While much of the free world is lamenting the deaths, possibly thousands, of Ukrainians in the war launched by Russia’s Vladimir Putin against his neighbor’s civilian population as well as the deaths of possibly thousands of Russian soldiers, that’s all “good news” for Democrats.
That’s according to a Democrat pollster, Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners, who told the Washington Post, “The good news is we now have a very specific reason for rising gas prices and a specific villain.”
Just the News explained the circumstances, “U.S. gas prices hit a record high on Tuesday, and they have continued to climb ever since. As of Thursday, a gallon of regular gas costs $4.318 while diesel is at $5.058 per gallon, according to AAA. Gas prices have risen sharply since Russia invaded Ukraine last month.”
But while inflation was announced as 7.9% this week, it already had reached 7.5% under Biden’s policies – before the Russian war. And gasoline prices had exploded after Biden took office and attacked the American energy industry, with prices up by a dollar a gallon before Russia’s aggression was launched.
The Post reported that Biden’s “risky strategy” to ban Russian oil imports into the U.S. because of Putin’s violence was expected to drive up “already-rising fuel prices.”
Biden repeatedly has tried to pin the blame for inflation on Putin, stating, “Putin’s war is already hurting American families at the gas pump” and “Since Putin began his military buildup on Ukrainian borders — just since then — the price of the gas at the pump in America went up 75 cents.”
But the reality is energy prices were climbing quickly because Biden canceled the Keystone pipeline, tried to shut down federal oil leasing procedures and made it harder to run a natural gas facility.
Leftists have explained they want fossil fuel prices to surge dramatically, so they can be used as a weapon to manipulate Americans to supporting “green” energy, from wind and solar, which is unreliable.
Lake explained that for a long time consumers have noticed rising gas prices and wondered why. Now, she said, Putin is “a villain that we agree on.”
The report said, “Prices on a variety of goods have climbed more steeply in recent months than they have in decades, largely because of the economy’s rapid recovery from its pandemic-induced struggles, a blaring danger sign for a party seeking to hold on to narrow congressional majorities.”
The Biden administration has described the inflation as “transitory” but even his own Treasury Secretary now is warning the surging costs for consumers will be around for another year.
Republicans were continuing to remind voters – as the 2022 midterms approach in months – that the rising costs are not only the fault of Putin. They fault Biden’s block of the Keystone pipeline and more.
“This has been an all-points assault on the development of U.S. oil and gas resources, so this is not isolated — this is part of a pattern,” Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., explained. “And keep in mind, gas prices are high now, before they banned Russian gas. So I wouldn’t suddenly start blaming high gas prices upon this measure.”
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