Gas prices are soaring nationwide and reaching record highs in places like California, and according to one prominent Republican senator, none of this is happening by accident.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) argued that President Joe Biden, together with others in his party, are creating the necessary conditions for skyrocketing prices at the pump in order to further a radical environmentalist agenda.
As evidence of his theory, Cotton pointed to conversations he has had with everyday Americans who have told him that with increasing frequency, they are unable to fill their tanks fully for the week, settling for a half a tank in hopes that the price will drop after a period of days, and according to the senator, this is the result of a deliberate Biden administration strategy.
“That, in particular, is the intended effect of Joe Biden’s energy policy,” Cotton opined, adding, “It’s not unintended or some accident. They want gas to cost $4 a gallon because they want all of us to get out of pickup trucks and SUVs and get into small electric compacts or bicycles or scooters or whatever else [Transportation Secretary] Pete Buttigieg takes to work.”
Cotton went on to assail the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which Biden was set to sign on Monday, and its provisions designed to fund a heavy push toward electric cars as alternatives to those powered by fossil fuel.
Asserting that Biden’s sweeping spending proposals are going to worsen the inflation that is already causing substantial economic strain, Cotton declared, “You cannot print trillions of dollars in money on the one hand and also pay people not to work and not to produce the stuff that we need to buy and not expect the price to increase as fast as it has in 30 years.”
The senator warned that circumstances for everyday Americans will continue to deteriorate “as long as the Democrats pursue their reckless inflationary policies,” adding, “I hear it today; I hear it all across Arkansas. People can’t find the turkeys and the fixings for Thanksgiving. If they can, they can barely afford it.”
Looking ahead to the 2022 midterm elections, Cotton expressed a healthy optimism, noting that Democrats did not take the lessons of recent elections in Virginia and New Jersey – in which their candidates were either defeated or survived unexpectedly close contests – to heart.
“The message that voters sent all across the country – not just in Virginia, but all across the country – was: stop the madness. Stop it with the shutdowns and the lockdowns, stop the indoctrination of kids, stop the madness at the border, and stop the trillion-dollar spending plans that are just going to make inflation and supply chain problems even worse,” said Cotton, offering a real sense of hope that conservatives everywhere are prepared to stand up and be heard next fall and again in 2024.