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Biden Open to Using Cold-War Era Law to Ramp Up Gasoline Output

Raw crude oil is off-loaded from tanker trucks to be refined into gasoline at a Marathon Petroleum oil refinery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Raw crude oil is off-loaded from tanker trucks to be refined into gasoline at a Marathon Petroleum oil refinery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg

The White House is willing to use the same emergency wartime law it invoked to increase the production of baby formula and bolster solar manufacturing to boost the nation’s supply of gasoline. 

President Joe Biden is open to using the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to increase gasoline output “and lower costs at the pump,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a briefing Wednesday.