This week, gas in Virginia reached an all-time high of $7 per gallon.
The astronomical price tag came after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to the ransom cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline.
Laura Perrot of 8 News posted pictures on Twitter from a BP gas station in Richmond, where 87 octane gases was $6.99. She pointed out that the price was not announced until you arrived at the gas station.
$6.99/gallon. That’s how much the @bp_plc gas station at Williamsburg Rd & Parker St is charging for 87 octane fuel. The price isn’t being advertised until you get to the pump. Some drivers are leaving- saying it’s price gouging. Others are filling up anyways. @8NEWS pic.twitter.com/uiBawLTl63
— Laura Perrot 8News (@LauraCPerrot) May 11, 2021
Although the hackers are to blame for the price increase, the Biden administration’s policies aren’t helping to keep gas prices down.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recently reversed a dozen separate energy policy directives enacted during the Trump administration, declaring that her top priorities will be to combat climate change and transition to public lands’ “green energy capacity.”
Hot Air wrote in April, “During Donald Trump’s presidency, America went from being reliant on foreign (and sometimes hostile) nations to holding a role as a dominant global power in energy production,” In the oil and gas market, the country solidified its status as a net exporter of energy in 2019 and 2020. Gas prices were kept low for long periods of time due to plentiful supplies from our refineries. As coal-fired power plants switched to cheaper and cleaner natural gas burners, increased production of clean-burning natural gas resulted in lower home heating costs and steep declines in coal production (which the green warriors should have been ecstatic about but gave Trump no credit for). It was one of the Trump administration’s hallmark achievements.”