U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland declined to comment on whether gasoline prices were “too high” during a hearing Thursday, when asked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Barrasso pressed her on the issue several times.
“Do you think gas prices are too high? Barrasso asked Haaland.
“I completely understand the crisis that so many Americans are going through right now,” she said. “I mean, I’m thinking back. I’ve been driving since I was about 18, so that’s, I know we’ve had others – you know, I remember when there were queues at gas stations and that sort of thing.”
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“I think Americans are still recovering from this terrible pandemic and there are a lot of other world events that are making it difficult for all of us,” Haaland added.
Barrasso noted that Haaland did not answer the question directly and asked what the department was doing to address “this terrible pain that Americans are suffering under these high gas prices.”
Still, Haaland didn’t answer the question and said, “We are doing everything we can.”
“We are doing everything we can, senator. As we mentioned several times today, production on federal lands is on the rise,” Haaland said. “But production is also up. It’s at an all-time high, over a billion barrels.”
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Barrasso took to Twitter after the trade and said Haaland “refused to admit gas prices were too high.”
“President Biden’s Secretary of the Interior has refused to admit that gas prices are too high. This administration is in denial. Gasoline prices have been record high for Americans for 10 straight days. “, Barasso said.