Florida Governor's Bold Promise: $2 Gas Prices if Elected President, but Experts Skeptical

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 09/20/2023
In a recent announcement, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made a bold promise to reduce gas prices to $2 per gallon if he is elected as the President of the United States in the upcoming year. However, experts in the field of energy analysis have pointed out that this claim is highly unlikely to be achieved due to the limited influence a president has over the global oil market.

As part of a recently announced energy agenda in Texas, a state known for its abundant oil reserves, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate has made a commitment to prioritize the reduction of gas prices and energy costs. This includes a specific goal of achieving $2-per-gallon gas by the year 2025, which will be accomplished through an increase in domestic oil production.


In addition to his energy proposal, Mr. DeSantis intends to reverse President Biden's policies and tax credits that encourage the use of electric vehicles, implement energy efficiency standards for household appliances, eliminate net-zero commitments, and expedite the approval process for new energy projects.

According to Mr. DeSantis, the objective is to revive American energy dominance, protect the American automobile industry, and guarantee energy security for the United States. The high cost of energy poses a significant challenge for individuals with limited financial resources.

According to AAA, as of Wednesday, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline stood at $3.88. The current price is approximately 20 cents higher compared to the price one year ago.

Presidents have limited influence over the short-term fluctuations in gasoline prices because these prices are primarily determined by global factors that are beyond their control. Furthermore, the production of oil in the United States is largely managed by private companies, further reducing the direct impact that presidents can have on pump prices. The current high prices of gas and oil have been made worse by several factors. One of these factors is the reduction in output from OPEC+ countries, specifically Russia and Saudi Arabia, which are the second and third largest oil producers in the world and have state-run industries. Another factor is the cautious approach taken by domestic producers in response to the pandemic. Additionally, there is strong global demand for oil, further driving up prices. Lastly, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine involving Russia has disrupted the global flow of oil, contributing to the problem.

Despite President Biden's efforts to restrict fossil fuels as part of his climate change agenda, American producers are on track to achieve a record-breaking oil production by the end of the year.

According to energy analysts, Mr. Biden's environmental policies and inconsistent messaging regarding oil production have resulted in regulatory uncertainty. This uncertainty, they argue, can have adverse effects on long-term output and costs in the energy sector.

According to Patrick De Haan, a gas analyst and the founder of GasBuddy, a fuel price monitoring app, he criticized Mr. DeSantis' promise of $2-per-gallon gas as being unrealistic and not feasible due to external global factors that are beyond his control.

According to Mr. De Haan, a crucial aspect to consider is that a presidential candidate is making a promise that is beyond their control, regardless of their political affiliation. This statement emphasizes the significance of the issue, irrespective of one's stance on the matter. The suggestion that his policies can lead to this price at the pump is considered asinine. When making decisions, it is important to take into account various factors and considerations.

Other considerations that should be taken into account are state and federal gas taxes, the potential shift to a dirtier form of gasoline, and the potential relaxation of EPA requirements.

In addition, Mr. De Haan made the point that setting a price point as low as this would have a negative impact on production incentive. This is especially relevant in the post-pandemic era, where producers are already cautious about potential decreases in prices.

He stated that our society operates under a capitalist system. Disincentivizing a company from producing its product can occur when policies are abruptly implemented or when the price of goods is significantly reduced.

During the unveiling of his energy plan, Mr. DeSantis responded to reporters' inquiries by adjusting his initial commitment of $2, expressing his belief that achieving a near approximation of the stated goal is feasible.

According to the speaker, it is highly likely that the price will decrease to below $3 and possibly even reach $2. The speaker believes that the conditions are favorable for this to occur. The primary motivation behind today's announcement is to address the pressing issue of providing relief to the American people when it comes to the cost of fuel.


In his remarks, Mr. DeSantis criticized the green energy agenda of the Biden administration, suggesting that it is an attempt to exert control over individuals and their actions.

According to his statement, there is an attempt to restrict the options available to American citizens. There has been a noticeable and deliberate attempt to intensify concerns surrounding topics such as global warming and climate change.


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