May 12, 2021

Gas Shortage Showcases Biden's Bad Policies

  • Executive, Flyover Country

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Gas stations across the Southeast are running out of gasoline due to a pipeline being hacked -- but the real issue stems from President Biden’s policies concerning oil and gas. One of his first actions as president was to rescind the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and he has supported a pause on new drilling permits on federal land. 

The Background:

Millions of Americans lined up at gas stations this week, rushing to fill up on gasoline as word quickly spread of a gas shortage. Colonial Pipeline was the target of a cyberattack, resulting in a shutdown as the company rushed to handle the situation. 

The Biden administration has not given direction to the company on how to handle cyberattacks, despite the fact that the gas shortage is affecting a large portion of the United States. Multiple states declared a state of emergency. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) stated,"The Biden administration needs to take this seriously.Their initial response is, 'Oh, this is a private pipeline,' and just shrug their shoulders. This is important infrastructure for our country, and it could impact our economy greatly if they don't respond."

The Biden administration’s policies regarding oil and gas have played a part in the rapidly rising price of gasoline, as well. Biden quickly moved to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as supported a sixty-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas drilling permits and leases on federal land. His actions have resulted in more dependency on outside countries for oil, weakening the United States’ ability to be self-sufficient and thereby making them dependent on countries who have anti-American agendas.

David Blackmon from Forbes stated, “Since last November 3, the average price per gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has skyrocketed by 75 cents. The markets clearly see the Biden/Harris administration as one that will work to inhibit U.S. oil production, which will also have the effect of tightening the global market, and traders have responded by driving up the price of crude oil.”

Instead of acting swiftly to help the Colonial Pipeline, the Biden administration has stated that it cannot fix the situation, and has blamed gas prices on COVID-19.

Notable Quotes:

“Why hasn't [Biden] come out and made some big sweeping statement about how they'll get to the bottom of this, this will never happen again in America? It's really crazy that you really haven't heard that much and they don't really have a great solution. ‘Well, it'll figure itself out.’ That's not good enough for the American people.” - Lara Trump

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