Biden Tapping into Gasoline Reserve to Tame Prices as Election Looms

 

SAN ANGELO, TX - The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will be tapping into a gasoline stockpile meant for emergency situations to bring down prices at the pump ahead of the 2024 elections.

“President Biden just pulled another political move out of his dirty hat,” stated U.S. Representative August Pfluger (TX-11). “He’s choosing to release more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, one of our most important security assets! He’s frantically trying to lower gas prices to increase his poll ratings. If he actually wanted to ease Americans’ pain at the pump, he would put an end to his radical green agenda.”

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will be releasing one million barrels of gasoline from the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve (NGSR) with the explicit goal of bringing down gas prices. The NGSR was established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to provide energy supply to the Northeast in the event of emergency or significant disruptions, serving as a de facto extension of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), according to the DOE.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is laser focused on lowering prices at the pump for American families, especially as drivers hit the road for summer driving season,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “By strategically releasing this reserve in between Memorial Day and July 4th, we are ensuring sufficient supply flows to the tri-state and northeast at a time hardworking Americans need it the most.” 

Nationwide, the current average price per gallon of gas at the pump is about $3.60, according to AAA. Prices are generally higher than average in Northeastern markets, which figure to benefit most from the releases announced Tuesday.

While the nationwide average price of a gallon of gas has decreased over the past month, it is still higher than it was at this point last year, according to AAA. About 900,000 barrels will be drawn from a storage facility in Port Reading, New Jersey, while the remainder will come from a reserve site located in South Portland, Maine, according to the DOE.

The Biden administration released about 200 million barrels from the SPR in the months leading up to the 2022 midterm elections as high gas prices caused political headaches for President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats. Several million barrels were sold to Chinese companies, and the SPR currently sits at its lowest levels in about four decades despite the administration’s efforts to replenish it, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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