Gas prices rise one cent nationally

Gas prices ticked upward nationwide and in the D.C. metro area again this week as the oil industry awaits news on the United States debt situation.

The price of a gallon of gas went up a penny to $3.71 this week nationwide; in the D.C. metro area, prices went up by one cent as well to $3.74, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

However, in the District of Columbia, the average price at the pump actually went down a cent to $3.90.

Experts warn that a debt default could cause oil and gas prices to rise even more. Nationally, prices are up 17 cents per gallon from where they were at this time last month.