By Tom Kowalski
ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies announced last week that they would be cutting back production of oil by 2 million barrels per day starting in November.
The new policy would likely lead to a rise in gas and energy prices, and with the United States still coming down from national record high gas prices over the summer, many are upset with the decision, including President Biden, who condemned the decision. Biden said he and his administration are looking for alternatives to OPEC.
“There’s a lot of alternatives, we haven’t made up our minds yet,” said the President in a statement to reporters.
Biden claimed the decision was politically motivated, with midterms coming up soon.
Consumers are also worried about how this may affect holiday travel.
“There’s people that are going to have to do their traveling,” said Ripley Sinn, a driver filling up her gas at Manus Sunoco. “But it’s definitely going to be more expensive for everybody and again, more frustrating for people too. And with the holiday coming around, it’s definitely it’s going to put some hardship on some people.”
Others are calling this a warning to those who have yet to adopt electric cars to help the environment.
“How many people you see driving by themselves up and down the street going their merry way?” said Collis Allen, who’s sick of the public’s reliance on gasoline vehicles. “And it’s still getting worse and worse and worse. The oceans are rising. The polar bears habitat is being destroyed, it’s ridiculous. People just stop. Electric cars are the way to go. But it’s taken how long to get it going.”