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Gas prices steadily rise, Biden takes fire
Biden has taken fire in a string of tweets and public comment from critics for his energy policies' role in the price increases.
Gas prices continue to rise this week in the U.S., hitting the highest level in months.
Now, the concerns and political ramifications for the Biden administration are starting to rise as well.
"Gas prices are rising," said economist Stephen Moore. "Joe Biden is doing nothing except push a crazy green agenda that will make prices even higher. "If America went back to Trump's energy policies, we'd be producing 2 million barrels more a day."
According to AAA, the average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.56, up from $3.49 a week ago and $3.41 a month ago.
Those energy price woes were exacerbated earlier this week when OPEC+ announced a significant cut in oil production, something likely to raise prices for American consumers.
"Saudis to cut oil production by 500,000 barrels per day," said Rep. Mayra Flores, R-Texas. "This will definitely impact our economy and gas prices. This is why it's so important to become and remain energy independent."
Americans are already paying much more for energy than when Biden took office. Gas prices hit record highs last summer, surpassing $5 per gallon nationally. Those prices afterward dipped, in part because Biden relied heavily on the Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves. Now, those reserves are at their lowest level since 1984, and Biden will have to use them more sparingly, if at all, to fend off future price increases.