DeSantis: Biden “Doesn’t Care” About Gas Prices as He Cancels Gas Lease Sales While Americans “Struggling” at Pump

May 12, 2022 Updated 11:28 AM ET

President Joe Biden (left, Instagram @joebiden) and Governor Ron DeSantis (right, Instagram @rondesantisfl)
President Joe Biden (left, Instagram @joebiden) and Governor Ron DeSantis (right, Instagram @rondesantisfl)

May 12, 2022 Updated 11:28 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis remarked Thursday that President Biden “doesn’t care” about Americans “struggling” to pay at the pump as the Biden Administration canceled oil and gas lease sales. 

“Americans are struggling with record gas prices – up over 50% since Biden took office – but he doesn’t care. Rather than expand domestic energy production, he continues to reduce U.S. production capacity (increasing our reliance on foreign oil) by canceling our oil & gas leases,” DeSantis said on Twitter.

As Florida’s average gas price hits $4.32 a gallon, the Biden Administration has canceled oil and gas lease sales in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Due to lack of industry interest in leasing in the area, the Department will not move forward with the proposed Cook Inlet OCS oil and gas lease sale 258,” a DOI spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement Thursday.  

The lease would have reportedly allowed the potential drilling for oil in more than 1 million acres in Alaska’s Cook Inlet with two lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico. President Biden has said inflation and high gas prices are due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

“Yesterday Americans paid the highest price for gasoline in history,” said Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. “At the same time Biden just cancelled our largest pending American oil & gas lease sale.”

As of Thursday, the national average for gas is $4.41, according to AAA

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