Things got tense between Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Hawley pressed Granholm on Biden’s failed energy policies and their effect on gas prices.
Granholm doesn’t think Biden’s policies are to blame —at all; she says “thank the activity of Vladimir Putin.”
Hawley wasn’t buying that line of bull.
“With all due respect, Madame Secretary, that’s utter nonsense,” Hawley said. “The average gas price in my state was $2.07. Eight months later, eight months later, long before Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, that price was up over 30%, and it’s been going up consistently since.”
“What are you doing to reverse this administration’s policies?” Hawley asked.
“It is not the administration policies that have affected supply and demand,” Granholm replied.
Hawley reminded Granholm what Biden has done to affect gas prices and hurt the supply chain.
“Here’s what your president did when he first came to office: he re-entered the Paris Climate Accord; he canceled the Keystone pipeline; he halted leasing programs in ANWR; he issued a 60-day halt on all new oil and gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands and waters —that accounts for 25% of U.S. oil production; he directed federal agencies to eliminate all supports for fossil fuels; he imposed new regulations on oil and gas and methane emissions —and that was just in the first few days. You’re telling me that had no effect?”
Hawley shared the exchange on his Twitter account:
“Missourians are paying $4.10 a gallon for gas and @SecGranholm takes ZERO responsibility – and has zero plan.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 19, 2022
Gas prices have reached record highs every day this week.