As the state gas-tax holiday implemented by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis expires today Nov. 1, the incumbent’s supporters are not letting voters forget why that holiday was needed.
In a pair of tweets on Halloween, the Twitter account DeSantis War Room, which supports the governor, reminded users of Charlie Crist’s support for President Joe Biden’s energy policies — which are broadly responsible for pushing gas to historically high prices.
The first tweet recalled the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s approval of Biden’s executive order halting new federal leases for oil and natural gas wells as a tool to fight climate change.
“I know how important it is to listen to the experts,” Crist tweeted in January 2021 while noting his membership on the House Science Committee. “Applaud President for his commitment to scientific integrity & for raising the profile of federal scientists who deliver the hard facts we need. Time we put truth over politics.”
According to AAA, the average price of gas nationally when Biden signed that order was $2.41 a gallon. On Monday, it was $3.76.
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“Charlie Crist’s old Twitter account has been entirely deleted, but we found this screenshot of him praising Biden for blocking oil & gas leases his first week in office,” DeSantis War Room tweeted.
“This directly caused gas prices to spike, and @CharlieCrist is happy to see you paying more at the pump.”
The account followed that up with a comment by Crist found on his campaign website.
“Between the war in Ukraine, price gouging and record profits from oil companies, and Gov. DeSantis’ refusal to lower taxes, summer was a nightmare for working Floridians at the pump,” said Crist. “Thankfully, the Inflation Reduction Act will put electric vehicles within reach for more and more Floridians who want to make the switch. Pay less?”
In other words, as Crist was complaining about the spike in gas prices, his solution was not to bring down the price at the pump but to promote EVs.
According to the online car retailer YAA.com, the average price for a new electric car in September was $65,291. Not only was that 37 percent higher than a gas-powered car, but it was also 9.7 percent higher than in September 2021.
In other words, again, the price of a new EV was almost 10 percent cheaper months before Biden enacted, and Crist backed the badly misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.
As DeSantis War Room noted of Crist, “If you can’t afford $5 gas, don’t worry, you can just buy a $60,000 EV to save money on gas!”