(RightWing.org) – A recent report by the American Automobile Association showed that gas prices have risen to their highest point in seven years, reaching a national average of $3.26 per gallon as of October 8. Year on year, prices rose more than a dollar, and in some places, gasoline reached more than $5 per gallon. However, the White House appears blind to the harm those prices present to hard-working Americans.
On Wednesday, October 6, reporters asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki at her daily press conference how the administration planned to address fuel shortages at the upcoming Glasgow Climate Change Summit. She responded that the need to address the effects of climate change outweigh keeping gas prices low. According to her, global warming is one of the “greatest national security crises” facing the nation.
Continuing, Psaki blamed destruction left in the wake of last month’s Hurricane Ida for gas shortages in the US because it hit a critical region for the nation’s oil and fuel production and refining infrastructure.
Psaki claimed the Biden administration was working to address issues related to the hurricane, including the possibility of authorizing the release of millions of barrels from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve exchanges. She also said the administration reached out to the Federal Trade Commission to ensure they adequately monitor the US gas market and push back against any unlawful price-gouging.
Ultimately, current shortages and price trends could force the White House to choose between achieving lower gas prices or addressing climate change. Which will they choose?
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