President Biden is taking little responsibility for his role in America’s skyrocketing gas prices.
When the president was asked what message he had for Americans facing higher prices at the gas pump, Biden had few words of encouragement, and instead said that the price of gas would continue to rise.
Biden put the blame at the foot of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, saying that there was not much he could do.
Biden made the comments while arriving in Fort Worth, with his words in Texas reflecting those made earlier in the day, when he called gas price hikes “Putin’s price hike.”
“Putin’s war is already hurting American families at the gas pump. Since Putin began his military buildup on Ukrainian borders, just since then, the price of the gas at the pump in America and 75 cents. And with this action, it’s going to go up further. I’m going to do everything I can to minimize Putin’s price hike here at home,” the president told Americans.
Biden made especially clear that the rise at the pumps was not his fault, saying that those claiming that his administration’s policies were holding back domestic energy production were lying.
“That’s simply not true,” said the president, as gas prices in the US rose to their highest price ever. “Even amid the pandemic companies in the United States pumped more oil during my first year in office than they did during my predecessor’s first year. We’re approaching record levels of oil and gas production United States, and we’re on track to set a record for oil production next year.”
“In the United States, 90 percent of onshore oil production takes place on land that isn’t owned by the federal government. And of the remaining 10 percent that occurs on federal land, the oil and gas industry has millions of acres leased. They have 9000 permits to drill now, they could be drilling right now, yesterday, last week, last year. They have 900 to drill onshore that are already approved,” he said.
“So let me be clear, they are not using them for production. Now, that’s their decision. These are the facts. We should be honest about the facts,” he added.
Prices have increased from $3.619 per gallon last month to $4.173 per gallon.