If you're someone who requires a car to get around your everyday life, like most Americans do, you have been feeling the immense weight of record-high gas prices.
You're probably looking at the highest gas prices you've ever seen in your lifetime. As of this morning, the national average cost of a gallon of fuel reached $4.523, which beat the top record on Monday at $4.483 and the record before that on Sunday at $4.470. And it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The state of Washington is being hit especially hard by the sky-high fuel prices.
Washington State Is Running Out of Gas and Expecting $10/Gallon Prices
If you thought things were bad in your home state, Washington residents probably have it way worse at the moment. The Post Millennial reported on the matter and interviewed a spokesperson for 76 Gas Station in Auburn, Washington, who said the gas pumps at their location are being reprogrammed to display double-digit pricing. Just a couple short months ago, they were only capable of showing single-digit pricing.
They're not flat-out saying that gas is going to cost $10/gallon, but it's clear that they're preparing for this possibility, and it certainly won't be surprising with the way things have been going.
Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that many gas stations in the state of Washington are actually running out of fuel altogether. In cities like West Richland and Pasco, people are finding that there is either only diesel available or there isn't any fuel available at all.
President Biden's administration has been pointing fingers at Russia's President Putin for these record-high gas prices and they even attempted to coin the hashtag #PutinPriceHike. Last month, Biden said the Environmental Protection Agency will allow gas stations this summer to sell E15 gasoline, which uses a 15% ethanol blend. Yet there are many critics who are insisting that Biden and his administration aren't doing nearly enough to address inflation and soaring gas prices.
It's expected that the national average will soon be over $5/gallon, so prepare accordingly.