“Work Like the Devil” and “Using Every Tool” – What President Biden Forgets As Gasoline Prices Soar

In two separate press conferences this month, President Joe Biden has told the American people that his administration is fully focused on addressing the high price of gasoline that drivers are paying at the pump, but this ignores the major actions Biden took last year that have impacted domestic energy production.

Two weeks ago, President Biden delivered remarks on the economy, inflation, and energy costs and said:

“I’m going to work like the devil to bring gas prices down…”

Then yesterday, the president addressed the crisis in Ukraine and its impact on the energy sector and stated:

“As we respond, my administration is using every tool at our disposal to protect American businesses and consumers from rising prices at the pump.”

As the New York Post reported last week, gasoline prices continued their upward march recently:

“As of [Feb. 17], the average price of a gallon of gasoline stood at $3.52 nationally — or 22 cents more than it cost a month ago and more than $1 additional per gallon when compared to a year ago.”

Despite these pledges, President Biden forgets that he kicked off his presidency a year ago with a double whammy against the U.S. oil and natural gas industry that’s only served to undermine a robust supply of domestic energy.

The day he was sworn into office in January 2021, Biden cancelled the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Then a week later, President Biden halted oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands, and despite a judge’s ruling against this illegal ban, his administration continues to slow walk new lease sales.

Further undermining investment confidence in America’s energy sector, Democrats on Capitol Hill repeatedly pushed for a tax on natural gas in the stalled Build Back Better legislation.

Most recently, an injunction on the President’s social cost of carbon has resulted in another halt to permitting and leasing on federal lands.

It’s the reason that members of Congress, industry leaders, and energy policymakers are questioning the president’s promises to “work like the devil” and use “every tool at our disposal” to bring down gasoline and energy costs and are warning of increased dependence on Russia.

As the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s Dan Naatz and Western Energy Alliance’s Kathleen Sgamma said in a recent op ed that detailed a short list of actions the president could take to alleviate prices:

“Our nation’s producers have a proven record of outstanding results supplying America and the world with abundant energy resources, while at the same time protecting the environment and our nation’s public lands. No need to reinvent the wheel Mr. President. Just let us do our work and the United States and the world will benefit.”

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