Skyrocketing gas prices impact Californians

Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Office

On March 21, Congressman Kevin McCarthy held a press conference to discuss the energy crisis and hold Democrats accountable for their bad policies which have driven up gas prices to a State average of $5.85 a gallon — nearly $2 more per gallon than it cost a year ago.

McCarthy was joined by Taft Mayor Dave Noerr, Mike Gooding of San Joaquin Facilities Management, Inc., Phillip Larrea of E&B Natural Resources, Chris Hall of Drilling & Production Co., Assemblyman Vince Fong, State Senator Shannon Grove, Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner, and Steve Layton with E&B Natural Resources to discuss the impact that high gas prices are having on California and how misguided anti-American oil policies are contributing to these skyrocketing energy prices.

“There’s not one Californian that would want to give their money to Vladimir Putin, but because of the decisions [being made] in Sacramento, that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy. “If you care about the environment and want an environmentally sound way of [producing oil], produce it in America...A new study came out: just from inflation and where the price of oil is today, it’s going to cost families $6,000 more dollars from President Biden in office — just because of his policies.”

Senator Shannon Grove: “We are producing energy here that is safe and that has a quality that is beyond any environmental policy anywhere in the world. We are the power structure of the State of California.”

Assemblyman Vince Fong: “Our state consumes 1.8 million barrels of oil a day and our state produces around 370 thousand barrels, so where does that difference come from? That difference comes from foreign countries. We should not be getting our oil supply from foreign countries that don’t like us.”

Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner: “We all know that this industry is the lifeblood of Kern County, and frankly this industry will be here for many years to come.”

Story First Published: 2022-04-08