Baltimoreans like Marcell Allen were already starting to feel pain at the pump on the morning of March 8, the same day President Biden announced a ban on Russian oil due to their invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Stephanie Harper)

By Stephanie Harper,
Special to the AFRO

Baltimore residents are dealing with the economic fallout of the conflict currently taking place on the Russian-Ukrainian border, roughly 5,500 miles away.

On March 8, President Joe Biden announced legislation to “ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States.” 

A statement released from the White House, claimed that the move was “a significant action with widespread bipartisan support that will further deprive President Putin of the economic resources he uses to continue his needless war of choice.” 

Though the move will undoubtedly impact the Russian economy in the days coming, it is already negatively affecting the pockets of Baltimoreans.

“It’s outrageous,” said Ahmad Jones, 38, a pharmaceutical scientist from Baltimore. “It’s almost $70 to fill up my tank and as a parent I have to use my car. It’s becoming a bill instead of an every now and then thing.” 

Gas prices hit $4.15 on Reisterstown Rd. and Druid Park Dr., and the Shell in the 1700 block of Russell St. advertised regular gas at $4.20 a gallon by Tuesday afternoon.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gas was $3.53 a gallon the week of Feb. 22 and $3.60 a gallon the week of Feb. 28. Prices soared to $4.10 a gallon the week beginning March 7, representing a 49 cent jump in price since February 28 and a $1.33 jump in prices since this time last year. 

“Having a vehicle that requires premium gas makes it difficult to decide on where to go,” said Marcell Allen, a 33-year-old real estate agent, Baltimore. “Now, my errands are saved for one day out of the week to reserve gas.”

In addition to banning oil from Russia, Biden and other world leaders have begun seizing the property of Russian oligarchs. The economic sanctions from America and countries of the European Union are meant to make Russian Vladimir Putin rethink his invasion of Ukraine. 

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