Biden On Record High Gas Prices: ‘I Can’t Do Much Right Now. Russia’s Responsible.’

Joe Biden

During a speech in Texas on Tuesday, Democrat President Joe Biden said he was incapable of alleviating soaring gas prices and that they were caused by Russia. His comments came two weeks after he issued a ban on new federal oil and gas leases and permits.

“They’re gonna go up,” Biden said when asked about the record high gas prices, which began to surge the month he took office.

When questioned on how he could solve the problem that arose at the beginning of his presidency, Biden blamed the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began less than two weeks ago, saying, “I can’t do much right now. Russia’s responsible.”

As The New York Times reported on February 22, “The Biden administration is indefinitely freezing decisions about new federal oil and gas drilling as part of a legal brawl with Republican-led states that could significantly impact President Biden’s plans to tackle climate change. … When he first took office, Mr. Biden suspended new federal oil and gas leases.”

Gas prices rose nearly 50% during Biden’s first year in office; increasing from $2.42 per gallon in January 2021 to $3.41 per gallon in January 2022 – a month before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This week, gas prices reached an all time high of $4.17 per gallon.