Energy prices are at an all-time high. The number of New Hampshirites who apply for heating assistance when the weather cools has increased from last year. This development could cause problems for Democrats in swing states during the midterm elections.
Southern New Hampshire Services is a state-based nonprofit that provides rental and heating assistance. It has already received 6,000 requests from residents in need of help to pay their energy bills. That’s an increase of 1,500 over last year, the local ABC affiliate WMUR reported.
“Prices have been rising. Ryan Clouthier (deputy director), said that prices are increasing across all fuel levels. People should expect an increase in their bills. It will happen.”
Southern New Hampshire Services expects to receive more than 15,000 heating assistance applications this season. Granite Staters’ struggles under rising fuel prices is bad news to Sen. Maggie Hassan and other vulnerable Democrats, who are acutely aware that energy costs can be a liability to her campaign.
Hassan has publicly criticised President Joe Biden’s energy policies and distanced herself from the administration’s green agenda, which many blame for record high prices.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has a history in pushing green policies such as gas taxes, called it “frustrating “…” in June.