By Design, Seven-Dollar Gas Is Just Around the Corner
We’ve just passed Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, and most Americans have already begun to map out their vacation plans for this year.
After two summers lost to the Wuhan coronavirus there seems to be a widespread desire to make up for the lost time by packing the kids into the car and heading out for an adventure. [bold, links added]
Unfortunately, the price of gasoline figures to take up a significantly larger chunk of the vacation budget this year.
The Energy Information Administration’s average gas price tracker has been helpfully demonstrating the fact that, with more or less every update, we set a new record for prices at the pump.
These are almost unimaginable sums considering the fact that the price was $2.464 when Joe Biden took office.
And it’s going to get worse.
Both of those projections came out before the announcement that the European Union would ban Russian oil and gas imports by the end of 2022, which led to a significant increase in the per-barrel price of oil.
Which is to say, those might be underestimates. We could be close to $6 per gallon by the Fourth of July. Maybe by Labor Day, we’ll be nearing $7.
Speaking of Russia, Ed Morrisey deftly counters the ridiculous White House spin that this is a crisis of Putin’s making, saying:
“Gas prices have escalated by 91% under Joe Biden … so far. They went up 43% before Vladimir Putin began positioning troops around Ukraine, in fact.”
Indeed, we would have been well-positioned to step into the role of Europe’s preferred energy supplier, likely bringing about a Russian energy embargo much sooner and possibly preventing the war from dragging on as long as it has.
Luckily, Biden’s attempt to pass the buck doesn’t seem to be fooling anyone– a new poll by the Trafalgar Group found that 60 percent of Americans believe Biden’s policies are primarily to blame for our current economic woes.
That bodes well for the midterm elections and, if it holds, for the elections in 2024 [for the GOP].
Maybe those will lead to the types of policy changes that will turn this crisis around. Unfortunately, they won’t happen soon enough to keep gas prices from ruining our summer.
Read more at The Pipeline
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