On Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris claimed that the Biden administration had lowered electricity prices for American families, despite data indicating the opposite.
At Bowie State University in Maryland, Harris noted that the White House’s efforts to reduce costs have resulted in lower electricity bills.
She said, “For working families, we have reduced heating and electricity bills so folks have more money in their pocket to buy things like school supplies, replace the dishwasher, or take a family vacation.”
However, the Daily Wire fact-checked Harris by reporting that the national average price of electricity has increased by 24% since President Joe Biden assumed office, from $0.136 per kilowatt-hour in January 2021 to $0.168 per kilowatt-hour in January 2023. Until March 2022, electricity costs had remained relatively stable, never exceeding $0.150 per kilowatt-hour, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Between January 2021 and January 2023, the northeastern U.S. saw its power prices rise 39%, from $0.169 per kilowatt-hour to $0.235 per kilowatt-hour, while western and midwestern cities saw their prices rise 17% and 15%, respectively.
Utility natural gasoline prices have increased even more dramatically since January 2021: they rose 63% between January 2021 and January 2023, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Western cities’ utility gas prices increased 112%, while midwestern and northeastern cities’ prices rose 55% and 47%.
It appears as though Vice President Kamala Harris’s claim that the White House is responsible for lowering electricity costs was not backed up by the facts. In fact, data shows that the national average of electricity prices have increased 24% since Joe Biden became president in 2021. This once again calls into question whether or not this administration is actually equipped to handle America’s needs and if they should seek reelection come 2024.