Will 20-cent spike in NC gas prices affect elections? | Eastern North Carolina Now | On Oct. 12, the average gas price in North Carolina was $3.51, according to AAA. This was a 20-cent jump from the price one week before, on Oct. 5, when the average price was $3.31.

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    On Oct. 12, the average gas price in North Carolina was $3.51, according to AAA. This was a 20-cent jump from the price one week before, on Oct. 5, when the average price was $3.31. The spike comes after months of decline from the all-time record high prices of the summer, which reached $4.67 in June. Now with the sudden reversal of that trend, political analysts are wondering what kind of impact it could have on the midterm elections in three weeks, where many voters cite rising prices as a top issue.

    According to multiple news reports, the Biden administration had asked OPEC to increase production of oil to help reduce the global price. But instead of increasing production, OPEC announced on Oct. 5 that they were instead going to reduce production by 2 million barrels per day. From that moment, prices began to rise again.

    The Biden administration had been able to bring prices down some from the summer, but rather than increasing refining and drilling capacity, their strategy largely relied on emptying out the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserves. This has reduced the reserves to a 40-year low.



    "In the face of the worst energy crisis in a half-century, Pres. Biden is determined to keep American oil and gas production on the sidelines," said Jon Sanders, director of the John Locke Foundation's Center for Food, Power, and Life. "His election-year squandering of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve needlessly imperils Americans in the midst of it. Whereas US shale production over the past decade and half had freed American energy consumers from the threat of disruptive production shenanigans by cartels and dictators, Biden has signaled to the world that he wants us back under their thumbs, and we are reaping the consequences."

    A Politico article titled, "OPEC oil output cut fuels Dems' gas price fears," cited political analysts on how this October surprise in the form of sticker shock at the pump is bringing many Democrat stategists' worse fears to life. If gas prices become a focus for many voters and the Democrats are seen as on the wrong side of the issue, they worry it could impact elections across the country.

    Republicans have made a political issue of high gas prices from the beginning of the elections, with events at gas stations and ads blaming Democrats for the prices. This reversal of the downward trend in prices will likely encourage them to lean into that messaging even more.

    An Oct. 13 Trafalgar poll found respondents more likely to vote for Republicans by a 54-33 margin due to rising gas prices.

    In a similar situation one year ago, OPEC told the Biden administration that the United States should drill more oil if it wants more supply rather than relying on OPEC nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia. Republicans have largely echoed this call, pushing for more domestic drilling and refining to bring prices down.

    The Biden administration is instead considering a plan to ban oil and gas exports in order to increase the domestic supply, according to Bloomberg News. On the same day as OPEC's announcement, The Wall Street Journal reported on another plan from the White House that would relieve sanctions on socialist Venezuela, allowing them to pump more oil.

    "It's not too late for the president to unleash American production," Sanders said. "A strong stance for US oil and gas from Biden would go a long way to tamping prices down, and it would spare us all the unbearable shame of an American president begging the sordid likes of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for help in something we actually excel at. Lacking such leadership, however, means North Carolinians will be subject to higher than necessary gasoline and energy prices in the near future. Perhaps Gov. Roy Cooper could take a stand for his constituents by urging the president to unshackle domestic production and open pipelines here."

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In what may be the most divisive period in modern American History, even more divisive than the turbulent sixties due to today's lack of patriotism, consider what are the major catalysts causing so much of this calamity of conflict, and vote: What most instigates the division of America, on this day September 20, 2022?
  Racism within our society
  Sex realignment to the detriment of our society.
  Biden /Harris Wide Open Southern Border Policy for the Demographic Upheaval of OUR Constitutional Republic
  Rampant Crime in Democratic controlled cities, and the possible contagion elsewhere
  Covid Pandemic, and its mishandling at the political, and bureaucratic levels.
  The unresolved questions /allegation regarding the flawed 2020 General Election
  January 6th Riot or "Armed Insurrection", depending upon patriotic perspective
  Joe Biden as Divisive Leader; Ineffective and Corrupt Executive
  Failed Education Industry, from an overall perspective, regarding all levels of education.
  Propagandistic Media in complete conflict with the First Amendment's guarantee of Freedom of Speech, and the awesome responsibility of a Free Press..
  "Orangeman Bad!"
  Bureaucracy rushing to a behemoth size, its unjustified expense, and far too often overreach.
  The Weaponized Deep State for political purposes
  A secular ambivalence to all that is real.
  Record number of overdose deaths from opioids and now Fentanyl
  Biden Administration's disastrous Foreign Policy
  Bidenflation /supply chain failure inevitably evolving into stagflation and recession.
  "Ultra MAGA Extremists" freely speaking louder AND LOUDER!
696 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?


poll#154
Inarguably, the policies of the Democrats in congress and Joe Biden as the Executive is plunging the United States into a recession, if we are not already there; a recession that was completely avoidable. Will abrupt changes in policies occur in time?
  Yes, the Democrats have a bold plan, yet to be revealed, to save us.
  No, there will have to be a complete undoing of the damage done by these Democrats.
  I can't do simple math, so how am I to understand the concept of basic economics.
1,181 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

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