Gov. DeSantis rebuts Joe Biden framing of gas price hike as ‘incredible transition’
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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The Governor had his say on recent presidential remarks Tuesday.

On Tuesday in Gadsden County, Gov. Ron DeSantis rebutted President Joe Biden’s framing of an increase in gas prices as an “incredible transition.”

“I think these gas prices are a big problem,” the Governor asserted. “So I hope that they would reevaluate that and not view that as an incredible thing.”

Noting the inflationary impacts, DeSantis told a crowd in Havana that he had to “disagree with the President saying this is somehow an incredible opportunity to have this transition.”

DeSantis said the increase was in fact “punishing people at the pump.”

“What are you going to do? Just not go to work all of a sudden?” the Governor contended, predicting further gas price increases related to Memorial Day and summer driving patterns.

DeSantis also cautioned that the impending gas tax holiday, in effect in October before the General Election, won’t do much to help consumers.

“That’ll help, but that’s like 25 cents a gallon,” the Governor warned, saying that fuel increases were reflected in business input costs, creating further inflationary impacts in sectors ranging from groceries to fertilizer sales.

“Even if you make 5, 10% more year over year, if fuel is up 50% and groceries are up 20% and utilities are up, then you’ve actually lost ground potentially,” DeSantis argued.

Biden, in remarks made in Japan, seemed to extol the positive impacts of high gas prices.

“[When] it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place. … God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” Biden said Monday.

Florida’s gas prices aren’t as bad as some other densely populated states, but AAA — The Auto Club Group attested this week that prices are near record highs and poised to increase further with holiday travel.

“Even though pump prices have moved slightly lower, gas prices on Memorial Day are still forecast to be the holiday’s most expensive yet,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a news release.

“A combination of tightening global supplies and strengthening demand are the main culprits behind this unprecedented pain at the pump. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a quick end in sight. Gas prices are likely to continue fluctuating throughout the summer and remain well above year-ago levels.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


9 comments

  • Stephen

    May 24, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Maybe if the entirety of the Republican Cult would participate in urging domestic oil companies to increase production, this would not be an issue. It is true they are holding back to increase profits, buy back stock and give larger dividends. Seems all in service to bash Biden over something he has no control.

    • R

      May 24, 2022 at 11:01 am

      Steven. You are an idiot and a minion.

      • Lorna

        May 24, 2022 at 12:51 pm

        You are speaking truth. I can’t stand those who pretend that gas hikes are nessassary, they are just another way for Biden to get richer and he loves that the middle class is footing the bills. Worst president ever in history. History books are going to laugh at all the stupid stuff he and his friends did to our country, just too get rich, greed and treason all the democrats should be tried for all the above.

      • Barry the Hatchet

        May 24, 2022 at 11:25 pm

        Yes Steven is an idiot

    • George Rutledge

      May 24, 2022 at 12:21 pm

      Leaders don’t place blame, they do something. You Blue cultists are nothing but excuse pushers.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 24, 2022 at 12:53 pm

      Your “cult” leader signed all those Executive Orders on day one of his administration setting this up. It has all been downhill since then.

  • PeterH

    May 24, 2022 at 11:22 am

    USA oil producers would pump oil if they could make a profit and be guaranteed a profit over the long term. They are reluctant to pump crude for six months or a year only to watch the price per barrel drop out.

    They are competing with foreign crude.

    As usual, DeSantis and today’s Republicans have no policies or solutions. They do know how to whine. The future lies in renewable energy …. we’ll get there but the transition will be expensive.

    You never hear complaining from Europe where gasoline is currently $8.00 per gallon ….. because their governments have a superior train network and safe bike paths.

  • Tom

    May 25, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Peter h, Lorna, Stephen, total idiocy, how could you suggest this comes from the produces, oil companies.

    Biden is an abomination, this Is the AOC, Sanders green new policy. The Dem party extremists hate carbon! They are trying to destroy America’s carbon industry. Shameful.
    This guy comes from PA, he’s killing the industry. Devastate the economy.

    Biden is worst Potus since Hoover, depression.
    You reap what the sew.

  • It's Complicated

    May 25, 2022 at 9:23 am

    There is no viable technology alternative to fossil fuels for the vast majority of individuals, nor for American business, industry, and transportation. It is pie-in-the-sky/pipe dream thinking that we will somehow emerge from this in better condition for this. Attempting to change the behavior of the people by making automobiles unaffordable to drive for many people and causing utility bills and food to consume more of each paycheck is a cruel social engineering experiment and with an impossible goal.

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