In the lead-up to his 2020 election win and even afterward, President Joe Biden promised his supporters that he would get America back on track after a COVID-19 pandemic-battered economy left millions of Americans struggling to survive.
However, Biden’s promises aren’t exactly coming to fruition and in many cases, the complete opposite is happening. According to the Washington Examiner, Republicans are now slamming Biden for the rising costs of gasoline after the president slapped down the fossil fuel industry as well as the cyberattack against a major pipeline that happened under Biden’s watch.
Biden’s taking the heat
The president’s aggressive and, according to many, disastrous actions he took against the fossil fuel industry within the first few days of taking over the White House was bound to catch up.
Untold thousands of workers in the fossil fuel industry have already been laid off or lost their jobs, crippling the backbone of American industry all in the name of “green energy” which is nowhere close to meeting the demands of what it will take to keep the American economy healthy and prosperous.
Combining the downfall of the fossil fuel industry with the recent news concerning a devastating ransomware attack against the company that operates the largest oil and gas pipeline in the United States, the perfect storm is developing, which could further cripple a number of industries as gas prices rise and people decide to stay home for the summer as a result.
On Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) pulled zero punches in his criticism against the current administration, likening Biden to former President Jimmy Carter, who was in charge during an energy crisis in 1979 that resulted in gas shortages and long lines at the pump.
Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter:
-And rising gas prices
2021 meet 1979.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 11, 2021
Panic sets in
While it’s unfair to place the blame of a cyberattack on the Biden administration directly, how the administration reacts to the situation can mean the difference between stabilizing a short-term crisis and full-blown chaos.
According to the New York Post, as a result of Colonial Pipeline Co. shutting down their 5,500 mile-long East Coast pipeline, widespread reports on Tuesday indicated that gas stations in several states were either out of gasoline altogether or the ones that still had some supply left were experiencing long lines not seen for decades.
The cyberattack situation, which has only unfolded within the past few days, has already sparked panic buying in a number of southeastern states, with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) declaring states of emergency in response to the situation.
All throughout social media on Tuesday were videos and images of people claiming that they either couldn’t find gas at all or were forced to wait hours in long lines, with some comparing the panic buying to the great toilet paper rush of 2020.
“Either gas prices are going up, or there’s no gas at all. Thanks, President Biden,” tweeted former Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina