What Happened: President Biden announced a plan to release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a way to help curb rising costs at the gas pump.
It’s a brutal reminder now that Biden is releasing oil from the SPR to try to slightly offset growing prices that Dems attacked Republicans that wanted to fill up that reserve when oil prices were incredibly low and called it a “bailout for big oil”.
Today I’m announcing action to lower the cost of gas and oil for American families.— President Biden (@POTUS) November 23, 2021
The Department of Energy will make available releases of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas and oil prices for Americans.
As part of the plan, 32 million barrels will be returned to the Strategic Reserve once oil costs decrease. According to The Hill, another 18 million barrels will be released as an acceleration of an oil sale Congress had already authorized.
China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, which will also tap into their own strategic reserves.
A coordinated SPR release not only plunges OECD inventories even farther below 5 yr averages, it will bring US *EMERGENCY* oil supplies to the lowest levels since December of 2000.— Calvin Froedge (@calvinfroedge) November 22, 2021
Yes, you read that right. Biden is selling down US oil reserves to the lowest levels in 21 years. pic.twitter.com/lBfStRFz2h
Context: President Biden’s choice to tap into the Strategic Reserve comes as the country continues to experience record inflation and more Americans are becoming frustrated by the climbing numbers at the gas pump.
Earlier in November, The Labor Department released statistics that revealed inflation hit a 30-year high.
The consumer price index, which tracks inflation for a range of staple goods and services, rose 0.9 percent last month and 6.2 percent in the 12-month period ending in October. The rise in prices was driven largely by a 4.8 percent increase in energy costs for the month, including a 1.6 percent increase in gasoline prices. (per The Hill)
President Biden then accused oil companies of illegally raising prices.
What Republicans Say: Republican lawmakers have blasted President Biden’s poor policy decisions which have now forced him to tap into the reserves.
“Begging OPEC and Russia to increase production and now using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve are desperate attempts to address a Biden-caused disaster,” Republican Sen. John Barrasso said. “They’re not substitutes for American energy production.”
In a statement from his Save America PAC, Donald Trump also blasted President Biden’s decision.
“For decades our Country’s very important Strategic Oil Reserves were low or virtually empty in that no President wanted to pay the price of filling them up. I filled them up three years ago, right to the top, when oil prices were very low. Those reserves are meant to be used for serious emergencies, like war, and nothing else. Now I understand that Joe Biden will be announcing an “attack” on the newly brimming Strategic Oil Reserves so that he could get the close to record-setting high oil prices artificially lowered. We were energy independent one year ago, now we are at the mercy of OPEC, gasoline is selling for $7 in parts of California, going up all over the Country, and they are taking oil from our Strategic Reserves. Is this any way to run a Country?”
Biden shuts down our oil production – then opens the strategic oil reserves.— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) November 23, 2021
It’s impossible to have a dumber leader.
Thanks to American Briefing. Original here.