President Joe Biden prompted chatter amongst conservatives following a press conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after his comments about the rising gas prices.
The president seemed to admit that the growing stress due to gas prices was part of a plan to move the United States away from dependence on oil and toward green energy, according to a report by The Daily Caller.
A reporter asked the president, outright, if a recession was inevitable in the United States due to rising costs.
“When it comes to the gas prices,” the president stammered for a moment. “We’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that God willing when it’s over we’ll be stronger, and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over.”
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Following his answer to that question, Biden mentioned the United States’ decision to try to stop the clime of the prices of gas by releasing 180 million barrels of oil from emergency stockpiles in late March, but admitted that has not yet been effective.
Other actions by the Biden administration have appeared to work against the same goal, with the Biden administration moving to cancel the three remaining offshore oil and gas lease sales last week, including the Cook Inlet in Alaska and two in the Gulf of Mexico.
The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Richard Spinrad, said that the backlog in permitting that is said to have contributed to the lack of permits for the drilling was due to a miscalculation a sub-agency found, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported,
That, however, does not lessen the burden on Americans who are suffering under the weight of $4.59 as the national average for a gallon of gasoline, compared to $4.11 in April, according to AAA.