Drivers score cheaper gas at event highlighting effects of inflation

Some 200 drivers in Phoenix last week nabbed a more-than-$2 discount on gas and got some much-needed inflation relief when they went to fill up their gas tanks, thanks to an event produced by Americans for Prosperity-Arizona.

As part of Americans for Prosperity’s “Prosperity is Possible” Tour, AFP-AZ lowered the price of gas from $4.65 a gallon to $2.38 a gallon, which was the national average price of regular unleaded fuel the day President Biden took office. 

In its latest report, the Department of Labor said that gas and grocery prices put upward pressure on the overall consumer prices index—one of the measures economists use to track inflation.

The Biden administration, however, has adopted policies to limit American energy production, recently canceling oil leases in Alaska, which threatens the stability of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Executive orders like that one, combined with a maze of federal regulations and permitting delays put a squeeze on American energy production and supply.

When AFP-AZ paid the difference between today’s high prices and the pre-“Bidenflation” price from 2020, drivers were grateful and relieved. The two-hour event drew a crowd and while people waited patiently in line for pre-inflation gas, the AFP-AZ Team heard from people about how they were coping with higher prices.

Attendees shared their thoughts about the most pressing issues facing the country, and many sent messages to their lawmakers, urging them to do something to make life more affordable—like support H.R. 1 The Lower Energy Costs Act, which would go a long way to cutting the red tape that has made energy so scarce.

The event was just one of several stops on the Arizona leg of the “Prosperity is Possible” Tour. 

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