Gas shortages in the United States are no joke. Thanks to Biden’s attack on energy independence earlier this year when he shut down Keystone Pipeline, a cyberattack against Colonial pipeline caused massive problems.
The prices of gas have surged to the tune of $7 per gallon. Meanwhile, long lines at gas stations have increased as fewer places have the necessary fuel. Some folks are even resorting to desperate and dangerous measures, such as filling up plastic bags with gas.
Many Americans want to know when these gas shortages will end. After all, fuel is critical for transportation in this country.
On Friday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm shared an update in regards to the U.S. gas shortages, Newsmax confirms.
Secretary Granholm on Gas Shortages in the United States
Yesterday, the energy secretary stated that the worst of gas shortages is behind the nation. Per Granholm, the end of this weekend should mark the return of normal service and fuel supply. The energy secretary then claimed that roughly 200 stations each hour are getting service up and running again.
States hit hardest by the gasoline shortage include Georgia, Tennessee, and others. Additional places, such as Florida and Virginia, announced a state of emergency due to the impacts of the Colonial pipeline cyberattack.
Last night, the Colonial Pipeline resumed full operations. Hear from Energy Secretary Granholm on the steps we’re taking in response to this incident: pic.twitter.com/rvFlTa18ao
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 13, 2021
This week, Americans learned that Colonial pipeline did, in fact, pay hackers millions of dollars in order to get up and running again. Right now, the nature of this cyberattack remains under investigation; however, there are reports that the hackers are living in Russia.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t necessarily mean the Russian government bears responsibility for the attack against Colonial pipeline.
Energy Independence in the United States
The latest attack against Colonial pipeline is all the more reason why America needs energy independence. Officials are urging folks not to hoard gas; however, people are understandably concerned.
Energy dependence is going to harm this nation in so many ways.
Doesn’t help when you cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, pause new oil and gas leases on public lands, or revoke DOI secretarial orders from last admin that led to energy independence & natural gas revolution.
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) May 12, 2021
Republican leaders have pointed out that Biden’s attacks against energy independence in the U.S. helped enable the current gas shortage. At this time, nearly half of the East Coast is reliant upon gas from Colonial pipeline; this cyberattack has disrupted the lives of countless Americans, something that the Biden administration is eager to redirect attention from.
It wasn’t hackers that shutdown the Keystone XL pipeline, it was Joe Biden. On his first day in office, Biden began his assault on our energy independence. 11,000 Americans lost their jobs, prices at the pump went up, and now the U.S., is facing a full blown energy crisis.
— Wesley Hunt (@WesleyHuntTX) May 12, 2021
Secretary Granholm, in her statements about gas shortages, did not make any mention of energy independence. Nevertheless, the GOP and other Americans are rightfully holding the Biden administration accountable for the present gas shortages and mass panic.
At this time, the president has not signaled that he has any plans to restore Keystone pipeline.
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