In an effort to lower gas prices, President Joe Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the U.S. oil reserves.
The move comes as millions travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. Dan Goodman, public affairs manager at AAA Northern New England, said Vermonters are paying an average of around $3.44 per gallon.
“Which is about $1.30 more than we were paying this time last year,” he said.
At the Williston Rest Stop on I-89, Ken White of Milton called the high price of gas “a necessary evil.”
“I mean no one likes to pay higher prices at the pump, but there is no way around it,” he said. “Hopefully what the president did this morning, releasing the reserves will help. But unfortunately I think the higher prices are here to stay.”
AAA’s Goodman said there will be a record number travelers of flying, driving and getting on trains to visit family and friends this week.
“We are expecting a 15% increase of overall travel compared to last year,” he said.