Beggar nation

A surge of drivers from the United States eager to escape record high gasoline prices flooded gas stations near the border crossing Saturday.

Motorists with California plates moved steadily through service stations. [...]

Lopez estimated that demand was up 30 percent from an ordinary weekend.

Workers at the stations surveyed attributed the increase to motorists from the United States.

Mexican gasoline comes from Pemex, the national oil company, and is subsidized by the federal government.

Regular unleaded (87 octane) gasoline sells for $2.54 per gallon in the city, premium (91 octane) for $3.20 per gallon and diesel for $2.20 per gallon.

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