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U.S. Gas Prices hit 14-Year High

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AAA reported that the average U.S. gas prices have reached $4.009 per gallon on Sunday, the highest since July 17 of 2008 when gas prices hit a record $4.114 per gallon.

In just the past week, average prices soared 11 percent. Gas was an average of $3.604 one week ago and just $2.760 one year ago. Prices are highest in California, where the average price is $5.288.

In Los Angeles and San Francisco, average gas prices have reached $5 for regular fuel, while some stations are reportedly selling premium gas for more than $7 a gallon.

Hawaii has the second highest prices at $4.695, followed by Nevada and Oregon with averages of $4.526 and $4.466.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, tweeted over the weekend “To make it implicitly clear, this is the cost of bipartisan sanctions on Russia for their war on Ukraine.”

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De Haan also told USA Today that more cities are likely to see prices hit $5 a gallon in the coming weeks. He said prices soaring to an average of $4 a gallon “was unlikely to have happened without Russian action.”

GasBuddy also predicts a national average price of $4.25 by Memorial Day. “Seasonal factors including increased demand for gas, refinery maintenance and the switch to summer blend gas, on top of current geopolitical tensions, could propel prices upward of $4.25 per gallon by Memorial Day,” GasBuddy said in a statement.

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced its 31 member countries coordinated to release crude oil to help counter rising prices. President Biden announced that the U.S. would give 30 million barrels from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to “help blunt gas prices here at home.”

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  1. Donald huffman

    March 7, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Well hell it was on its way to 4.00 before the Ukraine invasion Energy policy is driving the price not the war Rather its supply or psychological. Thinking

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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