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Gas prices have now reached their highest levels since October 2014. According to the American Automobile Association, the country’s average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.274 as of October 11.

Even more bad news, prices will continue to go up as the energy crisis worsens.   

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The world’s demand for energy is now back to pre-pandemic levels. However, supply has yet to return to the same levels. From a low of negative $40 per barrel, US oil prices are now above $80.

West Texas Intermediate gained 1.5% to close Monday at $80.52. The last time prices broke the $80 barrier was seven years ago. 

As a result of spiraling oil prices, gas is closely following suit. Traditionally, October is one of the months that gas prices cool down. However, the current energy crisis is causing the opposite effect.

The AAA reported that as of October 11, the average price of gasoline in the USA is $3.27. This comes between a high of $4.44 in California and a low of $2.90 in Texas.

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Gas prices were up by 7 cents compared to last week. Compared to April 2020 where a gallon averaged $1.77, gas prices are now nearly double. 

Why Are Gas Prices So High Right Now?

The world’s energy crisis continues with higher than expected increases in natural gas and an incoming cold season. In Europe, natural gas is trading at the equivalent of $230 per barrel in oil terms.

This is higher by 130% since September and eight times higher compared to last year. For East Asia, the numbers are slightly lower but still represent a potential sticker shock for consumers.

Natural gas is trading at $204 per barrel in oil terms. While prices remain much lower in the United States, they did shoot up to their highest rates in 13 years. 

The reason for spiking natural gas prices is the depleted stocks of European producers due to an extra-long winter earlier this year. In addition, rising demand as many manufacturers began reopening is impeding restocking efforts.

While governments are trying their best to absorb the impact, many acknowledge that they won’t be able to prevent the rise of home energy bills. Natural gas prices are spiking even higher than oil in Europe and Asia.

Many power plants are now thinking about what was unthinkable before. They might resort to using a less expensive source of energy: crude oil. 

OPEC Keeping Supply Low As Demand Goes Up

Even as many countries reopen their economies and drive demand for fuel, supplies are still lagging behind. At the same time, US oil production remains hampered by a combination of Hurricane Ida and COVID-19 surges.

In addition, both US oil producers and OPEC remain wary of increasing oil production. They are afraid of flooding the market again and losing out if demand dries up due to new outbreaks. 

For now, energy companies would rather keep prices high and reward shareholders than increase production. This is why despite calls from the White House and other oil-hungry countries like India, OPEC is taking its time. For now, they seem content to let oil prices stay on the high-demand side. 

Gas Prices Will Continue To Go Up

Unfortunately, gas prices will only keep rising, at least until the rest of the year. On Monday, Citigroup predicted that Brent oil will hit $85 a barrel for the fourth quarter. Brent, the world benchmark for oil, is currently at $83.82.

The bank cited “price contagion this winter” and the expected switching of power plants away from sky-high natural gas to oil. In addition, Citi believes that very cold and long winter in Europe could cause the quotient to run out of energy stocks by February. 

As a result, demand for oil will continue. For the US, this means high gas prices will only get higher. Even worse, it will further hurt the current inflation woes the country is experiencing.

Expect tighter budgets for American households and a continuation in the drop of President Joe Biden’s administration’s popularity. 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  • Robert Kulak says:

    Thanks Demorats and biden for screwing up ate ecomany let Republicans handle this along wit President Trump

  • Matt H says:

    Agreed

  • BBA says:

    This is only the first year of this idiot illegitimate Administration and things are this bad. Just think of what 4 years of this bs is going to look like. At least we will have the message boards like this one to b!tch-&-moan about how we lost the country since we are too cowardly and lazy to stop the downfall of this once great Republic!!!

  • Ali says:

    And Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline means natural gas from Canada has to compete for rail space with oil and gas, which is increasing both the demand and cost for transporting it by rail.

  • silverback says:

    Of course, “Build OPEC back better!” Oil passed $82.00 a barrel yesterday! Biden, “Promises made, promises forgotten!”

  • mark says:

    Just remember under President Trump’s energy policies, the country was energy independent for the first time in 75 years. Gas prices were headed to some of the lowest prices in the last 40 years.
    The Biden administration destroyed all of that and more in 7 months.

  • JOHN B ROGERS says:

    BIDEN AND OBAMA AND WHOEVER IS PULLING BIDENS STRINGS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THIS TURMOIL IN THE USA THEY NEED TO OPEN THE PIPELINE FROM CANADA BACK UP AND GET THESE PRICES DOWN. BIDEN AND OBAMA DESERVE THE ELECTRIC CHAIR FOR GLOBAL GENECIDE THEY MURDERED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE JUST TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE USA AND THE PEOPLE. AND FOR THEIR SOCIALIST AGENDA. SOCIALISM DOESNT WORK. IT NEVER HAS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Penmiester says:

    To answer this poll’s question about the household budget, we are reducing our budget for gasoline, combine trips and walk more.
    This knucklehead administration under Obama kabal, pelosi and her ilk are responsible. As one of the other contributors stated, we as a nation were independent of OPEC and enjoyed the lowest energy costs in 40 years. They all should be impeached and fined until their toes curl.

  • Buck Forest. says:

    The high gas prices will do every thing the Vaccine is meant to do.Control people with fear of lost jobs,food,medical supplies,Crime,starvation,and homelessness.Welcome to the NEW WORLD ORDER !

  • Davic says:

    democrat = regressive, lying, corrupt/criminal, useless, godless, BABY KILLERS, radical socialist/communist/marxists craving total absolute raw POWER to CONTROL everybody and everything to ENRICH themselves and FORCE their evil ANTI-CHRISTIAN lifestyle agenda on children and society. Yes, the USA is divided, good will not unite with evil and right will not unite with wrong!

  • Marvin Fell says:

    Biden and his Moron administration teammates are responsible for the entire collapse of the Nation’s economy. They shut down our pipeline to make deals with OPEC and line their own pockets, costing thousands of American jobs. Now, China is holding the US hostage to their deals, which why we can’t get cars built and other products manufactured. Lazy people are being paid to not work, and they wonder why our country has gone down the toilet? That’s not what was meant by “America, the land of the Free!” Impeach Biden, and get rid of Pelosi, Schirmer, Schiff and all of the other idiots in DC. Then bring back Trump to fix it all again!

  • Rich A. says:

    Now that I’m retired I don’t have to put in the mileage I used to, to get back and forth from work. I used to average a tank a work week, now it’s more like a tank a month. Still, I don’t like paying the high gas prices, so, our grocery store sponsors a “Gas Miles” discount. For every $100 I spend in groceries I get $.10 off per gallon of gas. I wait and accumulate $1.00 per gallon (the max I can accumulate) then gas up BOTH cars at the same time. You’re gonna eat so why not take advantage of “senior” discounts and gas discounts?

  • Richard K Saunders says:

    The only crisis we have is setting in the White House.

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