It is not entirely unreasonable to blame the high price of gas on the election of Joe Biden as President.
What’s not true, however, is the contention that his administration in any way is working to slow oil drilling or pipelines. The cancellation of Keystone XL, widely (and falsely) trumpeted as a win for the environment, didn’t change prices at the pump even a little.
Fox News is blaming Biden; MSNBC’s blaming the war in Ukraine. CNN is talking about sanctions on Russia that aren’t even in place yet, and pundits are bringing up factors ranging from COVID restrictions lifting to supply chain economics. There are even some perfectly reasonable references to the now-defunct Keystone XL pipeline.
Regardless of how reasonable it all sounds, none of this is responsible for gas prices spiking almost $2 a gallon in the past month, and saying it is diverts attention from the real problem, and what it is we actually can do about it.
If you missed the headlines over the weekend… well, as usual, you didn’t miss much. To no-one’s real surprise, the threat of filibuster was only a threat, and Mitch and Chuck have arrived at a power-sharing agreement. Later today, the Senate will convene as a court rather than a deliberative body, and Senator Patrick Leahy — the President Pro Tem, by tradition the longest-serving member of the majority party in the Senate — is expected to preside over Donald Trump’s second impeachment.
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