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United States Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted during a press briefing on Tuesday that she doesn’t know how many barrels of oil are consumed on a daily basis in the country, but critics aren’t so sure.
During the briefing, she announced that 50 million barrels of oil would be released from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a way to help with rising gas prices. When pressed by a reporter about how many barrels the United States consumed in a day, Granholm admitted that she didn’t know, and didn’t “have that number in front of” her.
Biden’s Secretary of Energy has no idea how much oil the U.S. consumes per day. pic.twitter.com/BdFZxDrEh3
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 23, 2021
Critics were quick to note that, as the energy secretary, she should probably be aware of something so critical, and central to her job description.
Shouldn’t the Secretary of *Energy* know basic answers to questions about energy?
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 23, 2021
She was also quick to note that “obviously the president doesn’t control the price of gasoline,” as criticism against Biden shutting down construction of oil pipelines mounts, as people experience growing pain at the pump.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm — the lady who laughed at the idea of increasing oil production to help struggling Americans paying more at the pump — now thinks it’s a very, very serious matter. pic.twitter.com/SfCGbkUaDV
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 23, 2021
Since her job literally revolves around everything energy-related, including “obviously” the consumption of it, people are wondering whether she was entirely honest when she revealed that she didn’t know how many barrels of oil are used up a day in America.
Perhaps, they suggest, she is lying because she knows that 50 million barrels of oil won’t be anywhere near sufficient to alleviate skyrocketing gas prices.
I am certain she knows and she’s lying. Why? Because the release of 50 million barrels sounds like a lot but it’s good for about 2.5 days and won’t put a dent in gas prices. https://t.co/6MM5r8CQdK
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) November 23, 2021
Or perhaps she knows, but thinks Americans are too dumb to find the answer themselves?
The energy secretary on the day of the announcement claims she doesn't know the answer.
Narrator: She knows the answer and they think you're dumb. https://t.co/pF216hTEhe
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) November 23, 2021
Regardless, the Twitter-verse was not impressed with her performance, and even less impressed with the overall state of gas prices:
An intelligent person would realize that we really can’t rely on overseas oil and should rely on domestic oil and should know how much oil the country consumes. It’s not rocket science..
— lee baker (@beastie1200) November 23, 2021
2 1/2 days…they released 2 1/2 days of gasoline from the Federal Reserves. 🤨 That’s not going to make up the deficit from trashing fossil fuels, limiting leases, and shutting down pipelines. It’s also not going to be a blip on the radar regarding prices at the pump…
— 🇺🇸Randy Odom🇺🇸🐘 (@RandyOdom) November 23, 2021
the reserves are not for lowering prices they are reserves for when access to our normal channels are in trouble – like a hurricane in the gulf – or hacked systems .. not for Joe to look better over the holiday
— NOMORE (@kathy5271) November 23, 2021
Why would she? She is not in that position because of knowledge, experience, or competence
— Timothy Atkins (@TimotheosAtkins) November 23, 2021
Yeah maybe would should bring back Rick Perry.
— OldJayhawk (@EPilat) November 23, 2021
Monty Python's cheese shop sketch, but Jenny Granholm is the shopkeeper.
C: It's not much of a cheese shop, is it?
O: Finest in the district sir!
C: Explain the logic underlying that conclusion, please.
O: Well, it's so clean, sir!
C: It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.
— J.P. Freire (@JPFreire) November 23, 2021
Build Back Vaguer
— Will Myers, Mr. Stinky Chicken Man (@Bill_CapHill) November 23, 2021
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