The average price for a gallon of gas has risen 30 percent nationwide since November – from $ 2.20 to $ 2.85, according to AAA – and shows no signs of stopping, warns an expert.
The price topped $ 3 in nine states over the weekend, and some analysts believe $ 4-per-gallon gas is coming soon, The Washington Times reported on Sunday.
Supply and demand are the biggest factors in rising prices, such as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries announced it will keep the reductions in oil production for another month despite rising demand for fuel as the coronavirus pandemic eases around the world.
While high gas prices are not new, there is concern that prices could get astronomical if President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress make policies that will undermine the use of renewable energy.
Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment told The Times that liberal policies to combat climate change would be a missing political issue, but that could be a risk Democrats want.
“It’s also in the interest of their policy to have high fuel prices … to convince people to get off gas-powered cars and switch to electric vehicles,” Ebell said.
“They really want high gas prices, in a way, but they have to balance that against political damage when gas prices go up.”
OPEC’s decision to keep production cuts at the same level, along with Biden’s desire to switch the United States to alternative energy, is a disaster for American consumers.
– OPEC (@OPECSecretariat) March 13, 2021
Ebell’s assumptions are true in the sense that Americans feel the negative impact of paying more for gas, especially in the current economy.
Rising gas prices are a burden on frequent travelers because the sum to fill a gas tank increases rapidly.
Republicans will need to make energy costs a top campaign issue in 2022 and 2024 if these high prices continue, because voters are already tying Biden and the Democrats in the situation.
I’m just saying, I can drive more than $ 20 when Donald Trump is in office.
– Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) March 9, 2021
The president clarified by stopping federal leases for oil and gas production and revoking permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline that he wants to see the industry make significant changes.
The Keystone XL pipeline has brought jobs to our state. Those jobs were gone, destroying individual families and small businesses across South Dakota.
– Gov. Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) February 4, 2021
In addition, Biden re -entered the Paris Climate Agreement, which has a goal of net-zero carbon emissions in the United States by the year 2050.
Today, America is officially back to the Paris Climate Agreement. Let’s work
– President Biden (@POTUS) Feb. 19, 2021
It would not be accurate to blame alone Biden for price increases, but further actions against the U.S. oil and gas industry would be most questionable.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.