Joe Biden keeps saying the quiet part out loud. As gas prices continue to skyrocket, he’s suggesting that maybe high prices are a feature, not a bug: “We have a chance to make a fundamental turn toward renewable energy, electric vehicles, and across the board,” he said on Monday.
This was not a one-time gaffe. Last month, the president said, “[W]hen it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, 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.”
On one hand, we are told that Biden is “obsessed with the fact that gas prices are so high and people are hurting,” as Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm put it. On the other hand, the president keeps suggesting that high gas prices are a necessary ingredient for his transformational presidency. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to take him at his word.