State of Emergency Declared in Florida

( – The effects of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack are being keenly felt as gas stations in the southeastern US are quickly running out of fuel. People are panic buying in a similar way as they did with toilet paper at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a lack of fuel is much more serious than a lack of toilet paper.

The main issue right now is the difficulty in getting gas delivered to stations. Due to this, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) issued a state of emergency.

This move will lift some restrictions on truckers trying to haul fuel into the state. DeSantis struck rules about delivery and travel times along with truck weight limits. He also issued a direct statement setting out a zero-tolerance policy in relation to price gouging, which is a huge concern for residents in areas with low supplies.

The governor is also speaking out about the lack of response on this issue from the White House. DeSantis called out President Joe Biden for reacting slowly and shrugging off the problem as ordinary people struggle. It seems in the face of yet another emergency, the president has left it up to the states to handle the bulk of the problem.

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