In direct contradiction with President Joe Biden’s recent comments, the average price of gas in America – including Alaska – is actually going back up.
Last Friday, Biden boasted on live television about a three-month decline in gas prices.
“Guess what? Gas prices are down, $1.30 a gallon,” Biden said. “And in 41 states plus the District of Columbia, the average gasoline price is less than $2.99.”
In fact, there are no states with an average gas price under $2.99 a gallon. In reality, 41 states and District of Columbia have an average gas price of under $3.99 a gallon, not $2.99.
But the price is also trending in the wrong direction.
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Alaska’s current average (as of 9/28/22) is $5.005. That’s up from $4.883 yesterday, $4.804 the day before and $4.636 a week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.694 in Alaska.
Gas prices have similarly ticked up all across the nation in recent days. The current average is $3.765. Again, that is up from $3.747 yesterday, $3.725 a day before and $3.674 a week ago. A year ago, the average price in America was $3.189 a gallon.
With the midterms just a few weeks away, rising pump prices do not bode well for Biden’s Democratic Party’s electoral hopes.
Biden has attempted to blame gas prices on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other global factors, but the reality is that the president has contributed to the price increases as well. His administration’s move to limit domestic production by halting permits and leasing for oil and gas drilling, while blocking drilling in Alaska are contributing factors. Similarly, he has implemented an array of regulations on the energy sector, and has increased rhetoric against fossil fuel use and production.