In the aftermath of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack leading to a shortage of fuel in various places, former President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden, asking if he perhaps has put his son Hunter Biden in charge of the country’s energy.
“If there were long and horrible gas lines like this under President Trump, the Fake News would make it a national outrage!” Trump said in a statement on Wednesday, May 12.
“Did Joe Biden put Hunter in charge of our energy, with all of his Burisma experience? Even Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is lost!” he said.
Trump referred to the scandal involving alleged conflicts of interest resulting from Hunter Biden’s lucrative role as a director on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm with a reputation for corruption when then-vice president Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine policy.
Trump’s remarks came when most of the East Coast is dealing with the fallout from a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, the country’s largest oil pipeline. The assault, which shut down the pipeline, prompted many states to declare states of emergency, allowing oil to be transported by road temporarily.
At the White House press briefing on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm cautioned against gas hoarding, claiming that it would lead to a “supply crunch,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“Much as there was no cause for, say, hoarding toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic, there should be no cause for hoarding gasoline, especially in light of the fact that the pipeline should be substantially operational by the end of this week and over the weekend,” Granholm said.
Until Wednesday, the national average for a gallon of gas reached $3 for the first time since 2014, with experts warning that delays in reopening the pipeline may affect summer travel.
“Gas prices … shoot up like a rocket or like fireworks, and they come back down as slowly as a feather,” said John Townsend, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Also, at the news briefing, Granholm was confronted by a reporter about the “feasibility of using rail cars to transport fuel into the affected areas,” according to CNS News.
Despite President Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline and his anti-fossil fuel policies, Granholm admitted that “the pipe is the best way to go.”
“So, this particular area of the country there—this is why we have doubled down on ensuring that there’s an ability to truck oil in, gas in. But it’s— it’s—the pipe is the best way to go. And so that’s why hopefully this company, Colonial, will in fact be able to restore operations by the end of the week, as they have said.”
Also, on Wednesday, Colonial Pipeline announced that it has started resuming fuel distribution operations but that it will take several days to reach full capacity.