President Joe Biden stated on Thursday that fuel supplies should begin to return to normal levels this weekend, even as more filling stations are running out of gasoline all over the Southeast a week after a massive cyber attack took down the Colonial Pipeline.
Biden went on to say that the Colonial Pipeline, which is used to transport 100 million gallons of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel every single day, will take some time to make a full recovery and might still suffer some “hiccups” along the way.
The pipeline finally resumed computer-controlled pumping late on Wednesday after additional safety measures were installed.
Gasoline shortages worsened from Virginia to Florida as depots and distribution centers awaited supply from the pipeline. The shutdown has also forced two refineries to curb output and spurred airlines to reroute flights to refuel at airports outside the impacted area.
Motorists’ tempers frayed as panic buying led stations to run out even where supplies were available. On Thursday about 70% of gas stations in North Carolina were without fuel, while around 50% of stations in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia had outages, tracking firm GasBuddy said.
The average national gasoline price rose above $3.00 a gallon, the highest since October 2014, the American Automobile Association said, and prices in some areas jumped as much as 11 cents in a day.
Joe Biden has been president for all of five months and has somehow managed to wreck pretty much the entire country in that short amount of time. That has to be some sort of new record.
Biden just being in office has attracted trouble to our shores in ways we haven’t seen since Obama was president. Heck, even then things weren’t as hectic and frazzled as they are under this man’s watch.
Stuff like this makes you long for the days of Trump.