Eleven Senate Democrats have written a letter to President Biden, urging him to take action on soaring gas prices. Will he take be able to alleviate the pain at the pump? Probably not. But it’s worth a shot. The average gas price is $3.42 per gallon, $1.31 more than last year, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
According to the Daily Wire, “In the letter, released by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Democrats urge Biden to explore all available options, including banning crude oil exports and opening the National Strategic Petroleum Reserve, to help lower the cost to consumers at the pump. It was also signed by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).”
“We share the administration’s concerns that the decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and others to purposefully manipulate gas prices by constraining supply, as well as the choice of domestic leaseholders and producers to continue to export U.S. petroleum, threaten to send already record prices even higher,” the letter read.
“Continued U.S. exports and overseas supply collusion could be devastating to many in our states, contributing to higher bills for American families and businesses,” it added.
Earlier this week, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre failed to propose any solution to the crisis during a recent press conference.
When a reporter asked Jean-Pierre what can be done – other than tapping strategic reserves – the Deputy Press Secretary didn’t have anything encouraging to say.
“You know, we have — we don’t have an announcement yet on anything — anything to share at this time,” she responded. “You know, but we’re monitoring it. Right? We’re monitoring the prices and we’re making sure that we have tools in our toolbelts that we can — we can — we can try and use. But at this time, I don’t have anything new to share.”