Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is calling out President Joe Biden for using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in a last-ditch effort to curb gas prices before the midterm elections in November.
During a press conference on Thursday Desantis said, “Releasing barrels of oil from the SPR, that is not an energy policy. That is a political move trying to Cover Your A** (CYA) so people don’t blame you as much, although they do blame him because they’re smart, but that’s all that is.”
Continuing Desantis said, “That is not a solution. And honestly, you have, he’s drawing that down if we did have something else happen. We may need to actually use that for other things and we may not have the capacity at that point. So, very, very reckless to be doing that, it has not made a dent in the price at all.”
The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it would be pulling an unprecedented 45 million barrels from the reserve, Reuters reported, adding that the White House launched a plan in March to release one million barrels daily for six months to combat prices.
Clearly, the effort has not given relief drivers at the gas pump. Prices continue to hit record highs, with five dollars being the average price per gallon as of Thursday, according to AAA.
“The American people deserve to know more about DOE’s plan to backfill the SPR. The SPR is intended for emergency supply chain disruptions, not as a top gap to make up for the Biden administration’s war on domestic energy,” House Oversight Committee Republicans wrote in a letter addressed to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on May 26, Fox Business reported.
The Republicans are correct in their concern, as the issue can only really be solved by drilling more oil domestically or putting increased pressure on foreign suppliers to import higher amounts. If there is a natural disaster or another incident that requires the reserve to be used, it will now be depleted to an extent, as Biden used it as a desperately needed Band-Aid solution.
Although DeSantis’ direct call-out of Biden was seen by some as an indicator that he wants to run against the president in 2024, every GOP governor in the United States should be critical of the president’s energy policies.
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