Biden plans announcement in response to rising oil prices
Biden's plan will supposedly address the crisis without looking to add supply
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has revealed President Biden may this week announce details on a long-term response to rising oil and gas prices.
Supply chain disruptions have hindered efforts to bolster the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The backlog grew due to a number of issues in production from China as well as a significant problem in ports, such as a labor shortage and higher costs that have disrupted normal operations.
Lawmakers have raised concerns over the rising prices of products from toilet paper to toys and – most notably – gas and oil. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a national average cost of $3.272 per gallon in September 2021, the highest price since September 2014, when gas cost $3.484 per gallon on average.
Granholm on Monday said the Biden administration has both "an immediate-term" and "a long-term" strategy to handle the crisis.
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"He wants to see added supply from all, but he's looking at other tools that he may have, and hopefully there will be an announcement or so this week," Granholm said during "Morning Joe." "He's certainly looking at what options he has in the limited range of tools that a president might have to address the cost of gasoline at the pump because it is a global market."
Granholm followed up her comments by insisting that the best long-term plan for the country would be to focus on clean energy.
"The tax incentives that are very aggressive to be able to build out that electric grid, to be able to build out solar and wind and geothermal and nuclear get zero carbon technologies on the grid is critical," Granholm explained. "It's critical for the planet, but it's also critical for the economy."
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Granholm recently balked at a question about plans to increase oil production, saying it was "hilarious."
"Would that I had the magic wand on this," she told Bloomberg host Tom Keene.
She instead argued that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has refused to budge from its planned production for the year.
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Republicans have hammered the Biden administration for relying on OPEC to address rising gas prices, instead of boosting domestic oil production.
In an August letter to Biden, 24 Republican senators called it "astonishing that your Administration is now seeking assistance from an international oil cartel when America has sufficient domestic supply and reserves to increase output which would reduce gasoline prices."
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"Your Administration’s domestic oil and gas development policies are hurting American consumers and workers, are contrary to an ‘America First’ energy agenda, and reinforce a reliance on foreign oil," the senators added.
FOX Business' Megan Henney and Peter Hasson contributed reporting