Gas prices set records for 2 weeks straight as Biden struggles to reassure America

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a speech during the state dinner hosted by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol at the National Museum of Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool / AP Newsroom)

Gas prices have hit record highs for two straight weeks while President Biden claims that the rise in prices is transitory toward a greener economy.

Biden made the claim during a press conference in Japan, where he insisted that his administration's actions helped keep gas prices "from getting worse." He continued by saying the US and the world are going through an "incredible transition" to green energy as the prices posted on gas station signs climb higher by the day.

"When it comes to the gas prices, we're going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over," Biden said.

Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told FOX Business that because "of the Biden Gas Hike, Americans are feeling the pain at the pump now more than ever."

"Paired with historic inflation and shortages for basic goods like baby formula, the rising cost of gas is the result of Joe Biden and Democrats’ anti-U.S. energy agenda," McDaniel continued. "Unfortunately, Biden only plans to make this crisis worse for families by not doing anything."

Gas prices, however, have broken records for two consecutive weeks, putting strain on Americans’ wallets and the economy as a whole.

Currently, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the new highest national average gas price ever recorded came on Monday, with regular unleaded fuel costing $4.596.

The national average for a gallon of gas was $4.59 on Friday, a slight increase from the day before and a new record high.

Thursday’s record was 16 cents higher than the week before, nearly 50 cents higher than the month before and $1.55 more compared to the same time last year.

All 50 states had a national retail price of over $4 a gallon on Thursday, according to AAA, with Oklahoma offering the cheapest gas at $4.03 a gallon and California offering the most expensive gas with an average of $6.06.

Tighter supply and increased demand have pushed gas prices higher, according to the association.

The economic impact of policies on voters’ wallets tends to impact their electoral decisions, especially when that impact affects them physically getting to their jobs.

The record-high gas prices will only serve to harm Democrats as they stare down a tough election year that analysts say, favor Republicans.

Additionally, the Biden administration’s messaging on the gas price crisis has drawn fire for encouraging people to buy pricey electric vehicles amid historic inflation.

That messaging illustrates an apparent disconnect between the White House’s policies and the facts of life facing Americans as warnings of a recession continue to brew.

High gas prices can also further push the U.S. toward an economic downturn, as higher fuel costs can impact every supply chain sector from farms to packaging plants to grocery stores.

Publish : 2022-05-24 13:34:00

Give Your Comments