Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, says Biden got a little upset and did a "dog and pony press release" saying that he had mounting evidence, without describing what any of that evidence was, and calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the companies for price gouging.
"We basically said, 'You know what? We have evidence that it's President Biden and his administration that is engaging in anti-consumer behavior, so we want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the Biden administration for their role in the higher gas prices,'" Pyle tells American Family News.
Pyle believes the administration actually wants gas prices to be so high that people have to find other means of transportation.
"His press secretary said as much in response to a question," notes Pyle.
"Our view," Jen Psaki told reporters earlier this month, "is that the rise in gas prices over the long term makes an even stronger case for doubling down our investment and our focus on clean energy options so that we're not relying on the fluctuations and OPEC and their willingness to put more supply and meet the demand in the market."
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has made similar comments to reporters in recent days:
"We're working through an energy transition," she stated. "The reality is we have to take some time to get off of oil and gas; we recognize this. This is a transition."
That is the same Granholm who laughed off a Bloomberg personality's questions about gas prices and the same Granholm who said in May that if people drove electric vehicles, then they would not be impacted by fuel shortages like the one Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.
"Their whole plan is to make energy prices high, because that is the only way that they can justify all of the anti-market activity that they're doing," reiterates Pyle. "From the first day of this administration, nearly every action with respect to energy is one where he wants these folks to be producing less, not more. Bottom line, his actions are sending a signal to American producers that 'we don't want your oil; we don't want your production.'"
Pyle adds that asking the government to investigate oil companies is a "tried and true play from folks who take these anti-energy stances."
"They want to deflect the responsibility that they themselves have on this issue and distract the American people from seeing what exactly they're doing to push prices up," he asserts
According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the national average on Monday, November 22, 2021 for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.40. That same time last year, drivers were paying $2.11 on average.