Gas hit record lows in recent years under President Trump. Now, under Biden, gas prices crept to new highs — but nothing compares to current prices in the southeastern United States. Now, Biden isn’t entirely to blame for the shortages and cripplingly-high prices. Much of that lies with the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline — but he certainly hasn’t helped.
Gas prices have been on a steady rise Biden’s entire presidency, but they topped $3 per gallon — a price point that they had been heading toward — following the shortages. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Colonial Pipeline Co., operator of the 5,500-mile conduit that runs from the Gulf Coast to New Jersey, closed the line last week following a ransomware attack it disclosed late Friday. It said this week it hoped to fully restore operations by later this week. U.S. officials have linked the attack to a criminal gang known as DarkSide.
The run on gas is particularly severe in Southeastern states that have few alternative sources of the fuel, but the scramble pushed farther north Wednesday as the pipeline’s outage stretched into its fifth full day.
Hoarders are making the situation worse, just like those who created the great toilet paper shortage of 2020 when government regulations created supply issues and people bought up everything in sight. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg got to briefly feel important when he warned against hoarding, especially in plastic bags.
The South is not doing well. The WSJ says that more than 3,500 gas stations have run entirely dry in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and other states. Where gas isn’t dry, price gouging has become the way of life:
Florida Governor DeSantis has now declared a state of emergency, sating that “the disruption of Colonial Pipeline operations poses a significant and immediate threat to the continued delivery of such fuel products to the State of Florida and many other states located in the Eastern United States,” and the attack “poses a severe threat to the State of Florida and requires that immediate measures be taken to protect and to facilitate the continued delivery of such fuel products to this State, until such time as Colonial Pipeline operations have fully resumed.” North Carolina has also declared a state of emergency, with other states soon to follow.
It’s worth noting that the hackers behind the attack originate from Russia and are especially hostile to English-speaking countries like the United States. And while Joe Biden and Democrats blame “Russian hackers” for Trumps 2016 win, he says there is “no evidence” that the Russian hacker group Darkside is attacking our basic ability to refuel our vehicles is doing so on behalf of Russia.
We as Americans will weather this disaster. But remember that this could have been responsibly handled.