Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hammered President Joe Biden during a Monday press conference on the painfully high energy prices impacting everyday Americans.
DeSantis’ comments came after Biden visited Saudi Arabia last week, coming away with little more than when he arrived, as the middle eastern kingdom deferred unilaterally to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the recommendations on increasing oil production.
"How come it's wrong to produce our own oil and gas here, but you can go to Saudi Arabia and fist-bump to try to get it from Saudi? I mean, it makes no sense… We have the opportunities here to be energy independent." – @GovRonDeSantis today pic.twitter.com/lCeemGPGDt
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 18, 2022
“How come it’s wrong to produce our own oil and gas here, but you can go to Saudi Arabia and fist bump to try to get it from Saudi?” questioned the 43-year-old governor.
DeSantis pummeled the Administration for “bragging” over the slight dip in gas price in recent weeks, exclaiming, “It’s still over four bucks! Like I had never seen it over $4 in my whole life living here.”
AAA on Tuesday said the average national average per gallon was $4.49. Over the past month, regular declined near fifty cents per gallon from $4.98. However, the average price per gallon a year ago was $3.17.
The war between Russia and Ukraine has been the scapegoat for the price hikes, but three days before Putin invaded Ukraine, gas prices hit $3.53 per gallon, up four cents from the week before. The price on February 21, 2021, was $2.63 per gallon, according to the AAA report. On Jan. 19, 2021, the day before the Inauguration, gas was $2.38.
The facts prove the prices were increasing without Putin’s invasion.