Although inflation has caused the price of nearly all consumer purchases to increase throughout the Biden administration, it is perhaps most notable at gas stations across the nation.
After almost immediately shutting down a significant amount of domestic oil production and exploration, President Joe Biden pursued an agenda of pleading with often hostile nations to increase their exportation of oil in order to meet the needs of Americans.
He has also drained much of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in recent months, which could result in the nation being unable to provide vital energy resources in an emergency.
With less than three weeks left until pivotal midterm elections, it is now clear that many voters across ideological lines are displeased with Biden’s energy policies. A recent Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that a whopping 83% of respondents are worried about the impact of skyrocketing energy prices.
Furthermore, 46% described Biden’s handling of energy-related matters as “poor,” compared to just 17% who said he has done an “excellent” job. Another 21% described his performance as “good” and 12% labeled it “fair.”
Among Republicans, 72% of respondents said he has done a poor job with just 20% describing his performance as good or excellent. More than half of independents — 54% — labeled his performance as poor, as did 15% of Democrats.
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Overall, 82% of likely voters who participated in the poll said that Biden’s energy policies will be a deciding factor in the outcome of next month’s elections.
The White House has clearly taken note of the widespread disapproval, as evidenced in Biden’s remarks earlier this week.
In a bid to temporarily bring down the rising cost of gasoline, the president announced that he would once again tap the nation’s emergency stockpile, releasing another 15 million barrels for domestic consumption.
After confirming his decision, Biden attempted to address the backlash from critics who say his administration has already removed too much from the strategic reserve.
“Right now, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is more than half full with about 400 million barrels of oil,” he said. “That’s more than enough for any emergency drawdown. With my announcement today, we’re going to continue to stabilize markets and decrease the prices at a time when the actions of other countries have caused such volatility.”