The Biden administration has been busy in recent days shifting accountability for sharply increasing gas prices away from White House policies crippling domestic energy production. The president has been blaming an unstable global oil market rather than his actions, including killing the Keystone XL Pipeline, closing domestic oil and gas production on public land, and other measures.
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott took to Twitter on August 11, telling the White House that “Texas can do this.” Abbott said that Texas energy producers could easily meet oil demand if the administration will “just stay out of the way.”
The governor added that American workers should produce the oil that can lower energy prices, not OPEC.
He attached the August 11 statement of Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, which indicated rising gasoline prices risk the world’s economic recovery. Sullivan lamented reductions in OPEC oil production and said that the administration talks with OPEC members to set oil prices. He added that OPEC must “do more” to support the recovery.
The U.S. had lost the energy independence achieved for the first time under President Donald Trump when the country could end its reliance on foreign suppliers who have often been adversarial to the U.S. and its allies.
Since President Biden assumed office, gas prices have been increasing, reaching a national average of $3.19 per gallon earlier this month. Gas costs $1.01 per gallon more on average than at this time a year ago. On August 10, gasoline demand nationwide rose 2.5 percent from the prior week and 2.6 percent over the average of the preceding four weeks.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) reacted harshly to the Biden administration’s hope that OPEC will increase oil production to meet U.S. demand, blasting the move as “stupid” and “anti-American.”
Patrick De Haan of GasBuddy said on August 12 that increasing domestic production would favorably affect the price of gas “without a doubt.” He also noted the Biden administration’s hypocrisy in shuttering much of America’s domestic oil production immediately upon taking office and now “crawling” to OPEC “on our hands and knees.”