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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday she was unaware of any direct talks between Biden administration officials and energy companies about efforts to slash gas prices.

Saki a. answered a question regarding Reuters The report said the White House was in contact with US-based oil and gas producers about the energy crisis. Sources said the talks took place on a range of topics, including gas prices.

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“I’m not really aware of any contact with the oil and gas companies around this particular issue.”

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The Biden administration is under pressure to address the global fuel shortage, which has led to increased prices at the pump for US consumers. As of Wednesday, the price of gas reached about $3.29 per gallon, an increase of more than $1 from a year ago.

Psaki said Biden’s top economic advisers were exploring possible solutions.

“The president has asked his economic team, as he does on any issue affecting the public, to continue discussing what options we can take to address these shortcomings,” Saki said. Huh.” “We know that some of the problem here is supply as a result of the pandemic and there is a shortage of natural gas around the world, so there is a need to continue exporting natural gas to the United States.”

Psaki said the White House was considering “a range of options”, but declined to provide further details.

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The White House has asked OPEC+, which includes members of the OPEC oil cartel and allies including Russia, to expand production to help address global fuel shortages. Despite the pressure, OPEC+ countries said earlier this month that they maintain their current benchmarks for fuel production.