Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave a press conference blaming the president for hiking gas prices in her district by depending too much on foreign oil.
At least, she blamed the president in 2007.
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As House speaker, Pelosi held a press conference blaming incumbent President George W. Bush for gas prices of $3.49, which would amount to $5.13 today because of inflation.
“With Memorial Day travel and the start of summer driving only a few weeks away, drivers are paying a heavy price for the Bush administration’s failure to enact a comprehensive energy strategy. Years of Bush administration’s policies that have favored Big Oil over the consumers have resulted in record dependence on foreign oil, leaving American families and businesses to pay even higher prices,” Pelosi said, before announcing several congressional hearings on the issue.
“This weekend, the nationwide average of $3.07 per gallon set a record exceeding last August’s previous record, and I’m particularly concerned because the highest price, $3.49 per gallon, is what is being charged in my district in San Francisco.”
On Tuesday, the average gas price in San Francisco was $5.11, according to Way.
Still, even with the gas crisis returning to her district, Pelosi has yet to blame Biden.
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In 2007, Nancy Pelosi blamed Bush and dependence on foreign oil for $3.49 gas in her district.
Today, a gallon of gas is $5.21 in San Francisco and Nancy Pelosi has yet to blame Biden's policies. pic.twitter.com/QE3KQ92GPe
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) August 14, 2023
Pelosi made a similar argument on other occasions. She blamed Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney later in Bush’s presidency, too.
“The price of oil,” she told CNN later. “Is attributed to two oil men in the White House and their protectors in the United States Senate.”
In 2007, other Democrats — like the late Nevada Sen. Harry Reid — were accusing Big Oil of raising prices out of corporate greed.
“Isn’t it interesting every year about this time, a refinery goes down for repairs,” Reid said in 2007, according to Reuters. “Is that coincidental? Or is it part of a plan that these multinational, huge companies who are making obscene profits in the tens of billions of dollars — is this part of their game to keep the profits going?”
More than 15 years later, sloganeering about “greedflation” still persists.
Pelosi, 83, has served as House speaker twice, first from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 until earlier this year.
Despite retiring from party leadership, Pelosi still serves as a rank-and-file representative in the House. She has yet to announce her decision on whether or not to run for re-election.
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