3:06 P.M. EDTMS. JEAN-PIERRE: Good afternoon, everybody. Okay. Today I would like to welcome Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm back to the Briefing Room. Secretary Granholm is here to talk about gas prices and Putin’s price hike, which you just heard the President talk about just about an hour ago.
So we’re really glad to have her here. Secretary Granholm flew in over 800 miles — we were counting this up — just this morning to be here with all of you to take your questions, because we know how important this is to us and to the President. And so, therefore, she’ll have some brief remarks, and then she’ll take your questions.
Okay. All yours.
SECRETARY GRANHOLM: Great. Thank you, Karine. Hi, everybody.So as we all know, the summer driving season is underway, and Americans are paying more at the pump every time they fill up their gas tu- — gas tank.
This is a global problem. There are two causes for it, which these high prices derive from. One is, of course, Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. Vladi- — Russia is a very high exporter of oil. Because of the invasion of Ukraine, countries like the United States and Canada rightfully have said, “We are not going to take any Russian …