Gov. DeSantis demands Biden 'steps up' on Russia's pipeline cyberattack and 'helps mitigate' crisis as 2,000 stations across South run dry, gas prices top $3 and fights break out at pumps
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called on the Biden administration to ‘step up’ and do more to ease the fuel crisis that is gripping the southern Atlantic seaboard, after hackers tied to Russia disabled a key pipeline.
‘I think this is something that demands really serious federal attention. This was essentially a cyberattack on critical infrastructure in our country,’ DeSantis said in Jacksonville on Tuesday. ‘You can’t just say it’s a private pipeline therefore, we’re not going to be involved. No, the U.S. government needs to be involved. They need to help mitigate this.’
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‘My fear is you have these gas shortages, it’s going to cause a lot of problems for people, just the convenience of life, but also for our economy,’ DeSantis said.
The Biden administration insists that it is taking steps to address the crisis, by relaxing regulations on trucking to help resupply dry stations and considering suspending rules that mandate American ships be used for transfers between U.S. ports.
‘There is a lot that is involved in getting a pipeline up and running,’ Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said at the daily White House briefing on Wednesday. ‘We’re not wasting any time, and haven’t been since even over the weekend, in taking the steps that are needed to mitigate any shortages.’