DeSantis To Unveil Plan To ‘Achieve $2 Gas’ If Elected President

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will release his energy policy agenda Wednesday to “achieve $2 gas” and reduce energy costs if president, according to a copy of the plan obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

DeSantis’ six-part “Freedom To Fuel” plan will be the fourth policy rollout of his presidential campaign, followed by his agenda for immigration, the military and the economy. The governor plans to “Restore American Energy Dominance,” “Save the American Automobile,” “Elevate Evidence Over Ideology,” Reform Environmental Permitting and End Green Lawfare,” “Jump-Start Critical Mineral and Federal Land Development” and “Build the Most Efficient, Affordable, and Reliable Energy Grid in the World,” according to the proposal. (RELATED: We Asked Every GOP 2024 Hopeful If They’d Abolish The EPA And Repeal Biden’s Climate Law. Here’s What They Said.)

“As President, I will be laser-focused on reducing gas prices and energy costs,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We will unleash American energy dominance as a way to stop inflation and achieve $2 gas in 2025. We need a pro-America energy policy that puts Midland over Moscow, the Marcellus over the Mullahs, and the Bakken over Beijing. We will reverse American decline by reversing Biden’s America last energy agenda, eliminating reliance on hostile nations for energy, and putting the economic interests of Americans before the radical left’s ideological agenda.”

DeSantis will pledge to “crush inflation” through oil and gas production by advancing pipelines and other infrastructure, according to the proposal. The governor plans on strengthening American energy exports, refilling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and bolster the nuclear energy industry.

The governor’s agenda would also repeal several of President Joe Biden’s climate provisions, like the Clean Power Plan, the “waters of the United States” rule, electric vehicle (EV) mandates, targeting of gas stoves and other appliances and any other rules that enable energy dependence on China, according to the proposal.

DeSantis unveiled his plans to “stop the invasion” at the southern border in late June, and in July he promised to “rip woke out of the military” and pitched his “Declaration of Economic Independence.”

The RealClearPolitics (RCP) average for a 2024 national Republican primary, based on polls conducted between Sept. 6 and Sept. 18, indicates former President Donald Trump is leading DeSantis 58.8% to 12.5% among the crowded field. DeSantis largely remains in second across all four key early primary state surveys in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, according to the most recent polling compiled by FiveThirtyEight.

One survey conducted by Monmouth University/The Washington Post from Sept. 6 to Sept. 11 indicates that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is second to Trump in her home state, followed by Sen. Tim Scott at 10% and DeSantis at 9%. In New Hampshire, an Echelon Insights poll from mid-August suggests former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is second to Trump, followed by conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy with 11% and DeSantis with 9%.

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