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President Biden said the country is going through an “incredible transition” from fossil fuels due to high oil prices nationwide.
Biden made a statement on natural gas prices during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday.
“This is the situation. We are going through an incredible transition when it comes to gas prices and God forbid, when it ends, we will be stronger and the world will be stronger and less dependent Fossil fuels. It’s over,” Biden said, appearing to justify or praise those sky-high prices Americans face when they refuel.
Biden’s remarks came as the AAA said oil prices had hit record highs that were “unprecedented.”
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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $4.56 as of Monday, more than $0.40 higher than a month ago.
However, in parts of the United States, including California, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline hit $6.06 on Monday.
Biden added at a news conference on Monday that his administration had taken steps to prevent further price increases, such as the release of 1 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
“And what can I do to prevent it from getting worse – it sucks. I told you the price of gas at the gas station – you heard me say it before – when I was a kid, it was Will be a good discussion at my kitchen table. It affects a lot of families,” Biden said.
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“But we have released more than 200,000 barrels of oil, I think, I should say 57,000 barrels. We persuaded us and the rest of the world to get involved. It helped, but not enough,” he added.
The White House has blamed rising gas prices in part because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling it a “Putin gas station.”
“Let me start by saying that Americans are paying a higher price for fueling because of President Putin’s actions,” then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in March. “It was Putin’s swipe at the gas station, not our sanctions.”
Biden’s remarks on Monday were met with derision from several Republicans, who said the president is now “speaking out loud about the quiet part.”
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“They’re speaking out about the quiet part right now. They make you miserable because it’s all part of their aggressive agenda,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
Biden crafted some anti-energy policies in his first hours in office, including canceling the Keystone XL pipeline that transports more than 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Canada to Texas, and a “pause” on oil and gas leases . federal land. The Biden administration has also canceled several federal oil and gas lease sales, some of which were most recently amid a surge in natural gas prices this month.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano, Kyle Morris, Jon Brown and Breck Dumas contributed to this report.