Sen. Cruz: High Gas Prices Are the 'Intended Effect' of Biden's Green Energy Agenda

Michael W. Chapman | April 13, 2022 | 10:30am EDT
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The high gasoline prices Americans are paying across the nation are the direct result, the "intended effect," of President Joe Biden's war against fossil fuels and ideological push to pursue green energy at all costs, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  

"[T]his is not an accident," said Cruz. "It's not an unintended side-effect. It is the intended effect of what Joe Biden promised."

Cruz made his remarks during an April 6 interview on Newsmax's Spicer & Co.

"The day that Joe Biden took office, gasoline was selling on average for $2.38 a gallon," said the senator. "Today, it is selling for $4.16 a gallon on average, and there are places where it's selling as expensive as $6.90 a gallon."

"It is a disaster," he said. "And this is not an accident. It's not an unintended side-effect. It is the intended effect of what Joe Biden promised."

"He promised to shut down drilling on federal land," said Cruz.  "He promised to go after the American oil and gas, the energy production in this country, and he delivered on this promise."

"On day one in office he shut down the Keystone pipeline," said the senator.  "He suspended all new leases on federal lands, onshore and offshore. He stopped development in ANWAR, the incredible petroleum rich small section of Alaska. All of this has had its intended effect."

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On his first day in office, Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on advancing  "environmental justice." The letter calls on all federal agencies to review the actions taken by the Trump administration and propose new regulations on "reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector" and establishing new "fuel-economy standards." 

The order also imposes a "moratorium on all activities of the Federal Government relating to the implementation of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program"; prohibits "certain offshore areas in Arctic waters and the Bering Sea from oil and gas drilling"; establishes an "Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases"; and revokes "the March 2019 permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline" because it "disserves the U.S. national interest."

Further, Biden's order states, "Climate change has had a growing effect on the U.S. economy, with climate-related costs increasing over the last 4 years.  Extreme weather events and other climate-related effects have harmed the health, safety, and security of the American people and have increased the urgency for combatting climate change and accelerating the transition toward a clean energy economy. 

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"The world must be put on a sustainable climate pathway to protect Americans and the domestic economy from harmful climate impacts, and to create well-paying union jobs as part of the climate solution."

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) yesterday,  inflation in March was 8.5% higher than what it was in March one year ago. The last time inflation was 8.5% (over a period of 12 months) was in December 1981.

Will Hild, executive director of Consumers' Research, said, “Today’s report on inflation is an across the board disaster for consumers. The topline number of 8.5% barely scratches the surface – almost every category of direct consumer good outpaces the topline. Consumers are paying 10% more than last year to eat at home, 48% more for gasoline, 11.1% more for electricity, and 21.6% more for utility gas. The price of a new car, if you can even get one, is up 12.5%. Meanwhile, used cars prices are up a staggering 35.3%."

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