Biden and his Democratic allies have responded to the crisis by urging ordinary Americans to stop complaining and buy an electric car like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) did. Her Tesla Model 3 Long Range has a retail price of between $46,000 and $59,000.
The president has repeatedly refused to accept any responsibility for the surge in gas prices, despite his party's consistent efforts to raise the price of oil in an effort to promote subsidized "green" energy sources. In October 2021, for example, Democrats in Congress pressured energy executives to decrease the supply of oil in order to combat so-called climate change.
Biden, who promised to "work like the devil to bring gas prices down," has blamed the rising cost of oil on an array of factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply-chain crisis, price gouging by oil companies, OPEC's refusal to increase oil production, and most recently, the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
"Can't do much right now," Biden said earlier this week in response to a reporter's question about rising gas prices.