Senior State Department official says he prefers high gas prices

A U.S. State Department official has deleted his Twitter account after facing considerable scrutiny for saying he prefers high gas prices because they lead to fewer carbon emissions.

The controversy erupted Friday, when Alan Eyre, a longtime State Department staffer and senior foreign service officer, tweeted, "I prefer high gas prices = less driving, less CO2." The tweet was in response to a post from President Joe Biden claiming American families were paying less per month on average than they were during "peak prices."

Users on the social media platform began slamming Eyre, who described himself in his now-deleted Twitter bio as a government "bureaucrat," over the hot take. California GOP congressional candidate Ron Bassilian called Eyre a “ghoul” over the comment before noting that gas prices are “inelastic” to drivers.
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