Sen. Hawley Takes Jennifer Granholm Apart After Her Pathetic Excuse for High Gas Prices – Opinion

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm gave evidence before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday morning.

However, she got herself in some trouble when she was asked about the causes of why the nation’s gas prices have been skyrocketing. Senator Josh Hawley, R-MO explained how prices have reached a new record and were projected to reach $6 per gallon in August. Granholm’s explanation for the price hike infuriated Hawley, and was just a ridiculous lie that he wouldn’t let her get away with.


“Today in the State of Missouri, the average price of gasoline is $4.10,” Hawley noted, adding the “average price of diesel is $5.18. And I’m sure you’ve seen the reporting this morning that now AAA is projecting that gas prices will hit a national average — average — of $6 a gallon by the month of August, he said. “Is this acceptable to you?”

“No, it is not,” Secretary Granholm claimed before saying “you can thank the activity of Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine,” another Biden administration blame-shifting attempt.

“Oh nonsense,” Hawley interjected. “With all due respect, Madam Secretary, that’s utter nonsense.”

“In January of 2021, the average gas price in my state was $2.07,” Hawley reminded Granholm. “Eight months later, long before Vladimir Putin invaded, that price was up 30 percent and has been going up consistently since. What are you doing to reverse this administration’s policies that are drawing down our own supply of energy in this country, that are throttling oil and gas production in the United States of America – what are you doing about it?” he asked.

Granholm claimed that Biden’s policies did not contribute to rising prices. Hawley, however, detailed what Biden had accomplished in his very first days of office.

“From January to August, the price of gasoline was up over 30 percent in my state alone,” he reiterated. “It has been a continuous upward tick since then, and here’s what your president did when he first came to office. He immediately reentered the Paris Climate Accord, he canceled the Keystone Pipeline, he halted leasing programs in ANWR, he issued a 60-day halt on all new oil and gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands and waters — that’s nationwide, that accounts, by the way, for 25 percent of U.S. oil production — he directed federal agencies to eliminate all supports for fossil fuels, he imposed new regulations on oil and gas and methane emissions,” Hawley noted. “Those were all just in the first few days, are you telling me that’s had no effect on our energy supply?” he questioned.

Hawley asked what the team was doing to remedy this problem. Granholm stated that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was releasing one million barrels per day. While that’s reducing our reserve that’s supposed to be for emergencies (not to deal with failed Biden policies), it’s had no effect on reducing prices. However, prices continue to climb despite all that. So, we’re reducing our savings account, without doing anything to deal with the problem. Granholm asserts that they called for an increase in supply.

“Who are you calling for an increase in supply from?” Hawley questioned.

“From our domestic oil and gas manufacturers, from international oil and gas manufacturers,” Granholm said.

That’s when Hawley let Granholm have it, “Even as you cancel their leases?”

Biden cancelled the three scheduled oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico. He also cancelled the sale off the coast of Alaska. The move effectively closed off billions of acres of land from drilling, even though he claimed that he was trying to increase the supply. Despite months of record prices, Biden made this decision. That just shows where his priorities are at — not with what is in the best interests of the American people. He is so arrogant, and then the Energy Secretary of Russia has the guts to criticize Putin. These are shameless.

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