At a national average of $3.36 a gallon, gas prices in the U.S. are nearly a dollar higher than at this point last year. With expectations of $4 a gallon prices by spring, some lawmakers, including Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska are placing the blame squarely on the Biden administration calling it "feckless behavior."
“It's the war on energy, by the way. It's a religion for some of the folks on the left - or dogma anyway. But it jacked up those prices and folks felt their gas tanks know it. And it impacts more than just gas, it impacts the price of bacon. All of the things that we buy in the stores, it all goes up and energy goes up. And it's the number one issue right now in America,” Bacon told an audience at an Americans For Tax Reform event Wednesday in Washington D.C.
Bacon made the comments after a screening of the MRC mini-documentary “Killing Keystone” which focuses on the impact of Biden’s executive order to pull the permits for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and to reverse the course of American energy independence.
“Energy independence is critical for national security and for the first time since the 1950’s - two years ago - we gained that energy independence under President Trump. So how do we do that? We expanded all of the above. We expanded drilling. We expanded multiple areas of energy production. And so in this case - basically the day that President Biden came and he cancelled a lot of the drilling permits that we would have - so (Biden) reduced the production that we were going to have in the future, cut the pipeline.”
“But on top of that, he's (Biden) asking OPEC to drill more. I mean, it's just so we look for energy independence of begging OPEC to drill more oil to lower our fuel prices. It's just - it's terrible policy. It's terrible for our national security. It's feckless behavior.”