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Wrong: Joe Biden Said Gas Is Below $3.00 a Gallon in Some States

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U.S. President Joe Biden.

Fact Check: Joe Biden Is Wrong, Gas Not Below Three Dollars Per Gallon President Joe Biden claimed on Monday, during the third meeting of the White House Competition Council, that gas prices have now dropped below $3 per gallon in some parts of America – a claim that follows months of boasting about the record-breaking reductions in prices across the country.

The president’s attempts to spin record-high gas prices as a positive, taking credit when prices drop but blaming price rises on Russian President Vladimir Putin, have sparked controversy and mockery online – but his comments this week may have devolved from spin to outright deception. 

“We’ve made historic progress.  We’ve made historic progress with the price of gas down $1.30 since the beginning of the summer,” the president said.

“In some few states, it’s below three bucks.  It’s, you know, in the low threes in most places, although there are some fires and some other problems that had to do with refining capacity in — in the far west, in the middle west.  But we’re going to deal with that as well.”

Is He Right?

Yes and no.

As noted by Fox News correspondent Lucas Tomlinson on Monday, the American Automobile Association (AAA) gas prices tracker showed no state with gas prices below $3.

The AAA’s price tracker analyzes the average prices of a gallon of regular, mid-grade, or premium gas, as well as diesel. On September 26, the tracker showed Mississippi with the lowest average price, sitting at $3.074. The tracker showed a total of 42 states with gas prices under $4, though a majority of those states had average prices over $3.5.

California still has the highest gas prices in the country, with the average cost of a gallon of regular gas currently $5.798 in the state.

While it’s technically possible that some gas stations in the United States are charging less than $3, particularly in states with low prices like Mississippi, it’s unlikely that many – if any at all – are charging that little. The figures, at least, show that virtually all Americans are still paying more than $3 per gallon.

Artificially Low Prices May Rise Again

No matter how much the president attempts to spin the situation, the fact remains that millions of working Americans are still struggling to cover the rising cost of fuel and food.

Jennifer-Ruth Green, a candidate for Indiana’s First Congressional District, offered her thoughts on the situation on Monday, arguing that prices only briefly dropped artificially.

“If you’re wondering why the Biden admin won’t be talking about gas prices today, it’s because they’ve now risen for the 6th day in a row after being artificially lowered by releasing our Strategic Petroleum Reserve,” Green said.

Gas Prices

A woman rides an electric bike past a gas station as current gasoline prices continues to climb close to record-setting territory in Encinitas, California, U.S., May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Unable to depend on constantly releasing fuel from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the price of gas will still ultimately be dictated by market conditions – and with the war in Ukraine still raging, and arguably getting worse, there’s no telling what further disruption could be caused over the winter. The president wants to see those prices go down, but a combination of global conflict and a hurricane approaching the Gulf of Mexico that could potentially take drilling rigs and refineries out of action could be a perform storm for a winter of even higher fuel prices.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. 403Forbidden

    September 27, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Biden is a LIAR.

    An inveterate lifelong or career liar. He’s been lying all his life, it’s totally sad such a man could reach highest office in the land.

    Biden the liar, supported by deep state (also called shadow govt or shadow agency) cheated in november 2020 and misled american people now called a ‘threat’ to the soul of america.

    Does biden himself even have any soul left or slightest vestigial rennant of one.

    He’s lied & cheated all his life, whatever soul he’s ever have had in his life is long gone….for good.

  2. David W Darby

    September 27, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Well actually, gas is running 2.95 a gallon locally here in SC. Of course, like the article states, wait til that reserve runs out. Probably after the midterms. Then they’ll blame, you know. Anybody but themselves.

  3. Artie

    September 27, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    I live in Georgia and the price for gas at Sam’s Club hear is $2.81. The President is correct.

  4. Mark Nickless

    September 27, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    I have paid under $3.00 for gas here in Missouri several times. With my 2010 Prius getting mileage in the mid 50s, I am doing fine. However most drivers around me choose to drive gas guzzlers and complain.

  5. Scottfs

    September 27, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    It’s back up in California, to over $5.25 a gallon at the cheap stores.

    Once he’s drained our Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a blatant attempt to lower prices before the midterms, it will shoot up even more.

    Maybe Biden will blame Donald Trump or the tooth fairy at that time. Ridiculous.

  6. Elaine

    September 27, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    2.49 @ Costco Mall of Ga..Buford Ga..Just filled my tank.

  7. Niel

    September 27, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    What a biased article first complaining about high gas prices, then noting “artificially low” prices. Which is it? Prices here in South Texas are below $3.00 in many places btw.

  8. Froike

    September 28, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Dear 403 Forbidden….For once, you posted something that every rational American will agree with!

  9. Jrod

    September 28, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Gas today in some areas was 2.90 in DFW while down the rd it was 3.10 . Its crazy some people are bitching that the only reason gas has come down was because Biden released some oil from the reserves . You just can’t make some of these idiots happy no matter what 😂😂

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