Gas Prices Soar to Record High for 9th Consecutive Day During Joe Biden’s War on American Energy

Gas prices are seen in front of a billboard advertising HBO's Last Week Tonight in Los Angeles, Monday, March 7, 2022. The price of regular gasoline broke $4 per gallon on average across the U.S. on Sunday for the first time since 2008.
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Gas prices soared to a record high on Monday for the ninth consecutive day during President Joe Biden’s war on American energy, according to AAA data.

The average price of a gallon of gas is $4.86, up 25 cents from last Monday. Last month, gas prices were $4.27, nearly 60 cents less expensive.

Gas prices are so high — with expectations they will increase — that Biden has planned to visit Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia in July. During that trip, the president is expected to ask the crown prince to pump more oil while Biden continues his war on American energy. But the “president’s trip to Saudi Arabia is unlikely to reduce oil and gasoline prices, and it is not clear that anything else he might do would work, either,” the New York Times reported.

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In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Prince Mohammed bin Salman waits for Gulf Arab leaders ahead of the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council summit, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Saudi.  (Hassan Ammar, File/AP)

Biden has devised another plan. Instead of ending his war on American energy, which includes driving up private and public financing costs of oil drilling, halting drilling on public lands, and canceling the Keystone pipeline, Biden is expected to announce on Monday new executive actions on producing renewable energies. According to Reuters, Biden will “bridge a solar panel supply gap and kickstart stalled U.S. projects after an investigation froze imports from key foreign suppliers.”

President Joe Biden’s administration ceased all oil and gas leases to Alaska’s Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico as of the night of Wednesday, May 11. (iStock, Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images, BNN Edit)

Throughout Biden’s presidency, he has pushed for green energy instead of fossil fuels. In April, Biden suggested Americans could save money by purchasing an electric vehicle. “Under my plan, which is before the Congress now, we can take advantage of the next generation of electric vehicles,” he said. “A typical driver will save about $80 a month from not having to pay gas at the pump.”

Gas prices are not expected to lessen in the near future. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told reporters on Thursday that Americans will have to pay at least four dollars a gallon for the foreseeable future. “The price of gas is likely to remain above $4 per gallon,” she estimated, based on Department of Energy data.

According to an ABC News poll, Biden’s approval rating on soaring gas prices is 27 percent.

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, this article incorrectly identified the current streak of rising gas prices as only the eight consecutive day of increase. It has since been corrected.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter and Gettr @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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