The White House is urging OPEC to produce more crude oil to lower gas prices, but some Oklahoma gas and oil companies fear it will hurt the local economy.
AAA said gas prices are now higher than they were all year.
The average price of gas in Oklahoma is $ 2.88, which is still lower than most of the country.
The Biden government wants to lower gas prices by increasing supply. But state oil and gas leaders want to focus on oil production here.
“I just filled up my truck and it was $ 64 and I’m not used to that,” said Kenneth Reynolds.
Like many others, it’s a burden that Reynolds says puts a strain on his wallet.
“Now that I’m on welfare, I really need to ration my gasoline,” Reynolds said.
President Biden’s call for foreign crude oil producers to increase production comes with rising gas prices.
Former Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett now heads the Keener Oil & Gas Company. He said the government’s plan was penalizing American businesses.
“That puts us in a position where we have to cut or cut our drilling budgets, lay off people again,” said Bartlett.
Tens of thousands of workers, including many Oklahomans, lost their jobs when the Biden government shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move more than 800,000 barrels a day.
The president also stopped drilling on state. Bartlett said American companies are already limited to contributing to the supply of the country.
“But when we are told to rely on other countries for our energy needs, we are in dire straits,” said Bartlett.
AAA Oklahoma spokesman Mark Madeja said crude oil prices are below $ 70 a barrel, but they need to get close to $ 60 before prices drop.
“It will take another two or three weeks to catch up and consumers will see it at the pump,” said Madeja.
In response to President Biden’s request, Governor Kevin Stitt said in a partial statement, “President Biden should strengthen America’s energy independence and support domestic oil and gas production rather than turn his back on hard-working Oklahoma people.”
For the rest of the summer, AAA expects gas prices to be high.