President Joe Biden has abdicated responsibility for the growing energy crisis in the United States, which has seen gas prices skyrocket to historic highs over the last two weeks.
But just two and a half months ago, Biden took credit for a small dip in national gas prices.
What did Biden say this week?
When asked this week about gas prices, Biden said they will continue to increase and denied that he can do anything about it because “Russia is responsible.”
The White House, in fact, has worked to completely shed any responsibility for the problem by referring to increasing gas prices as “Putin’s price hike.”
The Biden administration even released a video on Wednesday explaining why Biden is most definitely not responsible.
The video, featuring White House press secretary Jen Psaki, blamed Russia’s war “as the reason why the global oil markets are disturbed right now and why your gas prices are going up,” repeated misleading claims that oil companies are sitting on 9,000 unused drilling leases, and claimed Biden is doing everything in his power to alleviate the problem, citing only his decision to release oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve.
Of course, the video also pushed “clean energy technologies so that we can rely on that and not President Putin to set the price of gas.” Putin, in fact, does not set the price of oil.
But what did Biden say before?
While taking questions at the White House four days before Christmas, Biden took credit for gas prices dropping just 12 cents.
Speaking about the impact of inflation on middle-class working families, Biden said: “You should be worried about [the cost of inflation] because it’s a devastating thing for people who are working class and middle-class folks. It really hurts.”
“Where is most of the cost now? The cost is finding it in gasoline, even though I was able to bring it down 12 cents a gallon and will come down more, I believe,” Biden added.
According to data from the Energy Information Administration, the average price of all gasoline grades dropped from $3.491 per gallon in November 2021 to $3.406 in December 2021.
Unfortunately, gas prices have skyrocketed almost an entire dollar per gallon since Biden predicted they would continue going down. As of Thursday, the national average price of gas is $4.318 per gallon, according to AAA.