This would be shocking news had it been April 2009 last month. But it was April 2011 last month.
We've had two years of gas price changes over that time, changing week by week. Two years to adjust to changing gas prices. It's not a great shock like it's being made out to be.
When spread out across the month, it's about $10 or $15 more a tank, unless you drive an SUV or something, which is another sort of problem. If you fill up once a week, it works out to $1 or $2 more you're paying in gasoline per day.
But saying that gas costs $1.50 more per day isn't nearly as scandalous, since few people think twice about dropping $1.50 on a candy bar and cup of coffee from vending machines at work each day.