Economics/Class Relations

White House: Oil companies have ‘patriotic duty’ to lower gas prices

By New York Post

Oil companies have a “patriotic duty” to help lower gas prices, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre proclaimed Wednesday as Americans continue to grapple with record breaking fuel costs.

With the average gallon of gas above $5 nationwide, Jean-Pierre called out oil companies following a scathing letter President Joe Biden sent to top industry executives.

“We see it as a patriotic duty, as we’re — as we are — as we’ve talked about,” Jean-Pierre said during Wednesday’s press briefing. “There’s war happening right now in Ukraine that was caused by — caused by Russia, which is why we’re seeing these hikes in gas prices.

“We are calling on them to do the right thing, to be patriots here, and not to use the war as an excuse or as a — as a reason to not put — to not put out a production, not — to not do the capacity that is needed out there so that the prices can — so that the prices can come down.”


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