Oil Economics Could Sway The US Election

(MENAFN- Asia Times) Oil continues to influence global economics and Politics like no other finite natural resource. In the 2024 US presidential election, the strategic commodity will be an important domestic issue.

As the biggest producer and consumer of oil on the planet , the US has a particularly strong relationship with the black stuff. And the candidates know it.

Donald trump has promised to “drill, drill, drill” and reportedly courted the financial backing of industry giants. Those giants have responded by donating US$7.3 million to Trump's campaign – three times more than for his 2020 run.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has attempted to reduce dependence on fossil fuels with his green energy policy and other legislation . Yet at the same time, he has overseen an increase in domestic oil production and promised motorists he will keep petrol prices low .

It's an important promise in the US, a country whose love affair with cars is well known . Out-of-town shopping malls, long highways and a lack of government investment in public transportation have fuelled car dependency, with many cities being designed around huge road systems .

So it is perhaps unsurprising that pump prices are a significant factor influencing voters . Research has even shown that gasoline prices have an“outsized effect” on inflation expectations and consumer sentiment. As fuel prices go up, confidence in the economy goes down.


Asia Times

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