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U.S. petroleum reserve is a versatile weapon

Marketplace -- The U.S. created the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after the oil embargo of the 1970s. Blake Clayton at the Council on Foreign Relations says that was the first time America faced its utter dependence on oil and realized, "These kinds of oil shortages can wreak havoc on the national economy." The official goal of the reserve remains to keep oil flowing in case of emergency. "Not just when supply is low, but when that shortage means the national economy could actually be derailed."

But the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has another, unofficial, function. The White House can tease the oil market with its 700 million barrels of sweet and sour crude, just sitting there. That's why you hear officials -- and the president -- constantly referring to the reserve in speeches as being "on the table."



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Submitted Oct 03, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 5:02:18 AM

making it militaristic now?
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Wizrd03
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:30:21 AM

The SPR is a tease used by this administration for political purposes, not what it is mant to be
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tomok
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 2:31:01 AM

U.S. petroleum reserve is a versatile weapon but the SPR is Not to be used except in a national emergency! The SPR is a reserve of oil to produce fuel for the military and the countries defense.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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LOL, I won't bother stating that Aviator Rob can't be serious because he probably believes what he posts.
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LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 11:42:04 PM

SPR is being used as a political weapon? a threat?
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 11:16:57 PM

and when the oil companies pay off our politians not to use it what do we do then
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 11:15:13 PM

k
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Aviator Rob-- no other President had to.
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 11:08:33 PM

Reserve means Reserve.
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Ashleighnicole2
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 11:05:28 PM

RESERVE shouldnt be short term
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:58:03 PM

You can't be serious, @Mowerman08.

The President has expanded the SPR more than any other president in recent memory.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:56:33 PM

short term is all it's good for
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:55:51 PM

using the reserve is stupid
we'll need it when Iran gets attacked and even then prices will soar
but I'd rahter have a non nuclear Iran than a nuclear Iran
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:55:40 PM

SPR - for emergency not political manipulation.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:52:21 PM

If Obama had his way, there would NOT be a strategic petroleum reserve any more. It would be replaced with wind mills and solar cells!
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:51:21 PM

The reserve is not to be used for short term.
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The reserve may not be needed when we are oil independent.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:50:24 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:49:28 PM

sweet and sour.. mmm... my car wants some chi-nese
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:46:21 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:46:18 PM

Weapon no kidding!
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Hey 1wI: Do yo know the only business experience obama has, NONE
1wi=idiot liberal
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:38:56 PM

Wrong the Strategic Oil Reserve was not created to be used for oil price stabilization (manipulation) it was created to be an emergency reserve in case of supply problems
Not to be political ploy for garnering votes


[Edited by: txkrb at 10/3/2012 11:39:08 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:38:12 PM

Romney is know what to do.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:37:47 PM

Weapon? I didn't even bother reading.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:36:04 PM

sure!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:35:32 PM

shaking head
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:32:38 PM

A National energy policy would certainly help.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:31:57 PM

So why aren't they using it to stabilize prices as intended?
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:27:07 PM

Only if used properly
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:27:01 PM

OKAY !!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:26:41 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:26:15 PM

A weapon against the US consumer.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:25:36 PM

abacus44....totally agree
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:23:01 PM

Also can be used as a political tool by political tools.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:21:43 PM

K
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:18:10 PM

So "teasing" is a versatile weapon? I don't think so.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:16:45 PM

Good
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:15:28 PM

The U.S. has access to enough oil to make us independent. We just need to drill for it.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:12:04 PM

Weapon?
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:08:11 PM

Another thing our government can screw up in some way to cost the consumer more at the pump.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:07:43 PM

Power play.
Tax dollars spent so fellahs can throw their weight around.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:02:05 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:01:12 PM

Leave the reserves alone.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:57:03 PM

I think the market is bigger than this...the only real use of the Strategic Reserve is for a true crisis or supply cut off.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:56:53 PM

it serves several purposes other than a reserve
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:56:13 PM

everything has its moment.
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It's another government bureaucracy that's out of control and costing us millions.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:54:06 PM

more BS so we pay more
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