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Americans, Are You Enjoying All of That ‘Immediate Relief’ from High Gas Prices?

Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2021
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On November 24, one day after President Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.39.

Biden characterized the the release from the reserve as “a tool matched to today’s specific economic environment, where markets expect future oil prices to be lower than they are today, and helps provide relief to Americans immediately and bridge to that period of expected lower oil prices.”

This morning, more than a month after the announcement of the SPR release, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.28, according to the American Automobile Association. Eleven cents saved per gallon! That’s almost as much as the 16 cents the Biden administration saved Americans at their Independence Day cookouts.

By historical standards, that’s still pretty darn high. Since 2014, the average national price per gallon for all grades was below three dollars per gallon, sometimes much closer to two dollars per gallon.

Enjoy all of that immediate relief, Americans!

Reprinted with permission from – National Review – By Jim Geraghty

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Johnny Bad
Johnny Bad
2 years ago

Our government has turned it’s back on the American taxpayer in it’s quest for ABSOLUTE CONTROL, we must stop them. The threat of an upcoming civil war has tensions rising. The media has to tone down the rhetoric, and stop the a** kissing. Stop force feeding the population poisonous propaganda and allow truth and honor to prevail. Our elected officials have turned on us. We are American, let’s show the world just how we change things.

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Lets put this into a context most people can understand. At best, 50 million barrels of oil equates roughly to 3 days use of gasoline, diesel, heating oil and jet fuel is this country. That’s it. A statistical blip on the overall needs for the nation as a whole. Literally an inconsequential act done solely to give the POTUS some positive headlines for a few days and hopefully divert enough peoples’ attention away from the results of this administration’s disasterous energy policies to allow the administration to pivot to another subject. In short, a political stunt meant to fool the public nothing more.

The small decrease in the cost of gaslone recently is due primarily to the government hyping the Omnicron varient and several blue states instituting new mandates which are curtailing business across the entire economic spectrum. So gasoline prices at the pump are reflecting the lower demand due chiefly to less overall economic activity. Not because Biden released an insignificant amount of oil from the SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve).

When this latest hysteria recedes, the price of gasoline will resume its upward movement because demand will have been restored while bad energy policies remain firmly in place.

gunrunner
gunrunner
2 years ago

Want to help Americans? Open US oil fields! Reinstate the pipeline construction! STOP IMPORTING OL FROM THE MIDDLE EAST! Don’t import ANY oil from ANY OPEC nation! Put AMERICANS back to work! Oh, and when we DO open US oil fields, don’t allow ANY oil, or oil products, to be shipped out of the country! Sh*t, people, wake the “F” up, and smell the coffee…

Stuart J Somerville
Stuart J Somerville
2 years ago

Nothing has happened near me except that regular went down two cents about two weeks ago. Holding steady at $3.259.

Felix
Felix
2 years ago

I just dumped $40 into my gas tank, that’s more than it use to cost to take my wife out for a decent dinner in a nice restaurant. We had to cut back on our dining out, along with alot of other things we use to enjoy together. We’re retired, in our seventy’s, living on a very limited fixed income and are concerned, and protective of our nest egg and cash flow. While the resident in the white house and our “representatives” in congress care more for illegal immigrants, paying people able to work, not to work, than they do for the American people they are suppose to represent..I’ve been working and paying taxes since I was seventeen years old and never collected one penny of unemploment, and now in my “golden” years am not able to enjoy what few years I may have left. Thank you Joe, Kamala, Nancy, crying Chuck my Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, MSM, and all the non informed voters who keep voting for these self serving politicians in the DC Swamp’

Rik
Rik
2 years ago

Here in rainy Southern California, cheapest price per gallon is about $4.29.
Geez, thanks Jackass Joe! . . . When I first started driving in 1965, average price was 21 cents per gallon! Mom gave me advice to never pay more than 10 cents/lb. for bananas or watermelon. She also said we were Democrats because they protect the Middle Class! Today, because my mother’s family escaped Communist Russia, SHE WOULD NO LONGER BE A DEMOCRAT Because there is NO MIDDLE CLASS IN SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM!

capt_J
capt_J
2 years ago

They never seem to address the reason for the slight drop in gas prices—the release of the Petroleum Reserve. So, what’s going to happen to prices when our reserve is gone? What’s going to happen if China gets hard-nosed and starts a war? How about Russia’s attitude toward the Ukraine? Will our military have enough fuel without having to suck it up from the private sector?

We were energy independent under that Fascist, misogynist, racist, danger-to-Democracy-as-we-know-it, President (real one) Trump and now we’re screwed by a nutless,feckless, lame-brain who thinks that he’s really a president.

GKP
GKP
2 years ago

I would like to take the idiots in the White House and stick the zero savings where the sun does not shine// This has got to be the worst 12 months in PRESIDENTAL history and this bufoon Biden has got to be the WORST President who ever served/ Hope this garbage dump Biden gets locked up for TREASON //He has betrayed the USA on the Border/Afghanistan/Inflation/Covid/Schools/and Crime/It does not compare to anyone and I hope he gets his just due////

Anna Goforth
Anna Goforth
2 years ago

Not to mention that the bulk of those reserves were sold to India and China. America saw no benefit from their release. NOTHING the Democrats do benefit America, only foreign countries and the most violent and radical of Americans.

Jeanne
Jeanne
2 years ago

When will this destruction end and why is the baffoon still in office. Obviously he and his administration are all traitors. They have done nothing for Americans.

JudyG46
JudyG46
2 years ago

Whaat!?!?!?! Did I miss something?

Larry W.
Larry W.
2 years ago

The only “relief” you get is turning off the tv when Biden’s face comes on it..

Judy
Judy
2 years ago

I know there aren’t as many stupid people in my state as our Marxist Dictator thinks. When Trump was President, our gas at the pump was as low as $1.79 a gallon. I kid you not! Now since the ‘big steal’ the prices are at and past $4.00/gal. I believe the only reason they’re doing this is to prop up their electric car agenda. Very few people will be able to afford them. I never want to have to rely on public transportation again, especially in this day and age with our new lazy ‘I don’t care’ and me, me, me generation. I carry hand sanitizer just as a normal every day routine. Thank goodness, at least most retailers have access to the stuff too. What I have been seeing is quite a few people getting out of my state moving to ‘free’ states. My brother moved to Tennessee a month ago. Their gas there is like $2.35 or around there. Still cheaper by far than in Marxist states. I’m confused as to how so many mentally ill people have made it in government positions, not just in my state, but in our White House! I know they’ve been cheating since they instituted mail-in voting, but I just don’t get that they are so….well, just plain stupid! It’s at the point that they know everything they do is either hypocritical or stupid, THEY DON’T CARE! For every stupid idea they come up with they just keep throwing stuff at us so we don’t focus on it. We have to be smarter!! The thing is, at this point, getting out of here is the best thing we can do! There’s this one organization spearheading the idea of moving the border in Oregon to benefit Conservative rural areas. The result would be renaming Idaho to Greater Idaho. It was on our ballot last year. It’s going to be again. The problem with that is our mail-in voting and not enough Republicans with any backbone to ensure election integrity. I’m all for the Greater Idaho idea, but it wouldn’t, if at all, happen for nearly 4 or 5 years from now. I love my home, and don’t want to have to leave, but I can’t stand the Dictatorship here. We have a few months to get it figured out and to sell our beautiful home. Anyone wanting to move to rural Oregon, let me know, lol

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
2 years ago

These people are the worst excuse for a constitutional democratic republic ever conceived. If you submitted this as a movie script you’d be chased away and told it is more fictional than the Star Wars franchise. They are more inept at lying than the Soviets were. And they even tried to slip in a full-blown commie to be in charge of our money and banking/financial/business functions, ie nationalized. And only 5 of this that floats on swamp water publicly objected to her. You probably wouldn’t let me publish what I REALLY think of them.

B. Schmidt
B. Schmidt
2 years ago

WHAT “immediate relief?” Are they serious?

Laura L Palmer
Laura L Palmer
2 years ago

HMMMMM! I live in the Rochester, NY area and I’m paying more than the national average for sure! $3.50 per gallon yesterday. That hurts if you have to fill up too often. Being a Senior Citizen it is really hard on the pocketbook. Where did he lower the price of gasoline – in Delaware since he’s spending several days there? Why can’t this no-brain idiot and his entire cabinet (layovers from B.O. for the most part) be impeached and sent on their way? To China perhaps for all the money the Bidens have there? I hear he’s going to be on the TV and I go to the weather channel or old movies as I can’t stand to hear his bold-faced lies and stumblings. How the Dems could have been so stupid for electing him is beyond me – I guess they are brain-dead also.

Davkid Millikan
Davkid Millikan
2 years ago

Under PRESIDENT TRUMP we had PLENTY of FUEL and LOW COST PRODUCTS ESPECIALLY, FOOD. MORE JOBS THAN PEOPLE. The SUPPLY PORTS didn’t have the problem we have under DICTATOR Beijing biden.
Under PRESIDENT TRUMP we had LAW and ORDER with a SECURED BORDER.
Under DICTATOR Beijing biden EVERYBODY is BROKE and CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS VIOLATED EVERYDAY. While DICTATOR Beijing biden BOWS DOWN to TERRORIST, COMMUNIST China, Iran, Cartel’s, and TERRORIST antifa and TERRORIST blm while ALL Democrat States RELEASE MURDERERS, RAPIST, CHILD MOLESTERS, HOME INVADERS, and PROTECT

Walter
Walter
2 years ago

I agree with so many of you. Our Great country is being led by deep seated elite Communist Hypocrites. It is evident the compromise Uncle Joe has with China & Russia that perhaps those countries are really running America. It seems Biden is more concerned about them and Illegals then the American Legal tax paying Citizens. We have no leadership here! As far as Gas goes, the release from the Strategic Reserves will only go so far. Under Biden, I am certain the price will raise up again very soon. Who the heck voted for these Dem Communists? I do not feel like paying for their terrible mistakes, do you? I am however, in favor of putting all of our corrupt, traitorous governmental officials in Prison! By the way, my dad and uncle had a gas station in the 1960s early 1970 and I recall the price of gas Mobile ranged from 23-34 cents/gallon for premium and that was with full service. I recall the minimum wage in 1970 was about $1.60/hr. I also recall being caught up in the gas shortage lines in the early 1970s–odd/even license plates every other day with long, long lines. It does seem however like inflation is getting out of control. All this extra cost levied on us and yet Faucci will get $350K/yr for retirement + whatever other bennies all at our expense. And he is just one of them. Corruption at its finest here.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 years ago

Hopefuly somebody will bust a cap on the SOB. Kyle L>

Spade David
Spade David
2 years ago

The only relief that the country will have from higher gas prices is when our Congress and the executive administration start encouraging legislation to reward domestic producers of oil and natural gas products. That will not happen until these leftist Democrats are voted out of office. Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait for too many months for all of that to happen. In the meantime, many Americans will not be able to travel as far as in the recent past. They will have colder homes this winter and for several more winters because they will not be able to handle higher home heating bills. And you can bet that the leftist Democrats will be pushing for more give aways to help alleviate the problems that they brought on in the first place. This “green” life lie takes away from the economic health of the country, taxes our people to death, and takes the lifeblood out of those citizens who buried by the much higher costs of living. Thanks, O’Biden!

PattyAnn
PattyAnn
2 years ago

LIKE WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE GRATEFUL TO THIS MAN…COME ON FOLKS!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Paying 4.69 for gas cash, 4.79 credit Unocal, So CA

Centurion
Centurion
2 years ago

Immediate relief? Just another one of the demented one’s lies.

TOMASD
TOMASD
2 years ago

I live in the Southwest and our average in my area is $399 a gallon. It was just over $2.00 a gallon under Trump. WTF??? Relief? We’d do better with R.O.L.A.I.D.S. THE OLDER FOLKS WILL GET IT!

TOMASD
TOMASD
2 years ago

Has a anyone told the left side of the US that we were paying over a dollar less under President Trump? Oh yeah, we also were energy independent for the first time. Now, Joke Biden is negotiating with the Saudis and even Venezuela for the same oil we were producing cleanly in Canada for the US and Canada. Remember the Keystone Pipeline? It was super clean and safe for employees. Now, we are buying form people that beat women and murder gays and don’t allow different religions. Somone is getting a fatter bank account and it sure is not the average American.

David L
David L
2 years ago

I live in northern California. I paid $5.49/gallon. California is punishing its citizens with all it’s high taxes. When one political part is continually in power, it can do what it wants. That is what is happening in California.

Orville Figgs
Orville Figgs
2 years ago

Aren’t you glad Pedo Joey got elected and shut down all of those pipelines? And canceled all of those drilling permits.
Let’s Go Brandon!

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

We need to look at Biden’s bigger picture & agenda to go to all electric vehicles. Biden is starting this before we have a solid plan in place to accomplish this. What percent of the batteries are coming from China, does the USA have rare earth minerals to build these, where is electricity coming from to charge the batteries, Are batteries being recycled at current time or any plans to do this or —will this create another solid hazardous waste product in this nation. Be careful with this or we will end up one of the poorest nations in world & without vehicles for travel .

Dr.C
Dr.C
2 years ago

Did anyone expect that things would be better under Branden Joe the counterfeit robot acting as president while taking orders from his masters? We need relief from this mindless criminal regime that stole the presidency.

Granny26
Granny26
2 years ago

Ours is still $4 gallon and up….good old CA with our Nazi governor.

edward
edward
2 years ago

Yet there are still “useful idiots” that will vote for Biden and democrats

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

Joe Biden and his staff of fools caused the price of gas to go up. And they don’t care; they’ll blame someone else and their followers believe them. It’s crazy!

Curtis Martin
Curtis Martin
2 years ago

Gas prices continue to rise here in AZ. Prices increased from $2.30 in Jan 2020 to $3.70 or higher now. We haven’t seen any decrease in prices.

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

the Illinois suburbs pay $3.20 to $3.45 for low grade gas . We don’t drive to Chicago , but prices are much higher there .
Taxes on our gas . . .
Excise tax : 0.19 cents per gal.
Additional tax : 0.01 cents per gal .
Total : 0.20 cents
Illinois taxes on dIesel too . . . $0.23 cents
They also tax jet fuel, kerosene, LP, LNG, and of course natural gas.
Some of these taxes were supposed to pay for our road repairs . Who knows what they’re doing with the lottery, gambling, and marijuana taxes . Illinois ( where Obama , and Emanuel , and the Daleys’ are from) has been corrupt since I’ve been a little boy. All Democrats .Hmmmmmm . . . I can’t imagine what New York, & California are paying. I wish, and pray that Chicago residents will wake up one day, and vote for the right politicians. Happy New Year !

Robert Goodrich
Robert Goodrich
2 years ago

Try living on the left coast of communist california ,we pay 5.40 dollars for a gallon of diesel

RobinM
RobinM
2 years ago

Gasoline here in Oregon has continued to rise. Just this past week, gas prices rose from 3.83/gal to 3.95/gal. Some stations are over 4.00. If you use credit, gas is .15 higher per gal. Undoubtedly, state fuel taxes will increase effective 1/1/22. Who knows how high gas will be in 2 days.

Art
Art
2 years ago

I GOT BETTER AND FASTER RELIEF OF GAS FROM A PRODUCT CALLED “BEANO.”

Marie Langley
Marie Langley
2 years ago

Yes, this is all Trump’s fault right? Everything is Trump’s fault. Biden, be a man and own your mistakes and there are many!!!!! And for GOD’s sakes, stop wearing a freakin’ mask on a deserted beach like a fool.

Joanne 4 justice.
Joanne 4 justice.
2 years ago

What relief ???? -those living in the MAFIA Socialist dictatorship in CA, have no reprieve !!!!!!!

hlee21
hlee21
2 years ago

what happened to the better for America podcast

Lynn
Lynn
2 years ago

What relief? Only the Russians and OPEC got relief, not to mention other stupid and traitorous acts.

Jeanette
Jeanette
2 years ago

What relief? JB is out of touch with reality…wait: He’s always been out of touch with reality!

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

Biden is a moron. As well as his cronies. How much will it cost us to re supply the national reserves when we have to? Or don’t we care about that anymore since we are all going to electric vehicles, in about 20 years.

Steven H
Steven H
2 years ago

What reduction?

Joanne 4 justice.
Joanne 4 justice.
2 years ago

NO !my immediate relief would occur when this evil administration and COMRADES would be banished from America and government !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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