Gas prices soar in the United States

By: Sierra Wells

Managing Editor

Gas prices in the United States are at the highest they’ve been in 14 years according to GasBuddy.

The AAA reports that on March 21, 2022, the United States’ national average price for regular gas was $4.252, and the Texas average cost was $3.918.

This time last year, regular gas on average only cost $2.882 in the United States and $2.638 in Texas.

A Stephenville Alon gas station sign at Allsup’s.
Photo by: Sierra Wells

On March 8, United States President Joe Biden issued an executive order to stop all imports of coal, liquidated natural gas and oil from Russia, ultimately causing already growing gas prices to rise even further.

“This is a step that we’re taking to inflict further pain on Putin. But there will be costs as well here in the United States. I said I would level with the American people from the beginning,” Biden said. “And when I first spoke to this, I said defending freedom is going to cost — it’s going to cost us as well, in the United States.”

COVID-19 also played a part in the rising cost. GasBuddy notes that more American citizens are traveling and returning to work as the pandemic calms down, causing a higher demand for gas.

This rise in the average cost of gas in Erath County on March 21 was $3.949, according to AAA.

The increase in gas cost has severely impacted the Tarleton State University community. 

Wildlife Science major Iliana Padron has seen and experienced the financial strain caused by the high gas prices.

“If you have students who can’t really work with their degree, like a lot of teachers or science majors who actually have to do field research and stuff like that, it’s hard to support yourself and put yourself through college, with like food and like things you have to buy as necessities, and also compete with the gasses that you have to pay for to get home because I have family in Fort Worth, so driving back and forth is really taking a toll on obviously our bank account because no one want to pay $3.80 on gas, it’s just ridiculous. It’s expensive,” Padron said.

However, due to the cost of crude oil going down, as of March 23, gas prices have been slowly decreasing, dropping by a few cents less compared to the previous week.

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