Psaki responded to a question regarding a Reuters report which noted the White House was in contact with U.S.-based oil and gas producers about the energy crisis. Sources said the talks touched on several topics, including gas prices.
"I’m actually not aware of any contact with oil and gas companies around this particular issue."
The Biden administration is under pressure to address a global fuel shortage that has led to surging prices at the pump for U.S. consumers. The price of gas reached nearly $3.29 per gallon as of Wednesday, an increase of more than $1 compared to one year ago.
Psaki said Biden’s top economic advisers are exploring potential solutions.
"The president has asked his economic team, as they do on any range of issues impacting the public, to continue to discuss what the options are that we can take to address these shortages," Psaki said. "We know some of the issue here is supply as a result of the pandemic and there’s natural gas shortage around the world, hence the need for the United States to continue to export natural gas."
Psaki said the White House was considering a "range of options," but she declined to provide further details.
The White House has asked OPEC+, a group comprised of members of the OPEC oil cartel and allies including Russia, to expand production to help address the global fuel shortage. Despite the pressure, OPEC+ nations said earlier this month they maintain their current benchmarks for fuel production.