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Joe Biden is reportedly scrambling as the gas shortage crisis intensifies.
According to The Daily Wire:
The governors of four states have issued state of emergency declarations as they face gas outages sparked by the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attacks.
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia have all implemented states of emergency, “allowing state governments to activate the National Guard as needed, and helps streamline cooperation between state and local officials,” according to DW.
North Carolina has been hit the hardest by the cyberattack, seeing about 14.7% of the state’s fuel stations experiencing gasoline outages, Fox Business reported Tuesday.
Virginia was hit second-hardest, with about 9.6% of the state’s fuel stations reporting gasoline outages. Georgia followed, seeing 9.4% of its stations facing shortages.
The Biden administration is scrambling to ease the gasoline crunch that is causing scattered shortages and fears of price spikes in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast — one of the most economically and politically worrisome consequences of the cyberattack that shuttered one of the nation’s biggest fuel pipelines.
The moves, including waivers of some environmental and labor rules to ease gasoline shipments, come as the closure of the Colonial Pipeline enters its fifth day, further straining a fuel market approaching its busiest season of the year. Already, industry estimates indicate that about 8 percent of gas stations in Virginia and North Carolina are out of fuel, even if supplies nationwide are ample enough to cope with demand.
Gas stations in Virginia are currently running out of fuel, as of Wednesday.