. . .[I]t’s not as simple or as nefarious — at least not on the part of oil and gas companies — as the Biden administration would like you to believe. And now, thanks to Rep. Jim Banks’ (R-IN) team at the Republican Study Committee, there are a lot more examples — 81, to be exact — of Biden’s actions that led to consistently rising gas prices since he took office. . .
On January 20, 2021, Biden signed an executive order directing the federal government to review and rescind President Trump’s policies that made the United States energy independent. Biden’s first actions also included increasing emissions regulations and restricting domestic energy. And, of course, he killed the Keystone XL Pipeline. The average price for a gallon of gas: $2.379.
Through his first months in office, Biden continued taking actions that cut off America’s rich fossil fuels and artificially incentivized alternative energy sources. There was another executive order focused on enforcing “environmental justice.” A decision to double the amount of wind energy on federal lands. A moratorium on oil and gas leases. And Biden put the United States back into the Paris Climate agreement. By mid-April in Biden’s first year, the national average for a gallon of gas had risen to $2.855.
Summer 2021 saw more anti-fossil fuel actions from the Biden administration, including a Department of Justice “Climate Action Plan” and a Department of Energy determination to ramp up regulations that would direct buildings away from using fossil fuel energy sources. By September, the national average for gas had reached $3.176.
The Biden administration continued through the fall to rescind or revoke President Trump’s actions and policies that had incentivized American energy and promoted safe, clean drilling and production to make the United States an energy-independent country. More “climate action plans” from federal agencies were released that further regulated and disincentivized reliable American energy. The Biden administration went after financial institutions to urge them not to do business with fossil fuel companies, required federal properties and contractors to move away from oil and gas, and went all-in on falsely-named “green” energy instead.