To deflect blame from his own energy policies, particularly for the steep costs that Americans are paying at the pump, Biden claims gas station owners are price gouging.
“To the businesses that run gas stations and set prices at the pump, I have a message: this is a time of war and global crisis,” Biden tweeted on Sunday. “Lower your gasoline price to reflect the cost you’re paying for it. And do it promptly.”
The US Oil and Gas Association posted this response on Twitter:
“Working on it Mr. President,” the association wrote. “In the meanwhile, have a good 4th, and please ensure that the White House intern that posted this tweet enrolls in Economics 101 for the fall semester.”
The group also tweeted about the value of utilizing America’s abundant energy resources.
“The inscription on the U.S. Capitol is: Let us develop our lands resources, call on its powers, build its institutions up, advance all of its great interests, and see if we may not do something worth remembering in our day and generation.”— Daniel Webster.
Other domestic energy advocates, including Western Energy, joined in the criticism:
“Oil industry has all it needs,” according to the Department of State: ‘‘Reality: What we require is a partner in the Biden Administration, rather than months-long blaming and overreaching rules like the SECG climate disclosure rule,” Western Energy tweeted.
Biden’s response on the country’s energy problems, as reported by Fox Business:
“Biden has tried to shift the blame for the rise in gas prices to Russian President Vladimir Putin, referring to it as the “Putin’s Price Hike,” a phrase used repeatedly by the White House. Despite his campaign pledge to accept responsibility and not accuse others.”
“Biden’s call for action comes after a failed presidential effort to institute a 90-day gas tax holiday, that was turned down by even the Democratic lawmakers as too far-fetched.”
“During his presidential campaign, Biden promised to give up the energy boom, cheap prices, and even jobs in order to push his environmental agenda.”
The disagreement has arisen as gas prices reached an all-time high of $5.02 per gallon in June. The national average cost of a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $4.81 on Monday, according to AAA. That’s 10 cents less than last week but still 54 percent more expensive than last year at this time.