroub as he pumped $2.899-a-gallon gasoline into a custom Chevy Silverado 2500HD pickup truck at a Chevron station just west of downtown Los Angeles. Kiroub owns Iceberg Heating & Air Conditioning in Sunland, and he really racks up the miles on the truck, which runs on a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that generates 353 horsepower.

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