Yahoo finance reporter Rick Newman, a frequent commentator for the big three mainstream media networks, advised Americans that the best way to support Ukraine right now is to “stop whining” about higher gas prices.
Newman begins his column by noting that gas prices have skyrocketed since the Russian invasion and remarks that sanctions on Russia are working.
“American consumers are going to feel some impact from the Ukraine war in coming weeks,” he warns, later adding, “Four-dollar gas represents a pain threshold for many drivers.”
But, Newman suggests, it is a righteous sacrifice the American people will be making.
“Those sanctions entail some sacrifice outside of central Europe, in the form of higher gas prices, at least for a while,” he laments.
“Americans who want to support Ukraine don’t have to like higher prices, but they can fill up knowing there’s a good cause on the other side of the world.”
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) March 1, 2022
Just Stop Whining About Higher Gas Prices
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Newman’s column has some valid points. Yes, gas prices are skyrocketing right now in part due to the Russia-Ukraine skirmish.
But what it avoids is the fact that Americans had been – rightfully – whining about higher gas prices long before Russia decided to invade.
Gasbuddy shows that gas was a few ticks over $2 per gallon when President Trump left office.
And, had the Biden administration taken appropriate steps by keeping America energy independent as former President Trump had done, kept the Keystone pipeline intact, and didn’t support Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the nation may have been in a far better position to absorb this crisis.
Newman though gives the President an out saying, “Biden can’t do much to influence gas prices.”
I’m old enough to remember Barack Obama, while Biden was serving as his Vice President, telling Americans “you’re welcome” for lower gas prices. Clearly, he believed the President could do something.
Biden Can Do Something, He Just Doesn’t Want To
Oddly enough, when Obama made those comments he bragged that lower gas prices were due in part to the United States being “as free of foreign oil as we’ve been in 30 years.”
Rather than seeking to be free from foreign oil, President Biden is dependent on it right now and seems to have no shame in that fact.
“President Biden’s advisers are discussing a possible visit to Saudi Arabia this spring to help repair relations and convince the Kingdom to pump more oil, Axios’ Hans Nichols has learned.”
🤣🤣 pump more oil! (as long as it’s in Saudi).
that’s ‘climate’ science, folks!
— steve hilton (@SteveHiltonx) March 7, 2022
Biden has thus far resisted bipartisan calls to ban Russian oil imports, saying it would increase already skyrocketing gas prices. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that the United States was at least considering such a ban.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg meanwhile suggested the administration is considering buying oil from Iran.
Axios is reporting that President Biden’s advisors are considering a trip to Saudi Arabia to “convince the Kingdom to pump more oil.”
In a statement last week, Trump argue that the crisis of higher gas prices would never have happened if he were still in the White House.
“If my energy policy had remained in place, where we were energy independent, and would have soon been bigger in production than Saudi Arabia and Russia combined, the world would have had no problems whatsoever,” he claimed.
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