For as much bungling as President Biden engages in from week to week, there is still no denying that there are cunning elements somewhere within his White House. The only problem seems to be that the wittier folks in the administration are on the reactionary PR team and not on the proactive policy side of the equation.
For instance, as gas prices around the nation hit levels that our nation has never seen before, someone began feeding Biden the idea that it’s the fault of oil refiners, which has now led to a sudden vilification of these corporations by the President.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on U.S. oil refiners to produce more gasoline and diesel, saying their profits have tripled during a time of war between Russia and Ukraine as Americans struggle with record high prices at the pump.Advertisement - story continues below
“The crunch that families are facing deserves immediate action,” Biden wrote in a letter to seven oil refiners. “Your companies need to work with my Administration to bring forward concrete, near-term solutions that address the crisis.”
The oil industry wasn’t going to allow Biden to use them as a pawn in his PR scheme, however.
The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the industry, said in a statement that capacity has been diminished as the Biden administration has sought to move away from fossil fuels as part of its climate change agenda.
“While we appreciate the opportunity to open increased dialogue with the White House, the administration’s misguided policy agenda shifting away from domestic oil and natural gas has compounded inflationary pressures and added headwinds to companies’ daily efforts to meet growing energy needs while reducing emissions,” API CEO Mike Sommers said in a statement.
Sommers added, “I reinforced in a letter to President Biden and his Cabinet yesterday ten meaningful policy actions to ultimately alleviate pain at the pump and strengthen national security, including approving critical energy infrastructure, increasing access to capital, holding energy lease sales, among other urgent priorities.”
While Biden’s polling numbers obviously demand some drastic drivel from within the administration, it appears as though attempting to blame the oil industry for rising gas prices is just another misstep by an already-embarrassed White House.