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Gas Prices Surge Again As Supply Runs Low in Biden's Energy-Starved America

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As Townhall reported in the final weeks of September, the White House's braggadocios statements on falling gas prices — while conveniently omitting that the national average cost for a gallon of unleaded and diesel fuel had hit record highs on Biden's watch — abruptly came to an end because prices leveled out and began to show signs of increasing again. 

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Now, in the first week of October, the national average price for gas has turned around after hitting the apparent bottom of a dip in gas prices — still higher than when Biden took office — and are inching upward again as inflation in other economic sectors continues to accelerate as demonstrated by recent reads of the Consumer Price Index, Producer Price Index, and PCE Price Index. 

According to GasBuddy, "[f]or the second straight week, gas prices have headed higher, with the nation’s average gas price posting a rise of 11.1 cents from a week ago to $3.78 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million individual price reports covering over 150,000 stations nationwide," meaning the national average "is up 0.4 cents from a month ago and 59.8 cents higher than a year ago." How's that "Build Back Better" agenda going?

Rather than Biden and his party's feeble attempts to blame supposedly "greedy" corporations and Putin's invasion of Ukraine, GasBuddy's Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick De Haan points to fuel shortages and OPEC's pending decision on whether to cut production...two things that would have been non-issues if Biden hadn't killed America's energy independence:

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Some West Coast states saw prices rise 35 to 55 cents per gallon in the last week as refinery issues continued to impact gasoline supply, which fell to its lowest level in a decade in the region, causing prices to skyrocket. While I’m hopeful there will eventually be relief, prices could go a bit higher before cooling off. In addition, OPEC could decide to cut oil production by a million barrels as the global economy slows down, potentially creating a catalyst that could push gas prices up further.

AAA's price trackers noted a similar, slightly smaller, price increase in the average cost for fuel, writing that unleaded gas "maintained its recent surge, rising seven cents over the past week to hit $3.79" while attributing the resurgent prices to "tight supply and increased demand as more drivers fuel up."

Once again, if America had maintained its energy independence and if more distribution infrastructure was allowed to address shortages and other issues, prices would not have hit all-time-highs over the summer, nor would shortages be again driving up prices this fall. According to AAA — and considering what GasBuddy warned of with OPEC's potential cut in production — the current increase being seen in fuel prices is not going to subside if "demand remains robust as supply tightens."

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With gas inventory out West being at its lowest point in a decade, it's unlikely that Americans will see relief again soon. 

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