Average gas prices hit $4 a gallon, highest in more than a decade

An official from GasBuddy blamed Russian sanctions for the increase in gas prices, although the United States has not stopped importing Russian oil.
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A man pumping gas, Washington, D.C.
A man pumping gas, Washington, D.C.
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The average price of gas in the U.S. is now more than $4 per gallon, its highest since 2008, as prices continue to increase under President Joe Biden.

The national average price of regular gas on Sunday stood at $4.009, up nearly $0.09 from the previous day and up more than $0.40 from the week prior, according to AAA.

The all-time high for gas prices was July 2008, when gas was $4.114 per gallon, AAA reports.

GasBuddy's Petrolium analysis head Patrick De Haan blamed Russian sanctions for the increase in gas prices. 

"This is a milestone that was hard to imagine happening so quickly, but with bipartisan support of severe sanctions on Russia, is not exactly surprising – it is the cost of choking off Russia from energy revenue," De Haan said.

"As Russia’s war on Ukraine continues to evolve and we head into a season where gas prices typically increase, Americans should prepare to pay more for gas than they ever have before. Shopping and paying smart at the pump will be critical well into summer," he predicted.

GasBuddy stated that prices could be more than $4.25 per gallon by memorial day.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki last week claimed that the increase in gas prices was due to Russian Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

However, on Feb. 16, 2022, more than a week before Putin invaded, U.S. gas prices were up by $1 on average from the previous year.

The United States has also not banned Russian oil imports despite calls from lawmakers to do so.