Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm dodged a reporter asking questions about the gas crisis following a speech in which she called on oil producers to increase output, insisting the country is “on a war footing.”
Granholm’s and Biden’s responses to the surging prices of gas are much more forceful.
“We are on war footing,” Granholm said in a speech to executives at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, according to Bloomberg News.
“That means [crude oil]There are many releases of strategic reserves around the globe. And that means you producing more right now if and when you can,” she continued.
“I hope your investors are saying this to you as well. In this moment of crisis, we need more supply.”
That’s quite a different message from the one given recently by President Biden, who said gas prices are going to go up and we “can’t do much right now.”
🚨Biden admin reverse ferret🚨
Jennifer Granholm (US energy secretary in Houston), addresses the American oil industry today:
“We are on a war footing. We are in an emergency… That means you producing more right now, where and if you can.”
— Derek Brower (@derek_brower) March 9, 2022
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Question from the Reporter: Energy Secretary
Following her speech, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm reportedly ‘dodged’ questions from a Fox News reporter.
After being seemingly surprised by Fox News Senior Political Editor Andrew Murray’s presence, Granholm was protected by aides and avoided further questions on the gas crisis.
“Is there any talk about bringing Iran back to the table because of gas prices?” Murray asked, but those around her blocked access, with one aide even holding up a folder to block a camera.
Fox reports that Granholm “refused to answer questions” though her press secretary, Charisma Troiano, asked that any questions be directed at her.
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Granholm’s remarks are a refreshing pivot calling on increased domestic oil production as a means to blunt the staggering gas prices Americans are seeing at the pump.
It was a pivotal moment from yesterday’s President Biden, who shrugged any potential role in the resolution of the crisis.
“It’s going to go up,” Biden said. “Can’t do much right now.”
Pres. Biden asked what can be done about skyrocketing gas prices: “Can’t do much right now. Russia is responsible.” pic.twitter.com/kqqjx0A6YV
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 8, 2022
Granholm even sees it as a turning point.
Granholm outright laughed just a few short months ago at the notion she would do anything about gas prices as they were already climbing – before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Jennifer Granholm Energy Secretary chuckles when asked if there is a plan to lower gas prices. pic.twitter.com/ZQHTycItY3
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) November 5, 2021
Granholm in November said the Energy Department was predicting “we are going to turn the corner in early 2022 in terms of pricing at the pump.”
This prediction was not true.
Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in November 2021: “We are gonna turn the corner in early 2022 in terms of pricing at the pump.”
She sure got that right… pic.twitter.com/stjhjWNDX9
— Dan O’Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) March 9, 2022
The Energy Secretary talked earlier this week about plans by the administration to buy oil from Iran under a new nuclear deal to end the US gas crisis.
‘So Be It’ If We Fund A Terrorist Financing Country and Dictators. Right?
Sec Granholm went on CNBC and said ‘So be it’ in response to buying oil from Iran, a country that finances terrorism. Hey at least they won’t get a nuke… So it’s justifiable to buy oil from them. pic.twitter.com/YFtrjmsUWS
— Paul Prosise (@PaulProsise) March 8, 2022
“If there is a byproduct of increased supply, so be it,” she said. “But the deal is all about making sure the world is safer because Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapon.”