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The average price for regular unleaded gas today is $3.58 up nearly 9% since the beginning of this year, according to AAA.com.
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Whether Iran really can shut down the Strait is a big question. Jan
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"Closing the Strait of Hormuz -- that thing is...30 miles wide,"
Stuart says. "You need a gazillion boats to literally close it off. It
can't happen." (See: $100 Oil Is Here to Stay, but Iran Closing the Strait of Hormuz "Can't Happen": Stuart)
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