DeSantis Calls Out Biden for Claiming High Gas Prices an ‘Incredible Transition’ as Florida Gas Hike Reaches Record High

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

May 25, 2022 Updated 8:53 AM ET

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May 25, 2022 Updated 8:51 A.M. ET

HAVANA (FLV) – Florida’s average price for gas once again hit another record high a day after Gov. Ron DeSantis called out President Joe Biden Monday for claiming high gas prices are an “incredible transition” for the country.

“When it comes to the gas prices, we are going through an incredible transition that God willing when it’s over we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” Biden said Monday. 

Florida’s average price for gas soared to record highs at $4.57 per gallon Tuesday. The previous record for the state came in mid-May at $4.49 per gallon. 

“I just have to disagree, you know, with the President saying that this is somehow an incredible opportunity to have this transition,” DeSantis said. “Fact of the matter is, this is really punishing a lot of people at the pump. It’s very difficult to afford. What are you going to do just not go to work all of a sudden? I mean, people are basically stuck with having to pay these prices.” 

DeSantis said he hopes the Biden Administration will not view these high prices as “an incredible thing.” The national average for gas in the United States is $4.59 per gallon.

“Because the fact of the matter is, right now at this time, you can’t just run an economy on solar and wind,” DeSantis said. “But you can’t do that at the exclusion of making sure people have access to affordable energy.”

The Governor expects gas prices will be over $5 a gallon this summer. DeSantis recently enacted a gas tax holiday that goes into effect October 1st, reducing the tax by $0.25 per gallon.

Governor DeSantis has previously said the President “doesn’t care” about high gas prices after the Biden Administration canceled some oil and gas lease sales. President Biden has said inflation and high gas prices are due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

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