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Gas prices broke records on Monday amid the Russian invasion. This is according to the tally made by AAA Gas. It is an increase of 45 cents a gallon in the last week, with a national average of 4.06 dollars, five cents away from the historical maximum of 2008.
The situation is generated at a time when the price of oil is rising due to the crisis in Ukraine, in February it had a price of 86 dollars per barrel, and today it closed at 122 dollars. All this is happening just when, at the end of 2021, Americans faced the highest inflation in 40 years.
According to NPR, because of the Ukrainian crisis, an increase in food prices could also be expected. “The war in Ukraine has also contributed to a rise in grain prices, as both Ukraine and Russia are major suppliers of corn and wheat. That could add to price increases at the supermarket,” the media outlet reviewed.
Reactions to the increase in gas and oil prices
Members of the Republican Party have referred to the gas price increase and have compared it to the management of Donald Trump’s administration. This is the case of Ronna McDaniel, president of the Republican National Committee, who wrote about the issue on her Twitter account.
The Republican made a list of the states that are paying more for the increase in gas prices. Nevada, California, and Oregon top the list.
In the midst of the crisis, Joe Biden’s administration is trying to buy time by talking with members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). For example, over the weekend, a secret meeting between Biden officials and members of Nicolás Maduro’s regime was reported.
Finally, Republicans such as Marco Rubio have called the decision to talk with Maduro a mistake and have assured that it is an excuse by the Democrats to negotiate with the Chavista regime in Venezuela.
“Biden is using Russia as an excuse to make the deal he always wanted to make anyway with the Maduro regime,” Rubio tweeted Monday morning.