After Joe Biden urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to dig into possible “illegal conduct” in the oil and gas market two Republicans on the commission called out the White House and asked them to disclose any proof of the “mounting evidence” of wrongdoing behind higher gas prices.

FTC Commissioners Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson asked the administration to share the evidence “so that we might consider how to proceed.”

After shutting down the Keystone Pipeline, hobbling the domestic oil and gas industry, and begging OPEC, unsuccessfully, for more oil Biden told FTC Chair Lina Khan that there was “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior by oil and gas companies” and he urged the commission to “further examine what is happening with oil and gas markets.”

Biden’s claim was of course made without and proof or evidence, at least that we can see.

The White House later claimed, again without evidence, that the price at the pump normally moves with the price of refined gas.

“But recently there has been a split where the price of refined gas is going down but prices at the pump are going up. The split is now nearly 30 cents larger than its historical average,” a White House official claimed.

FTC Commissioners Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson said they shared the concern of all Americans about current gas prices but noted the FTC had been asked to probe gas prices during previous administrations and found no evidence of collusion or other illegal behavior.

“The FTC has a long history of studying the oil and gas industries,” they wrote. “For example, our agency’s work has highlighted the fact that prices at the pump may not correlate immediately with the price of crude.”

The Biden administration said on Tuesday it will release millions of barrels of oil from strategic reserves in coordination with China, India, South Korea, Japan and Britain, to try to cool prices after OPEC+ producers repeatedly ignored calls for more crude.

We expect Biden’s release from the strategic oil reserve to have no immediate or major impact at the pump since the cause for the rise in prices has little to do with price manipulation or shortages.

Meanwhile Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has the right idea about energy production in this country and his vision is in alignment with that of former President Donald Trump.

Both men know this country is totally capable of energy independence, we were in fact just there, and the only thing stopping us right now is the Biden administration and the left.

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