Gas prices are at record highs, and no relief is in sight for motorists. With that in mind, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is not taking his foot off the accelerator when it comes to denouncing President Joe Biden for mismanaging the U.S. economy.
The senator’s comments came in response to remarks by Biden on Monday, during a press conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Biden noted, “When it comes to the gas prices, 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.”
The comment led some on the right to argue that Biden’s policies were driving up prices at the pump to fuel a conversion to electric cars.
Then Biden, in his customary confusing way, added that the way to help bring down gas prices was to boost production of those same fossil fuels that he wants us, “God willing,” to be less reliant on.
“It seems to me the best thing I can do — in addition to try to get the Middle Eastern countries, including OPEC, to raise their production of oil and move along that route — is to see to it that we continue to grow our economy, create jobs,” Biden said at the press conference.
On Tuesday, Scott, a Florida Republican, unloaded on Biden, and the “ridiculous, unbelievable gas prices.”
“It’s incredibly bad for every American family,” Scott said of Biden’s “incredible transition” comment.
“He’s in left field. He’s got plenty of money, so gas prices probably don’t impact him much, and he does not have to pay to fill up a car. Everybody else in this country is being impacted by this. I grew up in a poor family. I watched my mom struggle to put gas in the car and food on the table. That’s going on all across this country,” Scott told Fox News.
“In my state, there are people going to food banks that have never gone to food banks before. This is record gas prices day after day after day, and by the way, energy goes into everything. Electricity rates are up, food prices are up, everything is up because gas prices are up. This president has no clue,” Scott added.
Scott noted that Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm testified last week that the administration was “doing everything they can” to reduce gas prices.
“No,” Scott countered, “they’re doing everything they can to cause gas prices to go up so they can get this incredible transition to something different that’s going to cost us more money.”
“What’s going to get it to go down?” Scott responded when asked if $6 a gallon could become the new norm.
“The Biden administration is not making it easier to drill, and we are the safest drillers in the world. They are not opening up this at all. You know, they’ll have a sound bite and say they are, but they are not,” the senator argued.
“We’ve got rich resources of natural gas and oil and gas. We’ve got to use them, use them safely – so we’ve got to get an administration that cares about this,” Scott continued. “I don’t see how it’s going to get any better, and when it doesn’t, inflation will continue to go up.”
Scott also said Democrats in Congress would do nothing because they are “all in” with Biden a conversion to green energy.
“They are looking for this incredible transition to higher and higher prices and poorer and poorer American families,” he said.