Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Joe Biden Will Keep Exploiting Our Strategic Petroleum Reserve Until Congress Stops Him; Senate GOP Calls Biden Plan to Refill Oil Reserve ‘highway robbery’; Rep. Randy Weber Leads House Resolution Panning Biden for ‘Recklessly Gutting’ Oil Reserves for Political Gain

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Joe Biden Will Keep Exploiting Our Strategic Petroleum Reserve Until Congress Stops Him:
Biden has abused the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve as his own personal bank of political capital.
President Joe Biden tapped the nation’s emergency petroleum reserve once again last week after the Saudis refused to ramp up oil production as the economy copes with energy shortages.
“I have been doing everything in my power to reduce gas prices since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine caused these prices to spike and rattled international oil markets,” Biden said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the war in eastern Europe.
The president unleashed an additional 15 million barrels from the strategic petroleum reserve after 180 million barrels were sold off at a pace of 1 million per day from April through mid-October. According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. uses about 20 million barrels of oil per day.
Biden’s claim to be doing “everything” in his power to reduce gas prices runs contrary to the White House’s energy policy since day one of his administration. The president immediately closed off public lands from new oil and gas leases for 18 months upon his inauguration, freezing investment in the capital- and labor-intensive industry while a cascade of taxes and regulations from the Department of the Interior suppressed production even further. Biden also blocked plans for a major oil refinery in the Virgin Islands, keeping U.S. refining capacity on a downward trajectory after decades of decline.
Biden has repeatedly turned to the oil reserve throughout his first two years in office whenever gas prices approach new records, antagonizing voters who are already stressed by four-decade-high inflation. Last November, the president tapped the reserve for 50 million barrels of oil ahead of Thanksgiving. Months later, Biden looked to the reserve again for 30 million barrels at the onset of Russia’s war with Ukraine. The White House followed up that release with the unprecedented 180 million barrels drawn out to coincide with the midterms season. The president’s decision now to tap another 15 million barrels just before Election Day signals he’s doing everything in his power to avoid unleashing domestic power production, contrary to his claims at the White House last week.
By the end of the year, Biden will have purged 275 million barrels of oil from the reserve, which has an authorized capacity of 714 million. According to the Department of Energy, the reserve now holds less than 400 million barrels of petroleum, marking its lowest level since 1984. The emergency petroleum reserve, established in the 1970s to prepare the U.S. for a sudden and severe disruption in supply such as a hurricane hampering gulf coast refineries, has been transformed into the president’s personal oil bank to cash in on for political capital. --->READ MORE HERE
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Senate GOP calls Biden plan to refill oil reserve ‘highway robbery’:
President Biden’s plan to refill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve when oil returns to around $70 per barrel — after releasing 180 million barrels this year to lower gas prices — faces a potential hurdle from Senate Republicans who tell The Post it’s a bad deal for taxpayers.
Biden’s proposed purchase price is more than double what Republicans wanted to spend to top off the reserve when the cost per barrel was near $20 two years ago.
“Democrats are hoping to get away with highway robbery once again.” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told The Post.
Democrats led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blocked then-President Donald Trump’s attempt in 2020 to add 77 million barrels of oil to the SPR. The same purchase would cost nearly $4 billion more at Biden’s proposed rate.
“Chuck Schumer killed the chance to work with Republicans to strengthen our energy security two years ago when oil prices were low,” Barrasso said.
“Now, after draining our emergency reserves to a 40-year low, Democrats want billions more of taxpayer dollars to refill the SPR at more than double the price. This is a direct attack on every single American struggling to fill their tanks and heat their homes.” --->READ MORE HERE
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+++++Rep. Randy Weber Leads House Resolution Panning Biden for ‘Recklessly Gutting’ Oil Reserves for Political Gain+++++

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