One 76 Gas Station in Auburn, Washington, has reportedly reprogrammed its gasoline pumps so that they “make room” for gas at upwards of $10 per gallon. This follows a trend of rising gas prices to new record highs. On Thursday, national gasoline prices hit record levels for the 10th day in a row. The price was $4.58 per gallon, according to AAA (American Automobile Association). This is nearly $1.50 more than the average price a year ago, which was $3.04 per gallon.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday that President Joe Biden “understands what the American people is going through,” as gas prices reach records, yet many are blaming the president for the drastic rise in prices.
The American Petroleum Institute’s senior vice president, Frank Macchiarola, attributes increased gas prices to Biden's poor management of the U.S. oil supply. Macchiarola said that it's becoming the norm that the administration talks about the demand for more supply but takes action to restrict it. As geopolitical instability and the global price of energy remain on the rise, “we insist on the administration to stop the uncertainty immediately and take action on a five-year plan that will allow federal leasing offshore.”
The price of gas has been rising continuously since the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Biden announced a “war on oil” that included stopping key pipelines such as the Keystone XL and Enbridge Line 5. Recently, Biden canceled three oil and gas leases near the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Joe Biden just canceled a 1-million-plus acre oil lease in Alaska,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted. “It's like they're intentionally trying to have high gas prices.”
But Biden has not taken any responsibility for the hike in the cost of gas, instead blaming it on Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine. Biden has referred to it as “Putin's price hike.”
The gas station has had its pumps reprogrammed, and the current trends suggest that prices for gas aren't coming down anytime soon. The 76 Gas Station reportedly did not say if they expected gas prices to increase above 10 cents per gallon. A spokesperson for 76 told the Post Millennial that the double-digit reprogramming may have to do with the fact that the station is offering racing fuel that is higher in price than regular gasoline. Although the store sells racing fuel, the 76 Gas Station sells that kind of fuel through pumps that are not connected to those that offer standard gasoline options. However, the price reprogramming process was used on all pumps in the station.
The price reprogramming is also happening as gas stations in the eastern part of Washington are unable to fill up with gas completely. Customers reported arriving at gas stations only to discover signs that indicated the gas station was running out of fuel. Additionally, some gas stations only offer diesel fuel, with a nationwide average of $5.57 per gallon as of Thursday. Reportedly, there are more than ten gasoline stations in the area that are running out of fuel.