For weeks, President Joe Biden and his administration have placed a significant amount of blame for high gas and energy prices on major oil refinery companies, in addition to blaming Vladimir Putin.
After calling the heads of several large oil companies to the White House, President Biden had some of his top officials meet with the executives, including Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. The result wasn’t what Americans had hoped, as Granholm emerged from the meeting without any progress made, according to Reuters.
Both the Biden administration officials and the Big Oil executives entered the meeting, reportedly, with good faith intentions to see if something can be done to ease the pain at the pump.
However, as Reuters noted, at the conclusion of the meeting, the two sides were still “far apart” on long-term solutions to get a handle on the energy crisis facing America.
Granholm has recently taken criticism for echoing Biden’s insistence that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is significantly responsible for the spike in energy prices.
Energy Secretary Granholm repeats Joe Biden’s lie that high gas prices are because of ‘Putin’s War.’
Vladimir Putin wasn’t the one who promised to end the fossil fuel industry. pic.twitter.com/fKvyOl2vF5
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) June 22, 2022
During the meeting with Big Oil executives, President Biden met with a group of executives from the wind energy sector.
Critics were also quick to point out that during the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden vowed to “end fossil fuels.”
“I want you to look at my eyes. I guarantee you, I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuels,” the president said on the campaign trail during a stop in New Hampshire.
Look me in my eyes… Joe Biden said. pic.twitter.com/4fQbXXEQyM
— Publius (@Publius6211788) March 18, 2022
Gas prices for weeks now have hovered around the $5 per gallon mark, breaking all-time records as Americans struggle with 40-year inflation highs and overall higher costs for everyday goods and services.
The Biden administration was heavily criticized this week from all sides for entertaining the idea of a federal gas tax holiday, which would knock roughly 18 cents off the price of a gallon of gas, saving most consumers somewhere in the range of $30 over the summer.