Congresswoman: Blame Biden agenda, not oil firms, for rising gas prices

By RaeLynn Ricarte | The Center Square

Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, called out President Joe Biden Wednesday for shifting the blame of surging fuel prices away from his “radical energy policies.”

During an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” McMorris Rodgers told hosts Joe Kernen and Becky Quick that Biden needs to quit deflecting responsibility for the energy crisis that is, in large part, of his own making.

“This administration on day one made clear that they were going to shut down American energy for their own political agenda,” she said. “It is harming Americans, it’s making us less secure, it’s increasing the prices, it’s making it harder for hard-working American families and we need to flip the switch.”

McMorris Rodgers said Biden sent the U.S. down the path toward an energy crisis on his first day in office. After canceling the presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, she said the administration then began preventing energy companies from having any capital expenditures into new production.

As an example, McMorris Rodgers said Biden recently cancelled three oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, removing millions of acres from possible drilling.

Although the president regularly blames Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for record-high gas prices, she pointed out that the cost of fuel was already on the rise when that war began in late February.

McMorris Rodgers expressed concern during her CNBC interview on June 15 that Biden was setting the stage to enact price controls not seen since the 1970s.

“That seems to be the direction they’re signaling with letters that threaten President Biden plans to use “all tools at [his] disposal,” said McMorris Rodgers.

Biden sent a letter Tuesday to seven top oil executives demanding their companies explain the decision to limit refining capacity. He announced that his administration would hold an “emergency meeting” to discuss ways of stemming the crisis.

McMorris Rodgers said there is no evidence oil companies are price gouging Americans at the pump. However, House Democrats passed a bill last month empowering the president to declare an energy emergency and crack down on firms deemed to be price gouging.

McMorris Rodgers and other GOP leaders countered that the administration could end the crisis by approving new drilling leases and other critical infrastructure, such as pipelines.

“When we have panic at the pump because of the surging prices that impact everything, it makes it harder on hardworking Americans,” she said. “It is increasing the cost of food and the administration made it clear on day one that this was their agenda, that they were going to shut down American energy, and it’s time to flip the switch.

In a June 13 interview with Neil Cavuto on FOX News, McMorris Rodgers said the president needs to quit shutting down nuclear and coal plants, or going to dictators around the world to ask them to produce more oil.

Instead, she reiterated that Biden should be working with American energy producers to get more fuel into the marketplace.

Toward that end, she and Congressman Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, have introduced the American Energy Independence from Russia Act.

The legislation would require the president to come up with an energy security plan and take action to unleash America’s oil and natural gas production to offset Russian imports.

This bill would authorize the construction and operation of the Keystone Pipeline free up LNG exports to boost natural gas production, restart oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, and protect energy and mineral development.

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3 thoughts on “Congresswoman: Blame Biden agenda, not oil firms, for rising gas prices

  1. Never forget that Democrats take whatever is fed to them as fact. No better example, of insane environmental demands…that eminate from a handful of well organized & WELL funded groups. These groups control the virulent-enviro-narrative…”The-end- is-near-for-humankind & earth”… It is fed to all politicians, media & schools. Their favorite tactic is “Law-Fare”….They see it as ‘Warfare”…they sue you & tie you up in court…forever. There are two such groups in Montpelier that have controlled much of the rabid enviro narrative – for almost 30 years in VT. .. so look what their breathern rabid enviro groups are doing now…”Law-Fare Activism” – TARGETING DEMOCRAT JOE BIDEN!… to make oil skyrocket even higher over time:

    “Environmental Groups Sue to Block Biden-Approved Oil Leases.
    Lawsuit warns of climate-change impact, harm to ecosystems from drilling permits on federal land”

    It is NOT EXXON’s fault, high oil prices 🙂

  2. And Don’t Blame Putin either… Gas in Russia is 3 bucks a gal, the ruble has
    jumped 40% on the dollar and is the strongest gaining currency.. Their grocery
    shelves are fully stocked at prices we paid 2 years ago.. He has also got the
    biden regime to export 60billion to Ukraine which is loosing the war while the
    Russian Defense spending is only 40billion a year… Wonder why we have 9% inflation now 50 bill on lost weapons, will be 80 bill on Ukr. probably another 80-100 bill to other nations in free aid..

  3. Wow, let’s see it was Trump’s fault, It was Putin’s fault and not the oil company’s fault,
    can this ” feckless ” old fool take the blame for anything he caused ??

    Joe, you and your party’s bitterness for the last administration, you shut down the pipeline
    pulled oil permits, stop drilling and now you have to suck up to the Saudis as you know your
    sinking at the polls …… how pathetic.

    The downward spiral of the nation is on the ” Biden Administration ” shoulders, and we all
    know it and feel it and the ” Buck Stops With You “, and that who we blame !!

    When Biden took office oil/gas was at $2.39 and now it’s $5.00, this is what you get from an
    illegitimate administration.

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