President Biden tweeted recently about gas prices stating, “Right now, the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 per gallon.”
Right now, the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 per gallon. That's progress.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 6, 2022
Right below the President’s tweet, Twitter added some clarification on what the phrase “common price” means as opposed to the more oft-used phrase “average price.”
The Twitter note reads, “Biden is referring to the ‘most common gas price’ as opposed to the average gas price of $3.800 (11/6/22). The most common is the ‘mode’ gas price. Neither are wrong and politicians tend to reference the one that is lower. The mode diminishes high gas states from the equation.”
According to AAA’s gas price tracker, the average price of gas in America is $3.804 at the time of this writing. That is half of a cent higher than the previous day’s average and more than four cents higher than last week’s average price. The site predicts that the price will continue to rise.
Gas prices along with President Biden’s oil policies in general have become a major difficulty for Democrats as the midterms approach. Biden’s relationship with oil companies has been troublesome since he took office.
Last month he urged companies to invest their profits into increasing U.S. oil production, but his own policies stand in the way of that happening. Even recently, at a campaign event for Gov. Hochul (D-NY) in New York, Biden said, “There is no more drilling, I haven’t formed any new drilling.”
Biden continues to blame oil companies and the war in Ukraine for the price at the pump. He recently argued that oil companies’ profits were a “windfall of war” in Ukraine and said that they have a responsibility to act in the interest of the consumer.
He even said that if they do not lower prices at the pump that they would “pay a higher tax on their excess profits and face other restrictions…It is time for these companies to stop war profiteering, meet their responsibilities to this country, and give the American people a break.”