Biden Bits: And We’re Not Done Working…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

When Biden Bits was posted for Monday, President Biden had not tweeted. He ended up with a Monday Tweeting Total of 3 tweets and 0 retweets.

All three of his tweets from Monday, focus on gas prices.

On June 22nd, 2022, President Biden called on Congress to suspended the federal gas tax for three-months.

A similar tweet from President Biden was issued on July 13th, 2022; on July 14th, 2022, I said:

The source for the chart says: Data from CME and AAA via Haver…

I found Haver but not the “data” used. I think it’s one of the paid analytics web services.

Anyhoo…

I did find that the price of Crude Oil per barrel as of the 12th, of July, was $95.84 via EIA.gov. That figure is reflected in the chart by the blue line.

AAA says as of July 13th, 2022, the national average for a gallon of gas was $4.631. That figure is reflected in the chart by the red line.

*shrug*

the News Blender. 07/14/2022.

As of today Gas Prices.AAA.com says the national average for a gallon of gas is $4.495.

While normally, I put newest daily tweets under his public schedule; today, I’m going off book.

His first Tuesday Tweet:

His second Tuesday Tweet:

March 31st, 2022, the White House posted the following fact-sheet; President Biden’s Plan to Respond to Putin’s Price Hike at the Pump

Snip:

Historic Release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a Bridge Through the Crisis

After consultation with allies and partners, the President will announce the largest release of oil reserves in history, putting one million additional barrels on the market per day on average – every day – for the next six months.  The scale of this release is unprecedented: the world has never had a release of oil reserves at this 1 million per day rate for this length of time. This record release will provide a historic amount of supply to serve as bridge until the end of the year when domestic production ramps up. 

The Department of Energy will use the revenue from the release to restock the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in future years. This will provide a signal of future demand and help encourage domestic production today, and will ensure the continued readiness of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to respond to future emergencies.  

President Biden is coordinating this action with allies and partners around the world, and other countries are expected to join in this action, bringing the total release to well over an average 1 million barrels per day.

White House.gov. 03/31/2022.

I found this guy via Googling “gas prices”…

My top four Google “news” hits:

CNN: More US stations are selling gas for less than $4 a gallon

The above was written on Monday; Gasoline for less than $4 a gallon is back, at least in some spots.Nearly one in five gas stations is charging under the $4 mark for a gallon of regular gas, according to OPIS, which surveys US gas stations to compute price averages for AAA. That’s about 24,000 stations nationwide, mostly in the Southeast and in oil patch states like Texas and Oklahoma.

NBC News: Hack the pump: Rising prices lead to more reports of gas theft

The above was also written on Monday, but updated this morning; With gas prices at record highs in the U.S. in recent months, some people have turned to hacking the pump. Since prices spiked in March, police have arrested at least 22 people across the country for either digitally manipulating computers that manage gas pumps or installing homemade devices to discount their fuel, according to an NBC News review of police and local news reports.

CBS News (out of Boston): Gas prices in Massachusetts drop 11 cents in last week

The article was written today; Gas prices in Massachusetts are down 11 cents in the last week, AAA reported Tuesday. The average for a gallon is now $4.62, down from $4.73 a week ago. A month ago it was $5.01. The record high of $5.05 a gallon was set back on June 12.

ABC7.com (Los Angeles): Gas prices drop in Los Angeles, Orange counties for 35th straight day

The article was written today; The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County decreased Tuesday for the 35th consecutive day, dropping 2.7 cents to $5.933, it lowest amount since May 13. The average price has dropped 52.9 cents over the past 35 days, including 1 cent Monday, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. It is 19 cents less than one week ago and 48.9 cents lower than one month ago, but $1.579 more than one year ago.

The above information was found using just the key words “gas prices”.

I can’t really find a reason for the above tweets; nothing screams that he’s getting ahead of any “news”…

One possible reason for all the gas tweets is it’s now being reported that he is traveling to Boston tomorrow to talk about climate issues…

WPRI.com:

President Biden is traveling to Southeastern Massachusetts on Wednesday, 12 News has confirmed.

The White House confirmed Tuesday the President is scheduled to travel to Somerset to discuss the country’s ongoing climate issues.

“The president will deliver remarks on tackling the climate crisis and seizing the opportunity of a clean energy future to create jobs and lower costs for families,” White House officials wrote in a media advisory.

WPRI.com. 07/19/2022.

Reminder: the above is just an opinion of mine, to figure out where these gas price tweets are coming from. Results may vary…

President Biden’s Public Schedule for Tuesday, July 19th, 2022.

0:00 AMThe President and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief
Oval OfficeClosed Press
3:00 PMIn-Town Pool Call Time
The White HouseIn-Town Pool
3:00 PMPress Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

The Latest from White House.gov:

FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration Builds on Efforts to Bring Home American Hostages and Wrongful Detainees

Today, President Biden reaffirms his commitment to bring home Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained abroad by issuing a new executive order (E.O.), Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home. This E.O. expands the tools available to deter and disrupt hostage-taking and wrongful detentions.  It creates new ways to impose costs on terrorist organizations, criminal groups, and other malicious actors who take hostages for financial, political, or other gains and thus threaten the integrity of the international political system and the safety of U.S. nationals and other persons abroad.  This E.O. advances the unwavering commitment of the United States to bring home Americans who are held hostage or wrongfully detained.

In addition, the Biden-Harris Administration is introducing a new risk indicator—the “D” indicator—to the State Department’s Travel Advisories to inform American travelers of the risk of wrongful detention by a foreign government.  This additional risk indicator will highlight the elevated risk that Americans face in particular countries and provide Americans with comprehensive safety and security information with which to make informed travel decisions.  The “D” indicator joins the existing “K” indicator that covers risk of kidnapping and hostage-taking by non-state actors, as well as a range of other existing risk indicators.  State Department Travel Advisories are continuously revised and updated based on a comprehensive review of all available safety information and ongoing developments.

The executive order will generate expanded and enhanced ways to address the hostage-taking and wrongful detention of Americans abroad.  This E.O. reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued commitment to bringing them home.  In particular, this E.O. draws on the 2020 Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act and reinforces the Administration’s tool kit in key ways.  Specifically, this E.O.:

White House.gov. 07/19/2022.
  • Reinforces the U.S. Government’s efforts to support families of Americans wrongfully detained or held hostage overseas;
  • Authorizes agencies to impose costs and consequences, including financial sanctions, on those who are involved, directly or indirectly, in hostage-taking or wrongful detentions to support expanded and ongoing interagency efforts; 
  • Directs relevant parts of the U.S. Government to bolster their engagement and sharing of relevant information, including intelligence information, consistent with the protection of sources and methods, with families regarding their loved ones’ status and U.S. Government efforts to secure their release or return, as appropriate; and
  • Charges experts across the interagency to develop options and strategies to deter future hostage-taking and wrongful detentions.

This E.O. is informed by our regular communications with the families and other stakeholders who have undertaken incredible advocacy efforts on behalf of their loved ones.  The Biden-Harris Administration appreciates the continued diligence of such families and considers them essential partners in our efforts to bring Americans home.  President Biden and experts across the Administration will draw on this E.O. to advance our efforts and remain committed to reuniting Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained with their families. 

White House.gov. 07/19/2022.

Executive Order on Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home

Message to the Congress on Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

     Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to hostage-taking and the wrongful detention of United States nationals.

     Hostage-taking and the wrongful detention of United States nationals are heinous acts that undermine the rule of law.  Terrorist organizations, criminal groups, and other malicious actors who take hostages for financial, political, or other gain — as well as foreign states that engage in the practice of wrongful detention, including for political leverage or to seek concessions from the United States — threaten the integrity of the international political system and the safety of United States nationals and other persons abroad.  I have determined that hostage-taking and the wrongful detention of United States nationals abroad constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.

     I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.

White House.gov. 07/19/2022.

Background Press Call on President Biden’s New Executive Order to Bolster Efforts to Bring Home American Hostages and Wrongful Detainees

President Biden has tweeted…

He has tweeted 3 times so far for Tuesday; his first 2 tweets are posted above.

His 3rd tweet…

The above fact sheet is from July 12th, 2022; you can find his related tweet and the full fact-sheet @ the News Blender

The daily press briefing is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. D.C., time.

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