The national average for a gallon of regular gas is a record-high $4.56, and it is much higher in some states.
President Biden stated that the country is undergoing an “incredible transition” away from fossil fuels as a result of the nationwide high gas prices.
During a joint press conference with Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday, Biden made the statement about gas prices.
*U.S. AVERAGE RETAIL GASOLINE PRICE HITS NEW RECORD $4.60 A GALLON – AAA
*EVERYDAY FOR LAST TWO WEEKS – 14 DAYS STRAIGHT – GAS PRICES REACH ALL-TIME RECORD HIGHS – AAA
— NewsWire (@NewsWire_US) May 23, 2022
Biden’s remarks come amid a period of “unprecedented” high gas prices, according to the American Automobile Association.
As of Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gas was $4.56, more than $0.40 higher than a month ago.
However, in some parts of the country, such as California, the average price of regular gas reached $6.06 on Monday.
During the press conference on Monday, Biden added that his administration has taken steps to keep gas prices from rising even further, including the release of 1 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
WATCH → Biden refers to the skyrocketing gas prices as an “incredible transition.”
They’re saying the quiet part out loud now.
They’re causing you pain at the pump because it’s all part of their radical agenda. pic.twitter.com/XOD0P243vC
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 23, 2022
The White House has shifted some of the blame for higher gas prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, referring to it as a “Putin spike at the pump.”
“Let me first say that Americans are paying a higher price at the pump because of the actions of President Putin,” then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in March. “This is a Putin spike at the gas pump, not one prompted by our sanctions.”
Several Republicans mocked Biden’s remarks on Monday, saying that the president is now “saying the quiet part out loud now.”
During his first hours in office, Biden implemented policies that some say are anti-energy, such as canceling the Keystone XL pipeline. It would have moved more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada to Texas, and “paused” oil and gas leases on federal lands. The Biden administration has also canceled a number of federal oil and gas lease sales, some as recently as this month due to the recent increase in gas prices.