More than 1,000 gas stations across the southeastern United States reported fuel outages on Tuesday following a cyber-attack on Colonial Pipeline, the company that owns the largest pipeline in the nation.
Since then, shortages have been reported in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and others.
“The crunch is in the areas that are affected by the pipeline, the main spurs of the pipeline,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statment.
“So that really is the Southeast. It’s about 70% of the supplies of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and especially Southern Virginia are impacted the most. And so those are the areas that we have the greatest concerns with. And because of the fact that there’s not a whole lot of other supply… Now, this particular pipeline also supplies other states, but there are other pipelines that supply their states as well.”
The issue has rapidly spiked to emergency levels. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R), and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) all declared emergencies on Tuesday due to the crisis. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) declared an emergency over the matter on Monday.
The latest crisis adds to the already spiraling immigration problems along the nation’s southern border, increased inflation a weak April jobs’ report. Despite Biden celebrating his “accomplishments” following 100 days in office, a more realistic look reveals the administration is leading the nation to disaster.
And that’s just within our own borders. Remember those Middle East peace accords the Trump administration put together during the pandemic? Just 100 days later, Biden watches as war breaks out in the region.
China? Trump pushed back. Biden and Xi seem to be besties.
Russia? Trump and Putin at least had an understanding. Putin has taken personal offense at Biden’s comments, escalating tensions between the two former Cold War powers.
It’s hard to find something Biden’s administration has done well. Maybe 200 million plus shots? But then the vaccine was already made under Trump’s leadership. It wasn’t perfect, but it was done.
But reopening the economy and schools is Biden’s problem. At 100 days in office, Biden reached his so-called milestone of “most” students back to in-person learning. The actual difference was about an eight percent increase, a whopping 54 percent. That means more than 40 percent of public school students are still at home.
With Biden’s unemployment plan that pays people on the low end of the financial spectrum as much to stay home as to work, there’s suddenly a worker shortage, too. Republican-led states are now finding themselves having to cut off pandemic unemployment benefits, returning to pre-Covid levels, to encourage some Americans to return to work.
If you ask people how Biden is doing, you’ll might just get a dazed look. Most don’t know. He’s rarely seen, remaining the Hidin’ Biden from the 2020 campaign and the invisible president of 2021.
He’s not going to the border. He’s barely showing up at the office. Now, we’re short on gas — and 2024 can’t get here soon enough.