One of the most common quotes in the history of literature is that those who ignore the evidence are doomed to repeat it. It seems that the government has not taken the necessary steps to ensure that the public has adequate supplies. This principle, which is typically followed by most people in Washington DC, has apparently gone unnoticed by the White House.
Press Secretary of the White House, Jean-Pierre, was recently criticized for her comments regarding the misuse of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. She refused to confirm or provide a timeline regarding the reserve's future use.
This is very worrying news for Americans, as high fuel prices continue to affect their economic well-being. The Biden Administration has already used the reserve twice, and they are not able to provide a timeline regarding when they intend to restock it.
During a town hall meeting, Jean-Pierre was asked if the White House would consider using the reserve again due to the rising prices of gas. She also refused to provide an estimate regarding when the Biden Administration plans to restock the reserve.
KJP refuses to say whether or not Joe Biden plans to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve again, or whether or not he has plans to refill it. pic.twitter.com/Cks66LkX8P
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 27, 2023
In response to the rising prices of gas, President Joe Biden decided to reduce the amount of oil that the country has stored in the reserve to historically low levels. This strategy was intended to help mitigate the political issues surrounding the 2022 midterm elections. However, it has been revealed that the high prices were caused by activists who are pushing for alternative energy.
House Republicans are working to prevent Biden from using the reserve again. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prevent the president from abusing the reserve. According to Byron Donald, the press secretary for House Republican leader, the bill was passed to protect the country's national security.
In response, Congressman Steve Scalise criticized Biden's decision to reduce the amount of oil that the country has stored in the reserve. He stated that the president should provide a plan to restock the reserve before he decides to use it.
Biden has raided 40% of America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep gas prices artificially low so his approval rating doesn't drop even more.
This bill simply requires he provide a plan to replenish it before he raids it.
This shouldn't be partisan. It's common sense. pic.twitter.com/SfcgZ1lfYv
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 27, 2023
According to Scalise, it is very important that the president provides a plan to restock and protect the reserve. He noted that the country could run out of oil quickly if the president does not support the development of new oil production.
The United States relies on oil exports from countries such as Russia and Saudi Arabia, which have strained relations with the country. With Republicans in control of the House, the country can potentially gain back ground and protect the limited amount of oil that remains in the reserve.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Next News Network.