Obama Briefed on Propane Crisis, Walker Questions Price Gouging - WBAY

Obama Briefed on Propane Crisis, Walker Questions Price Gouging


Action 2 News has learned President Obama is being briefed on the state's propane shortage.

This as Governor Walker is asking the federal government to investigate any potential price gouging because of the continuing crisis affecting Wisconsin and the nation.

"In this case, it makes sense that I and other governors in the Midwest, as well as other leaders to ask the federal government to look into this," Walker said Tuesday. "Because you've got something that's not unique to Wisconsin. You've got multiple states here in the Midwest that have very similar trends."

Tuesday afternoon, White House administration officials briefed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) is a member.

She sent a letter to President Obama Saturday urging him to immediately act.

"We certainly hope they will see fit to moderate exports when there's a critical shortage affecting our state and others," Baldwin said Tuesday.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told Action 2 News in an interview Tuesday discussion are ongoing.

"I can tell you that everyone from the president on down in the White House is aware of the issue," Carney said. "It's something that our economic team is very focused on. In fact I was in a conversation about this just this morning. It's a matter of concern. I don't have any proposals to preview to you today, but I can tell you it very much has the attention of the White House."

An estimated 250,000 Wisconsinites use propane and could be affected by the shortage.

"Easing the export restrictions is probably a too little too late at this point," Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) said. "We've got to ease the burden right now. I know the governor's...this is primarily a state responsibility and the governor's I think reacting appropriately."

Walker declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

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