President Joe Biden is nothing if not a record-breaker. For the first time in history, gas in every single one of our fifty states topped over $4 a gallon. “The milestone was met Tuesday after Georgia, Kansas and Oklahoma became the last three states to surpass the $4 per gallon mark, according to a new report from AAA auto club” reports The New York Post.

The national average increased 44 cents from last month to $4.52 a gallon, nearly $1.50 higher than a year ago. “The most expensive prices are at California gas stations, which sell regular gas at a whopping $6.02 a gallon on average, according to AAA data.”

The statewide average for New York rose almost twenty five cents in just a week to about $4.81 per gallon for regular. The AAA report claims gas prices will get worse as we head into summer and are due “primarily to the high cost of crude oil, which is hovering near $110 a barrel.”

“The high cost of oil, the key ingredient in gasoline, is driving these high pump prices for consumers,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said. “Even the annual seasonal demand dip for gasoline during the lull between spring break and Memorial Day, which would normally help lower prices, is having no effect this year.”

The Post reports “inflation paired with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its economic fallout have slammed global energy markets, costing car owners at the pumps. President Joe Biden attempted to alleviate the burden of gas costs on US motorists by releasing tens of millions of barrels of oil from the strategic reserve, but that measure has had little sustained impact on prices.”