SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An announcement on Wednesday from OPEC, a group of oil-producing nations, to cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day will mean bad news at the pump.
Monday marked the second week of rising gas prices and they’re expected to continue to climb following an announcement from OPEC. Starting in November, the organization plans to cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day. The Biden administration called the decision “shortsighted” in light of global energy prices already lifted higher by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Consumers are already feeling the increase and not just at the pump.
“Oh my God it’s insane, the light bills are going up, the gas bills going up, but your salary is not going up. I’m like oh my God what’s next?” Janet Rodriguez in Springfield
The price at the pump is one of many concerns consumers say they are keeping in mind ahead of the elections in November.
Reynolds said she needs to plan out her trips carefully to make sure she’s not spending more time in the car than she has to. “It has been a challenge. It’s been very difficult trying to scrape pennies you know? When you use to put $20 in and it would fill it up, and now that doesn’t even get you an eighth of a tank.” Terry Reynolds – Springfield
The average in Massachusetts is still well below the state’s record set back in June at just over $5 a gallon. Consumers just hope it stays that way.