Opinion: Biden’s SPR Release is a Political Stunt that Risks National Security

The cumulative effect of the administration’s assault on all fossil fuels discourages the capital investment required to drill even one new well, writes Mark R. Robeck, former DOE deputy general counsel for energy policy.

Mark R. Robeck, Former Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy
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President Biden’s pursuit of his no-fossil-fuels energy policies caused high gas prices well before Russia invaded Ukraine, Robeck claimes. (Source: Shutterstock.com)

The Biden Administration’s politically motivated release, over six months, of 180 million barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) exceeds his authority and threatens national security.

Following the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, Congress created the SPR through the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975. To prevent government interference with normal market functions, EPCA specifically limited oil reserve releases when there are emergency shortages caused by a severe interruption of imported or domestic oil supply, or an act of sabotage, terrorism, or “acts of God” such as hurricanes.

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