Americans continue to be hit hard by rising fuel prices, with the New York Post reporting this week that the average cost for a gallon of gas has climbed 47% over the past month.
Although President Joe Biden has tried to claim that the phenomenon is part of “an incredible transition,” one Republican lawmaker was quick to detonate his excuse.
According to Fox News, Biden remarked during a press conference on Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
“When it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger, and the world will be stronger, and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” he said.
Sen. Rick Scott says Democrats “don’t want to do anything”
That explanation didn’t go over well with Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who argued that it’s the president’s policies that are hurting consumers.
“What’s going to get it to go down? Scott demanded when he spoke with Fox News host Sandra Smith the following day.
“The Biden administration is not making it easier to drill and we’re the safest drillers in the world,” he complained. “They’re not open to this at all. They’ll have a soundbite and say they are, but they’re not.”
“We’ve got to use them and use them safely,” the Republican legislator continued, adding, “We’ve got to get an administration that cares about this.”
Scott also blamed Capitol Hill Democrats, saying, “With Chuck Schumer on the other side, with AOC, and this whole attitude… they don’t want to do anything.”
Gas exceeds $6 per gallon in California
“The Democrats don’t want to do anything,” he insisted. “The Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the White House.
“They are all-in… they’re with President Biden. They’re looking for an incredible transition with higher and higher prices and poorer American families.”
The American Automobile Association maintains a website that tracks gas prices, and it reported on Thursday that the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $4.60 on Thursday. Average prices on the West Coast were even higher, topping $6 per gallon in California.