Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, pressed to explain why gas prices are around $0.50 higher per gallon than they were when President Biden took office, said that prices could have gone up “because of the virus.”
“Beyond whether or not you think your policies are to blame, are you worried that the prices could impact whether or not Americans travel, which is of course needed to put money back into the economy?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Granholm Friday.
“People need to travel, you’re right, but we need to get the virus under control first, we need to get to that 70%, we need to get to herd immunity,” Granholm replied. “Why have gas prices gone up? Could that be because of the virus itself as well? Everything is tied together.”
GAS PRICES SOARING AND COULD GO HIGHER: ANALYST
As the pandemic hit last year and the economy contracted, gas prices plummeted. As the coronavirus has receded and the economy picked up, prices have risen.
The average gas price in the U.S. is $2.95 p
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