search
Sections List
American Journal News

After complaining about gas prices, Republicans attack Biden for working to reduce them

GOP lawmakers are mad that Biden is releasing some of the federal petroleum supply to reduce fuel costs ahead of the holidays.

By Josh Israel - November 23, 2021
Share
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)

For months, Republicans in Congress have been complaining that President Joe Biden isn’t doing enough to reduce energy prices. Now, they are attacking him for taking too much action to reduce energy prices.

Biden announced Tuesday that he will release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves and that other countries have agreed to make similar moves, in an effort to lower gasoline prices and curb inflation before the holidays.

GOP lawmakers quickly attacked him for it, suggesting it was “political” and won’t be a panacea.

“President Biden’s decision to tap America’s strategic reserves—which will release just 3 days’ worth of oil onto the market—is not about a real solution to our energy crisis,” tweeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “It is a crass political ploy just 3 days ahead of Thanksgiving.”

“Joe Biden is only pretending to care about the cost of gas because his poll numbers have collapsed,” charged Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.

Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves accused Biden of “doubling down on stupid and exacerbating a crisis with another bad policy.”

“American consumers are feeling the impact of elevated gas prices at the pump and in their home heating bills, and American businesses are, too, because oil supply has not kept up with demand as the global economy emerges from the pandemic,” the Biden administration said in a press release. “That’s why President Biden is using every tool available to him to work to lower prices and address the lack of supply.”

It noted that the president “stands ready to take additional action, if needed, and is prepared to use his full authorities working in coordination with the rest of the world to maintain adequate supply as we exit the pandemic.”

Biden’s action came after Republicans have complained for months that gas prices are higher now than they were a year ago — when demand was way down due to people staying home to curb the spread of COVID-19. They have falsely claimed that this is somehow the president’s fault.

“The cost of gasoline has surged to the highest price since 2014, a time when Biden was last serving in office,” McCarthy (R-CA) said in July. “President Biden’s disastrous energy policies have decimated American energy independence and increased costs for the American people.”

But energy experts say that, contrary to GOP lies, supply and demand are why gas prices are back up.

“We can thank just about everything that we’re seeing now on the fact that COVID stifled consumer demand long enough that it caused prices to collapse, which caused production to collapse,” petroleum analyst Patrick De Haan told a Washington, D.C., radio station in October.

Experts also predict that international efforts to release more oil will help reduce costs a bit in the short term.

While the GOP has blamed Biden for the rising costs of fossil fuels, it has also fought against his efforts to increase the availability of clean, renewable energy.

Last week, House Republicans unanimously opposed his $1.75 trillion Build Back Better jobs package. If enacted, it would invest $555 billion in clean energy and climate change infrastructure in what the administration calls “the largest single investment in our clean energy economy in history, across buildings, transportation, industry, electricity, agriculture, and climate-smart practices across lands and waters.”

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation. 


AJ News
Get the latest news here first.

Tai News

Newsletter
Read More
AJ News
Latest
Texas governor and attorney general do little to curb state’s chemical plant crisis

Texas governor and attorney general do little to curb state’s chemical plant crisis

By Jesse Valentine - December 08, 2023
Likely GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde proposed tax hike for poorer workers and retirees

Likely GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde proposed tax hike for poorer workers and retirees

By Jesse Valentine - December 07, 2023
Whitmer signs specific criminal penalties for assaulting health care workers into law

Whitmer signs specific criminal penalties for assaulting health care workers into law

By Anna Liz Nichols, Michigan Advance - December 06, 2023
105 Republicans voted to expel Santos for things Trump has also done

105 Republicans voted to expel Santos for things Trump has also done

By Jesse Valentine - December 05, 2023
For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another Trump term is another chance to kill Obamacare

For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another Trump term is another chance to kill Obamacare

By Jesse Valentine - December 04, 2023
Florida Sen. Rick Scott backs Donald Trump in revived push to repeal Obamacare

Florida Sen. Rick Scott backs Donald Trump in revived push to repeal Obamacare

By Jesse Valentine - November 30, 2023
Tate Reeves took donations from power company that hiked customer rates

Tate Reeves took donations from power company that hiked customer rates

By Jesse Valentine - November 06, 2023
Daniel Cameron ran on depoliticizing the Kentucky AG’s office. He made it more political.

Daniel Cameron ran on depoliticizing the Kentucky AG’s office. He made it more political.

By Jesse Valentine - November 03, 2023
Republican operatives sound every alarm on current trajectory of 2023 governor’s race

Republican operatives sound every alarm on current trajectory of 2023 governor’s race

By Adam Ganucheau, Mississippi Today - October 24, 2023
Wisconsin’s fake electors settle lawsuit, acknowledge Biden won in 2020

Wisconsin’s fake electors settle lawsuit, acknowledge Biden won in 2020

By Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner - December 06, 2023
NH Supreme Court closes door on partisan gerrymandering cases, taking lead from SCOTUS

NH Supreme Court closes door on partisan gerrymandering cases, taking lead from SCOTUS

By Ethan DeWitt, New Hampshire Bulletin - December 05, 2023
Missouri abortion-rights amendments face ‘torturous’ process to make it to 2024 ballot

Missouri abortion-rights amendments face ‘torturous’ process to make it to 2024 ballot

By Anna Spoerre, Kansas City Star - December 05, 2023