Friday, September 29, 2023

Concerns about inflation and rising gasoline prices in the United States

Inflation has started again and Americans fear the value of their dollars could decline. Gasoline prices were hit particularly hard, highlighting the Biden administration’s vulnerability on economic and energy issues.

The consumer price index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.6 percent in August, with gasoline prices accounting for more than half of the increase. Gasoline prices rose 10.6 percent compared to the previous month, resulting in higher costs for consumers at the pump.

Although the current inflation rate of 3.7 percent in August may seem modest compared to 9.1 percent in June 2022, it is above 3.2 percent in July. Inflation is cumulative and reduces purchasing power over time, with wage increases often occurring more quickly. The real average hourly earnings of all employees fell by 0.5 percent from July to August, and the real average weekly earnings also fell.

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) estimates that buying something that cost $100 in 2019 will now require $114.47 in 2022. This inflation trend worries Americans who want to retain the value of their checks.

One factor contributing to rising gas prices is the Biden administration’s policies shifting toward renewable energy sources like solar and wind and away from fossil fuels. This policy includes blocking oil and gas drilling and preventing investment in the energy sector. However, reducing fossil fuel production results in higher costs for consumers who need immediate energy, particularly gasoline.

Current inflation rates and rising gas prices have political implications for the Biden administration. A majority of respondents in a poll blamed the government for rising gas prices, and public approval of President Biden’s handling of the economy was low. The impact of inflation and rising gasoline prices on people’s lives is significant, as spending on basic necessities such as housing, transportation and food increases while discretionary spending on entertainment decreases.

In summary, rising inflation and rising gasoline prices have been a cause for concern among Americans. The Biden administration’s energy policies and the impact of inflation on everyday spending have raised questions about the state of the economy and people’s purchasing power. As prices continue to rise, it remains to be seen how the administration will address these challenges and provide relief to consumers.

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