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Biden officials warn against hoarding gasoline amid shortages

Biden officials warn against hoarding gasoline amid shortages
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Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE on Wednesday warned against “hoarding” gasoline amid increasing shortages, echoing similar comments from Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmCleaner US gas can reduce Europe's reliance on Russian energy Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve Biden administration eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve MORE on Tuesday. 

“This is a time to be sensible and to be safe,” Buttigieg said during a White House press briefing. “Of course we understand the concern in areas where people are encountering temporary supply disruptions, but hoarding does not make things better.”

He also echoed a tweet from the Consumer Product Safety Commission warning people against putting gasoline into plastic bags, saying, “Under no circumstances should gasoline ever be put into anything but a vehicle directly or an approved container.”

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As of Wednesday morning, 28 percent of gas stations in North Carolina, nearly 18 percent of gas stations in Georgia and 16 percent of stations in South Carolina were reporting outages, according to GasBuddy.

In a Tuesday press briefing, Granholm made comments similar to those made by Buttigieg, saying “things will be back to normal soon, [and] we’re asking people not to hoard.”

The shortages come as many people sought to purchase gas amid the news over the weekend that the Colonial Pipeline shut down. The pipeline says it provides 45 percent of the fuel consumed by the East Coast, and shut down following a ransomware attack.