Given just how horrid the first 10 months of Joe Biden’s presidency has been, there should be no surprise that the embattled Commander in Chief is resorting to PR stunts and optics-heavy maneuvers coming into the holiday season.
Presidents are often judged by how Americans are feeling at this crucial time of year. After all, the next few weeks are very much a measure of our economic health, our confidence as a consumer, and our optimism heading into the new year.
And so, as Biden continue to preside over all hell breaking loose, he has attempted to paint himself as a “fixer” by unleashing the strategic oil reserves in an effort to combat the inflation of gas prices.
Those in the know say it’s all a stunt, however, and that it’s not going to be effective.
Ranking Member on the Senate Energy Committee Sen. John Barrasso said Tuesday that President Biden’s decision to tap into U.S. oil reserves was no “substitute” for addressing gas shortages.
“President Biden’s policies are hiking inflation and energy prices for the American people,” Barrasso, R-Wyo., told FOX Business. “Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will not fix the problem.”
“We are experiencing higher prices because the administration and Democrats in Congress are waging a war on American energy,” Barrasso said. “President Biden has either eliminated or severely restricted access to America’s oil and natural gas resources on federal lands and waters.”
Biden has made reducing greenhouse gas emissions a cornerstone policy of his presidency, but some are concerned it will unfairly hurt the U.S. economy as the president pushes the nation to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
“Begging OPEC and Russia to increase production and now using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve are desperate attempts to address a Biden-caused disaster. They’re not substitutes for American energy production,” Barrasso told FOX Business.
The Biden administration’s consistent failures have led many to believe that the White House if more reactionary than proactive, and this latest stunt appears to prove that once again.