By Lydia Nusbaum
June 17, 2022 Updated 9:30 A.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked President Joe Biden this week for his policies in response and leading up to the country’s soaring gas prices and continual inflation.
The Biden administration announced Tuesday it would release 45 million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The administration’s goal is to release one million barrels of crude oil a day for six months to address the gas price hikes they blame on Putin’s war on Ukraine.
“Releasing barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, that is not an energy policy. That is a political move trying to ‘cya’ so people don’t blame you as much,” DeSantis said June 15th. “Although they do blame him because they are smart.”
The Governor is concerned that the country may need those oil reserves in the future.
“Very, very reckless to be doing that,” DeSantis said. “It has not made a dent in the price.”
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The Biden administration called on U.S. oil refiners to produce more gasoline and blamed high gas prices on their lack of production and Putin’s war.
The Governor also pointed out that oil companies struggle to put capital down to expand capacity when the Biden administration has previously said and shown it wants to shut down production.
“When you say you’re going to shut down the industry, who’s going to put capital down to want to expand there when the federal government is going to try to kneecap you?” DeSantis questioned.
At a Thursday press conference, DeSantis wants the country to be “energy dependent” and lead the world in production. He wants additional pipelines built.
“We’ve got to start putting the people first over the ideology of the ruling class and the governing elites,” he said.
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