Gas prices hit a new high on Thursday as Americans continue to battle rising prices across the board, while the Biden administration continues to abide by the stance that Russia — not Israel’s policies administration – is responsible for the price increase.
The national gasoline price average hit $4.60 on Thursday, reflecting an increase of nearly 47 cents last month. For greater perspective, the national gas price average was $3.035 a year ago.
But currently, the middle level is approaching the $5.00 mark, with the national average standing at $4.979. The premium is now $5,267 and the national average diesel price is $5,538. This is slightly below the all-time high recorded on May 18 – $5.577.
Several states are experiencing prices above the national average. These states include Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and California, the last of which has the highest gas price average in the country – $6,070.
Industry experts only expect the situation to get worse during the “cruel summer”. predict average gas prices well above $6.00 per gallon.
Recent surveys indicate that Americans are struggling to balance rising prices across the board. A Quinnipiac Inquiry published by the end of March, more than a third of Americans were cutting back on grocery shopping to afford gas. At the time, the national average gas price found at $4,225. At that time, Biden was still blaming Russia for the price hike.
“Russia is responsible,” he said, although he did not explain why prices were on the rise before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm also maintained that narrative about rising energy prices, telling lawmakers last week that “you can thank Vladimir Putin’s activity for invading Ukraine.”