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'Putin's Price Hike'? US National Gas Prices Officially Double Since Biden Took Office

Gas prices began to climb soon after the 2020 election, with President Joe Biden blaming Covid, and then Vladimir Putin, and insisting that his administration's policies had nothing to do with the situation. The Russian president dismissed Biden's claims, saying Western ruling elites' greed, "mistakes, myopia and ambitions" were responsible.

The national average price of a gallon of gasoline has officially more than doubled under President Biden, climbing from $2.39 a gallon on 20 January 2021 to $4.81 a gallon as of Saturday, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has reported.

According to the AAA's national stats, Californians are paying the most, with the state's retail price averaging $6.29 a gallon. Meanwhile, observers in northern California outside San Francisco spotted prices as high as a whopping $9.60 a gallon for regular on Friday afternoon. Georgia enjoys the lowest average prices in the union, with its residents paying $4.25 per gallon on average.

For perspective, the Ford F-150, America's best-selling vehicle, has a 23-gallon fuel tank, meaning that someone who owns one in California would have to spend nearly $145 to fill 'er-up. Georgian F-150 owners, meanwhile, would have to fork out about $97.75.

Gas prices unexpectedly became a top concern for the Biden administration amid the looming November midterms, with the White House tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve this week and expressing support for an OPEC move to boost global output after spending months trying to blame forces outside its ability to control and foreign governments.

Republicans place the blame squarely at the feet of Biden and the Democrats, suggesting that the ruling party's federal spending programmes and ill-considered push away from hydrocarbons toward renewable energy were responsible.

"Joe Biden's war on American energy has forced families across the country to empty their wallets to fill their tanks," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. "Unfortunately, Biden is doubling down on his disastrous agenda because he's not the one paying the price - the American people are."

Biden Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre deflected the administration's responsibility in a briefing on Tuesday, blaming a resurgent pandemic and Putin. "This - when we talk about the gas prices right now, this is indeed Putin's gas hike. This is what we have seen in the most recent months of what we've seen at the gas pump. And so, that is a fact," she said.

The Russian president addressed attempts by Biden and other Western leaders to blame him and Moscow for the inflation, food and fuel crunch facing the US and its European allies. "The truth is that the current problems that millions of people in the West face are the result of many actions by the ruling elites of their states, their mistakes, myopia and ambitions. These elites are not thinking about how to improve the lives of their citizens. They are obsessed with their own selfish interests and surplus profits," Putin said in a briefing back in March.

[Source: By Ilya Tsukanov, Sputnik, Moscow, 04Jun22]

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