As Florida rebuilds from Hurricane Ian, many Floridians still lack power and energy. Amidst this crucial need, the Biden administration continues to cut domestic production. Thursday night, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL-03) appeared on Fox News' Evening Edit to discuss the issue of the continued emptying of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
Host Elizabeth MacDonald starts by expressing sympathy for Florida, then says "energy is so important now, for your state of Florida." Cammack responds, thanking MacDonald for her sympathy, followed by "all I keep hearing out of this administration is more political doublespeak."
She compares the depletion of the SPR to the large amounts of money the administration is spending. "They seem to think that, just the same way that money magically appears, in this administration, from the money tree, that they just keep spending to the tune of $8 trillion dollars, they're doing the exact same thing with energy."
As a result, says Cammack, it is vital that a devastated Southwest Florida have energy. "If we are going to rebuild," emphasizing the destruction Ian left in its wake, "and when I say "rebuild," I mean we're actually going to need to actually rebuild Fort Myers, Naples, Southwest Florida has been totally devastated, we're seeing effects all across the state, we need to have energy."
However, she states that the lack of domestic production has "crippled us." "But this administration's assault on our domestic energy production has absolutely crippled us." Cammack cites high gas prices, especially in California and shoots back at claims of widespread price gouging in the wake of Ian. "We're still seeing an average gas price of $6 dollars a gallon in California, and to insinuate that there's going to be price gouging, that would have to be at the most hyper-local-level. And again, they seem to lack a basic understanding of economics. It doesn't work that way."
Cammack posted the clip Friday morning.
As Florida bands together to support our communities most in need, we must remain focused on rebuilding, not depleting the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is meant for natural disasters in the first place. pic.twitter.com/eBnWNyxEG0
— Kat Cammack (@Kat_Cammack) September 30, 2022
"As Florida bands together to support our communities most in need, we must remain focused on rebuilding, not depleting the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is meant for natural disasters in the first place," says Cammack's tweet.