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Washington, D.C. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement on rising gas prices:

“For decades, California has pursued disastrous energy policies to exert more control over how we live. President Biden adopted those ideas nationally with his short-sighted agenda that inhibited energy growth. Now, San Francisco citizens find themselves paying an average of $5 a gallon for gas with no relief in sight. This is a grim picture of America’s future under President Biden’s ‘energy transition.’

“Consumers are paying an average of $3.73 a gallon, $0.30 more than last month and $1.00 more than last year. In Bakersfield, we are paying $4.81 a gallon. Soaring gas and diesel prices, coupled with soaring prices caused by an increase in government spending, stuck American families with the worst inflation in 40 years.

“Higher costs are eating away at wages, salaries, and savings. Biden’s assault on American energy is a burden on American families.

“Affordable, clean, American-made energy provides financial security and national security. Under President Trump, we proudly used American resources to lower prices at home and project power abroad. But under President Biden, we are energy vulnerable.

“President Biden must make America energy independent again. He must stop his war on domestic producers, greenlight the Keystone Pipeline, fast track oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, and immediately approve the six permits to export American natural gas to our allies.”


Additional Context:

  • This week, 220 House Democrats blocked consideration of the American Energy Independence from Russia Act, offered by House Republicans
  • The national average gas price today is $3.73 per gallon – that’s $0.32 higher than just one month ago
  • The national average gas price when President Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from our country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) was $3.39 per gallon. Today, the average gas price has increased by over 30 cents to $3.73 per gallon
  • San Francisco today became the first major U.S. city to reach an average gas price of $5 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. Price increases are likely to continue for the foreseeable future