Average gas prices in the U.S. have risen, with many states experiencing record highs per gallon and California seeing the highest jump, Tuesday.

The gas price increases come as President Joe Biden announced the U.S. will be banning oil imports from Russia in response to the conflict in Ukraine.

“Today I’m announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy. We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy,” Biden said on Tuesday. “That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at U.S. ports, and the American people will deal another powerful blow to [Vladimir] Putin’s war machine. This is a move that has strong bipartisan support in the Congress and, I believe, in the country.”

As far as the impact of this oil decision on the American people, Biden briefly addressed it after landing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in Westworth Village, Texas.

“They’re going to go up,” Biden said about the U.S. gas prices. “Can’t do much right now. Russia is responsible.”

California gas stations are seeing daily record high prices, with the average per gallon of regular fuel jumping more than 10 cents overnight.

The Tuesday average price for gas was recorded at $5. 444 per gallon in California after being set at $5.343 per gallon on Monday, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

A price jump of about 8 cents per gallon of average gas occurred in Los Angeles, with a new average high of $5.518 per gallon, after seeing a previous high Monday of $5.429 per gallon on Monday.

Orange County also saw a significant jump in its average gas prices with yet another all-time record high of $5.514 per gallon for regular.


LA Weekly