The Daily Wire reported that during a White House meeting on Tuesday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador chided President Joe Biden about high American gas prices.
What’s more, Biden’s response served as an implicit admission that he has no plans to fix the problem.
Americans crossing the border to buy gas
Los Angeles Times White House reporter Eli Stokols noted in a tweet that López Obrador contrasted his administration’s energy policies with those of Biden’s.
“Most awkward part was when AMLO told Biden Mexico is letting Americans cross the border to buy gas because it’s $1 cheaper per gallon,” Stokols said. Yet instead of disputing López Obrador’s statement regarding high American gas prices, Biden simply “reminded him that the U.S. economic growth is leading the world.”
Indeed, remarks published by the Daily Wire show how López Obrador touted the fact that American consumers were benefiting from his government’s fuel subsidization policy.
“While we’re waiting for prices or gasoline to go down in the United States, we have decided that it was necessary for us to allow Americans who live close to the border … to go and get their gasoline on the Mexican side at lower prices,” the website quoted him as saying.
It is understandable that American citizens would turn to Mexico for more affordable gasoline: a website created by the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows that residents of some counties near the border face gas prices well above the national average.
The average price of a gallon of gas in California’s San Diego County was listed on Monday as being $6.02, while the average price in neighboring Imperial County stood at $5.87.
Meanwhile, automobile owners in Arizona’s Maricopa and Graham Counties saw prices of $5.02 and $4.99 respectively.
Biden administration clamps down on off-shore drilling
Still, the Biden administration has nevertheless refused to increase oil production or address the regulations which prevent new refineries from being constructed.
In fact, Fox Business reported earlier this month that the White House reversed a Trump-era plan to sell off-shore drilling leases in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Instead of the 47 lease sales which had been scheduled to take place between 2023 and 2028, the number will be reduced to 11, with all future leases being located in the Gulf of Mexico or near Alaska.