President Joe Biden and officials from the White House were quick to take credit for a decrease in gas price back in December. However, now that it’s spiking to record-high numbers, the Biden administration is doing the opposite.
On Dec. 21, 2021, Biden said that they were “able to bring [gas prices] down 12 cents a gallon,” further stating that they “will come down more, I believe.”
Back then, gas prices were around $3.30 per gallon, according to GasBuddy Data.
A few days before he made his statement, White House officials had a memo circulated among the press, claiming that Biden’s “aggressive actions” to combat the rise in gas prices, which they linked to a 10-cent dip in the price of gas
Soon after that, however, prices continued to climb. By Feb 8., the nationwide average has reached $3.45, per AAA data.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – and the current U.S. administration’s ban on all Russian oil imports – caused high gas prices to spile.
Currently, the nationwide average is at $4.30, and in California, it’s quickly climbing to $5.60, according to GasBuddy data.
The national average now sits at $4.30, and in California, it's rapidly approaching $5.60, according to data from GasBuddy.
Unlike in December, the Biden administration has not taken responsibility for the movement of gas prices.
On Tuesday, the president said it’s “not true” that his administration is hindering domestic energy production. He also warned that the country’s ban on Russian oil imports will “cost” American families.
When asked later about the price of gas, the president acknowledged that it is still rising.
“Can't do much right now. Russia is responsible.”
In an email sent on Wednesday, a White House official told Fox News Digital that the president will do what it takes to lower gas prices. The letter also noted that Biden is coordinating a prelease from the strategic petroleum reserve.