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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the Biden administration believes rising fuel prices bolster the argument for transitioning to clean energy.
"Look, our view is that the rise in gas prices over the longterm makes an even stronger case for doubling down our investment and our focus on clean energy options so that we are not relying on the fluctuations and OPEC ... " Psaki said during a press briefing.
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Americans have been experiencing pain at the pump amid rising fuel costs, a phenomenon which some have blamed on the Biden administration.
The administration has been steadily beating the climate alarmism drumbeat.
While speaking at the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, President Biden claimed that "Climate change is already ravaging the world" and described the issue as "the existential ... threat to human existence as we know it."
"The Biden plan is to diversify and to make sure that we move in a direction of clean energy where we're not reliant upon cartels and we're not reliant upon geopolitical adversaries who may be creating chokepoints for our ability and our people to be able to access energy," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said during an interview on Bloomberg Surveillance, though she noted that this is "obviously a longer-term strategy."
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released consumer price index data showing that prices have risen significantly over a one year period, with energy prices showing a particularly sharp increase.
"The [all-items] index rose 6.2 percent for the 12 months ending October, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending November 1990," the department reported. "The energy index rose 30.0 percent over the last 12 months, and the food index increased 5.3 percent."
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Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.