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On the morning of Election Day 2020, candidate Joe Biden returned to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, reinforcing his myth of working-class roots.
On Day One of his presidency, Biden rolled back three Trump administration energy policies crucial to working-class households.
Keystone Pipeline worker: "On Joe Biden's first day in office, he killed thousands of American jobs."
Cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline was just the beginning of Biden's attack on energy prices.
Over the last 12 months, they have increased 25%.
AAA reports gasoline prices, specifically, have increased nearly 50%.
So while college graduates worked from home and saved on gasoline, working-class Americans driving to their jobs in construction, restaurants and grocery stores saw their transportation costs shoot up by over $1 per gallon.
Ohio senator Rob Portman, regarding an oil pipeline attack: "This is potentially the most substantial and damaging attack on U.S. critical infrastructure ever."
And now, a gas pipeline along the East Coast has been hacked.
Lether Kerney: "I had a half a tank of gas, so when it got to $25, I starting looking to see what was going on, and after I got to $30, I was like: 'Oh my God.'"
Exploding energy costs impact nearly every aspect of the economy, including food.
Without question, the COVID crisis has exacerbated the demand for help putting food on the table.
The cost of groceries, the food you eat at home, has increased by 3.7% compared to a year ago.
Americans who eat bacon and eggs for breakfast may have to rethink their menus. The greatest increase in food prices is for meat, including eggs.
Media comment: "Meat price increases are currently being driven by high feed costs and strong domestic and international demand."
Experts say increases in food prices are likely to trend upward as commodity prices continue to rise for corn, soybeans and wheat.