The White House inaccurately reassured the American people that there was no gas shortage in the U.S. after the Colonial Pipeline was attacked by cyber terrorists. In typical form, however, the White House acknowledged the problem mere hours later.
WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki enlisted the help of the Homeland Security advisers in an effort to show the American people the Biden administration was urgently working on the crisis. The officials urged Americans to remain calm, though denied having a gas shortage at all.
“Right now, there is not a supply shortage,” Sherwood-Randall told reporters.
Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber & Emerging Technologies Anne Neuberger says U.S. Treasury is working on “virtual asset standards” to “combat the exploitation of virtual currencies that are often used for payment in ransomware.” pic.twitter.com/tMchVkmhEu
— The Recount (@therecount) May 10, 2021
White House Homeland Security adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said the Department of Energy was talking to state and local agencies to assess fuel supplies and other impacts from the shutdown. https://t.co/ptxM4CJthr pic.twitter.com/LRovzOcqS8
— POLITICO (@politico) May 10, 2021
Psaki again telling mistruths to the American people about the lack of fuel shortage during the presser, noting: “at this point in time, we don’t see a supply issue.”
However, social media users began flooding the platforms with videos of long lines at gas stations, many of which were totally out of fuel. The crisis caused Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency. Only then did the White House admit there was in fact a problem.
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Colonial Pipeline Incident | The White House https://t.co/vmiBH6And1
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 11, 2021
Drives were alarmed when they were unable to fill-up their tanks on Tuesday. Many first-hand accounts posted now-viral videos to the social media, which show the true nature of the ongoing crisis.
Gas shortage thread
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) May 11, 2021
There have been several reports of fuel shortages in the U.S.
Moments ago it was reported that the CEO of the hacked pipeline company Colonial Pipeline has warned state officials in a private meeting Monday of potential fuel shortages.https://t.co/SNAgvjVnHV https://t.co/gn93P0l2I5
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) May 11, 2021
— Fly on the wall (@Huge2na) May 11, 2021
Author: Asa McCue