Gas Prices Expected to Soar Even Higher this Summer -- 'Experts' Blame Putin

The pain at the pump is about to get even more painful, and some people still want to blame Putin for it.

According to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, gas prices are expected to hit new records as spring becomes summer and people take to the open road for some much-needed family vacations.

"We're not in a record-setting summer when it comes to consumption, but we are at a record-setting summer for prices," De Haan says.

And De Haan is pointing the finger at Russian president Vladimir Putin:

"I think the best outcome that would bring most meaningful relief is out of control. It may be in the Russian hands, and that's regime change," he says.

Should that happen, "Western companies and countries" may have the confidence to "start doing business and buying that Russian oil again," he insists.

In other words, it's all Putin's fault. Sure, Jan

De Haan admits that limitations in domestic production may have contributed to the problem as well, though even that idea is positioned as a fault in suppliers, not in US government policy, and is framed as byproduct of the Russia/Ukraine war:

"De Haan also partly attributes rising fuel prices to reduced refining capability in the U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures shot up from about $91 to $123 since Russia's invasion," Yahoo!'s copy reads.


As Jan Brady herself might say, "Russia! Russia! Russia!"

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Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.