President Biden appears to be praising high gas prices as an ‘incredible transition’ Americans have to go through

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President Biden said the country was going through an “incredible transition” away from fossil fuels via high nationwide gas prices.

Biden made the statement on gasoline prices during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday.

“Here is the situation. And when it comes to gas prices, we are going through an incredible transition that is happening and, God willing, when this is over we will be stronger and the world will be stronger and less dependent from fossil fuels when it’s over,” Biden said, appearing to justify or praise these sky-high prices Americans face at the pumps.

Biden’s comments come amid a string of record-breaking gas prices that the American Automobile Association says are “unprecedented.”

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U.S. President Joe Biden attends the Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting at the Akasaka Palace State Guesthouse in Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2022.
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The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline stood at $4.56 on Monday, more than $0.40 more than just a month ago.

In parts of the country like California, however, the average price of a gallon of regular gas hit $6.06 on Monday.

Biden added at Monday’s press conference that his administration had taken steps to prevent the price at the pump from rising even further, such as releasing one million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. .

“And what I’ve been able to do to keep it from getting worse – and that’s bad. The price of gas at the pump is something I’ve told you – you’ve heard me say it before – that would be a big talking point at my kitchen table when I was a kid growing up. It affects a lot of families,” Biden said.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, US, Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

US President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, US, Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
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“But we released over two hundred and I think fifty-seven thousand – million barrels of oil, should I say. We and the rest of the world convinced us to get involved. It helped, but it wasn’t enough.” he added.

The White House has dismissed some blame for the gas price hike following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling it “Putin’s peak at the gas pump”.

Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S., March 9, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S., March 9, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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“Let me first say that Americans are paying a higher price at the pump because of the actions of President Putin,” Jen Psaki, then White House press secretary, told reporters in March. “This is a Putin spike at the gas pump, not the one caused by our sanctions.”

Biden’s comments on Monday were ridiculed by several Republicans who said the president is “now saying the quiet part out loud.”

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“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,” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La, said.

Biden instituted policies that some say are anti-energy during his first hours in office, including the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline that would have transported more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to Texas, and the “suspension » oil and gas leases on federal lands. The Biden administration has also canceled several federal oil and gas lease sales, some as recently as this month amid soaring gas prices.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano, Kyle Morris, Jon Brown and Breck Dumas contributed to this report.

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