Biden told reporters at the White House on June 1:
- The idea we’re going to be able to, you know, click a switch and bring down the cost of gasoline is not likely in the near-term, nor is it with regard to food
Gas prices in the US now average $4.67 a gallon, a record, according to the American Automobile Association.
The US has tapped strategic reserves to try and limit the pain, and Biden asserted on June 1 that his administration’s efforts helped keep prices at the pump from going even higher.
With Europe moving toward curtailing its purchases of Russian oil, Biden signalled the US could allow certain Russian crude sales to be subjected to a price cap.
- There’s a whole lot of consideration going on about what can be done to maybe even purchase the oil but at a limited price, so that it has to be sold - there’d be an overwhelming need for the Russians to sell it and it would be sold for a significantly lower price than the market is generating now
- There’s a lot going on right now
We’re trying to work through how we can get that harbour opened, and get the tens of thousands of tons of grain that are there
The same with gasoline