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President Biden faced setbacks after appearing to suggest that high gas prices would be a “good” opportunity to make a fundamental turn “to clean energy on Monday.
Some conservatives called the president on Twitter for the comments, as gas prices averaged $ 4.98 per gallon nationwide, according to AAA, and inflation rose to 40 last year, triggering fears of an impending recession.
Conservative political operator Greg Price tweeted the moment the president defended his green energy policy to journalists while vacationing at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
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“My dear mother used to have an expression: out of everything miserable, something good will happen if you look closely enough. We have a chance to make a fundamental turn towards renewable energy, electric vehicles, and not just electric vehicles, but across the board, “Biden told the crowd.
Biden’s comments sparked backlash from many conservatives, with some criticizing Biden for being tone deaf to the problems average Americans face.
“He keeps telling you that he does not care that you can not afford gasoline, all you have to do is start believing in him,” tweeted radio host and columnist Derek Hunter.
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Abigail Marone, press secretary for Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Predicted that Biden’s statement would have unintended consequences for his party.
“Out of all the misery (the Biden presidency) something good will happen (a massive red wave in 2022 and 2024),” she tweeted.
John Hayward, a writer for Breitbart News, tweeted that this revealed that President Biden reckoned that Americans were “stupid” enough to believe that Vladimir Putin’s “price increase” gave them “no choice” to turn to clean energy.
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Biden followed up this exchange in Delaware by telling a reporter that “his team” would sit down with oil executives to demand that they produce more oil and question their high profits.
He also snapped at a reporter who told him that economists who warn of a recession are “more likely than ever,” saying “come on, do not make things up.”
In recent weeks, Biden has shifted the blame from the war in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin to the oil companies as the reason why gas prices continue to rise.