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Kansas Rep. says fuel costs at all-time excessive; it’s not true

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Gas prices that had crept above $3 were under $2.92 at this west Wichita station Monday.

Gasoline costs that had crept above $3 have been underneath $2.92 at this west Wichita station Monday.

The Wichita Eagle

In a political fundraising jab on the Biden Administration, Wichita-area Congressman Ron Estes made a false declare Monday that gasoline costs are at “an all-time excessive.”

“That isn’t an correct assertion,” mentioned Shawn Steward, supervisor of public and authorities affairs for the AAA auto membership of Kansas.

AAA publishes nationwide and state information every day on fuel costs, primarily based on a survey of 130,000 fuel stations nationwide.

On Twitter and Fb Monday, Estes posted: “Gasoline costs are at an all-time excessive. Which disastrous Biden coverage do you suppose is in charge for these excessive costs in fuel?”

Late Monday, after inquiries from The Wichita Eagle, the publish was revised to say “Gasoline costs are on the highest degree since 2014.”

Gasoline costs aren’t at an all-time excessive, both nationally or in Kansas, in accordance with Federal Power Info Administration and AAA information.

The truth is, the nationwide common worth is 72 cents decrease than the height worth in 2008 and Kansas gasoline is nearly a greenback cheaper than the all-time excessive.

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Display screen shot of Rep. Ron Estes’ tweet. Twitter picture

The EIA lists the typical worth for all grades of fuel at $3.384 nationwide on the finish of October.

The height worth of fuel occurred in July 2008, when the nationwide common hit $4.114, the federal company reported.

The EIA information additionally reveals fuel costs have been increased than the present degree throughout nearly all of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In response to the most recent AAA information, costs are down barely from a month in the past.

Monday’s nationwide common worth for a gallon of normal was $3.394, AAA reported.

That’s down from $3.409 per week in the past and $3.401 a month in the past.

Kansas continues to have a few of the lowest-priced gasoline within the nation, Steward mentioned.

The present statewide common for normal on the pump in Kansas is $3.038, about 35.6 cents lower than the nationwide common.

“The very best recorded Kansas fuel worth common was on July sixteenth, 2008 and that was $4.02 a gallon. That was the statewide common for normal unleaded,” Steward mentioned.

The present worth places Kansas on the fifth-lowest price for gasoline within the nation, Steward mentioned.

The 4 states with cheaper gasoline than Kansas are Oklahoma, $2.948 a gallon; Texas, $2.98; Arkansas, $3.019; and Missouri, $3.035.

California has had and continues to have the very best pump worth within the nation, $4.711, adopted by Hawaii at $4.353.

No different state within the nation is over $4, in accordance with AAA.

Estes’ tweet and Fb publish are linked to an attraction for political donations by means of WinRed, a for-profit firm endorsed by the Republican Nationwide Committee that raises funds for Republican candidates.

WinRed is the Republican response to the Democrats’ nonprofit ActBlue fund-raising platform.

The hyperlink goes to a push-poll survey studying: “Gasoline costs are on the rise. Which one among President Biden’s diastorous (sic) insurance policies is in charge?”

The alternatives: vaccine mandates, cancellation of Keystone Pipeline, Inexperienced New Deal and new taxes on oil and drilling.

The fund-raising survey doesn’t supply any explanations for why any of the insurance policies cited would have an effect on gasoline costs.

In Wichita, fuel costs that had crept above $3 a gallon in latest weeks have been again right down to the low $2.90s.

And costs could drop additional in coming weeks after crude oil futures fell dramatically Friday on information that the omicron variant of the coronavirus threatens to increase the COVID pandemic, which despatched costs right into a downward spiral in 2020

The nationwide common worth of fuel bottomed out at $1.938 in April final yr.

That was as a consequence of decreased demand introduced on by pandemic-related enterprise shutdowns and stay-home orders issued by states throughout the nation in an effort to gradual transmission of the virus.

Friday’s omicron-variant-fueled decline was roughly $10 a barrel throughout markets, the largest one-day drop since April 2020.

Costs rebounded considerably on Monday, with West Texas Intermediate Crude up $1.75 to $69.90 a barrel, in accordance with Oilprice.com.

This story was initially printed November 29, 2021 5:28 PM.

Senior Journalist Dion Lefler has been offering award-winning protection of native authorities, politics and enterprise in Wichita for 20 years. Dion hails from Los Angeles, the place he labored for the LA Every day Information, the Pasadena Star-Information and different papers. He’s a father of twins, director of lay servant ministries within the United Methodist Church and performs second base for the Outdated Cowtown classic baseball crew.

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