Americans are warned to budget for $5-A-GALLON gas as oil prices surge and US national average rises to $3.61 – up $1 from a year ago

Daily Mail

Americans can expect to see gas prices to rise to $5 a gallon in the coming weeks, as the cost of oil continues to rise in the days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, experts say – and some parts of California already are.

‘We’re getting closer to seeing our first ever major city gas price average reach $5/gal,’ Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, tweeted Monday, as the national average soared to $3.61, which has since spiked to $3.72 as of Thursday.

‘It will happen in the next couple weeks,’ the oil analyst asserted, listing cities hit the hardest by surging oil prices, such as San Francisco, which on Thursday saw its average surpass the $5 mark to hit $5.05 a gallon, and Los Angeles, which reached a similar $5.01.

The national average as of Thursday is $3.72 a gallon, up 37 cents from February and about a dollar from a year ago, AAA data shows. The increase for the year can also be attributed to inflation and supply chain issues, which were then exacerbated by the Russian invasion.

The current spike is unlikely to ease soon, says De Haan – whose department analyzes fuel prices for more than 150,000 gas stations in the U.S., Canada and Australia – as the conflict between Russia, one of the world’s major oil producers, and Ukraine intensifies.

‘For those who think this #gasprice spike is somehow unique to only the United States and that the prez is the one somehow deciding to raise prices, it is a *global* price spike because of loss of oil from a major producer,’ De Haan tweeted Thursday.

‘The prices are expected to continue to climb as the Russia situation further enhances, likely driving prices at the pump even higher.’

‘The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked high-level concern that oil production could eventually be stifled, or even sanctioned, from the world’s second-largest oil producer leading to less supply as demand grows,’ De Haan said Wednesday.

‘That possibility has pushed up the national average price of gasoline considerably in the last week, and the situation could worsen at any time, keeping gas prices elevated for the foreseeable future.’

However, in U.S. states with more costly fuel, such as California and Nevada, motorists are already are paying nearly $4.50 a gallon, data shows, and in some cases, more.

De Haan says that Americans will see the average rise to $4/gallon before the end of March – nearing the highest-ever recorded national average of $4.11, recorded in July 2008 during America’s Great Recession.

California currently sports the highest average gas prices of the 50 states, at $4.94 per gallon – 6 cents from the $5 threshold – followed by Hawaii at $4.63/gallon and Nevada, at $4.13.

Russia is a major energy producer, hence the swings in volatile energy prices, which are then compounded by the inevitable risks of a broader conflict, with more countries poised to enter the fray, to possibly bring on a full-scale war.

‘We think the Russia-Ukraine war will intensify global and U.S. inflation pressures by pushing up oil and gas prices,’ Brian Coulton, chief economist with credit rating agency Fitch, told CBS News this week.

Oil prices have rallied amid shipping and supply concerns spurred by Russia’s invasion, with both U.S. crude and Brent currently above $110 per barrel – their highest level since 2011.

And a recent round of sanctions by U.S. officials on Russia’s oil refining sector suggests that the country’s oil and gas exports – which have yet to be targeted by Washington – suggests barrel prices may continue to rise, spurring higher gas prices.

Russia, which has been leveled with sanctions by countries supporting Ukraine intended to hamper the nation’s economy, is the world’s third-largest oil producer and the largest exporter of oil to global markets, per the International Energy Agency.

9 thoughts on “Americans are warned to budget for $5-A-GALLON gas as oil prices surge and US national average rises to $3.61 – up $1 from a year ago

  1. What if we decided to say no ?
    And stayed home
    We already got forced into that by the EFIO over a lie
    Maybe this time we do it by choice to crush them

  2. Planet Poverty, their new little baby that they are nurturing into reality. None of those multi-millionaires and billionaires have to worry about BUDGETING!!! And speaking of such, where’s Fauci lately? Mr. 2021 has been missing in action. Probably worn out from too many back-door meetings.

    Making plans, they’re always making plans, how to rule us, control us, impoverish us, kill us. Keep raisin’ prices a*sholes and you’ll soon see who else has been making plans.


    1. Noticed that too did you? Now that the Pfizer info is circulating he’ll be the first one brought to trial…and executed for the crimes, with thousands and thousands to follow.


  3. Funny how Biden etc. shut off American gas production around the same time as buying gas from a country these psychos are claiming is the enemy, Russia…. Hmmmmmmmmmm……. And all you idiots waving Ukrainian flags or wearing blue and yellow pins while supporting “vaccine passports” and CRT, etc. paying 5 dollars per gallon…you deserve it! Deal with it!

      1. Ruskin…. Nukrainian!!! NOT MY FCKG PROBLEM!!! Remember watching “LOONEY TUNES” BUGS BUNNY DAFFY DUCK!!!! BUY WAR BONDS!!!!! LOLLL

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