Biden's America: Over 1000 Gas Stations Run Out of Fuel as Emergencies Declared
Crisis comes as many compare Biden to Jimmy Carter
Thousands of gas stations ran out of fuel earlier this week amid the impacts of the cyber attack on Colonial Pipeline.
Colonial Pipeline is a private company that controlled the United States' largest pipeline.
The Associated Press reported:
“S&P’s Oil Price Information Service put the number of gas stations encountering shortages at more than 1,000."
“The pipeline runs from the Texas Gulf Coast to the New York metropolitan area. The states most dependent on the pipeline include Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.”
Meanwhile, videos of people showing their gas stations were out of fuel went viral across social media.
The states which were affected included:
But some analysts argued the gas crisis could be self-fulfilling due to people's panic buying.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warned affected gas stations could see a “supply crunch” even after the pipelines are fully operational again.
“The crunch is in the areas that are affected by the pipeline, the main spurs of the pipeline,” Granholm later added.
“So that really is the Southeast. It’s about 70% of the supplies of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and especially Southern Virginia are impacted the most."
"And so those are the areas that we have the greatest concerns with. And because of the fact that there’s not a whole lot of other supply."
"Now, this particular pipeline also supplies other states, but there are other pipelines that supply their states as well.”
“We know that we have gasoline; we just have to get it to the right places,” she claimed.
“That’s why these next couple of days, I think, will be challenging. And we want to encourage people; it’s not that we have a gasoline shortage, it’s that we have this supply crunch and that things will be back to normal soon and that we’re asking people not to hoard and know that we are all over this.”
On Tuesday, Republican Governors Ron DeSantis, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, and Democrat Governor Ralph Northam (D) all declared emergencies after the crisis took hold.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) declared an emergency over the matter on Monday.
The Biden administration attempted to alleviate some of the challenges by issuing temporary waivers and other measures.
The news comes as some have likened Joe Biden to former President Jimmy Carter due to the crisis with fuel and jobs.