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One Million Barrels of Gasoline from Strategic Reserve to be Released: Jennifer Granholm

Congress-Mandated Gasoline Sale Aimed at Mitigating Prices During Summer Driving Season

In compliance with a congressional mandate, the Biden administration has announced the sale of one million barrels of gasoline from a strategic reserve in the Northeast. This initiative, timed to coincide with the summer driving season, is intended to help stabilize gasoline prices for consumers leading up to the July 4 holiday.

The sale of this government-owned stock, as stipulated in the spending bill passed by Congress in March, will involve the gradual release of gasoline from facilities located in the New York Harbor area and Maine. The allocation will be in increments of 100,000 barrels, to be sold through a competitive bidding process. The Energy Department’s announcement highlighted that the timing of the sale, strategically positioned between Memorial Day and Independence Day, is structured to have a targeted impact on gasoline prices.

Jennifer M. Granholm, the Secretary of Energy, emphasized the administration’s commitment to easing the financial burden on American families as they embark on summer road trips. Despite these efforts, the practical implications of the sale are expected to have a limited effect on gasoline prices. The one million barrels of gasoline, equivalent to approximately 42 million gallons, represent only a fraction of the daily gasoline consumption in the United States and the Northeast region.

In comparison, the U.S. consumed an average of around nine million barrels of gasoline per day last year, with the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions collectively accounting for approximately 2.5 million barrels. While this sale may not lead to a significant price impact, it aligns with President Biden’s previous actions to utilize energy reserves to address fluctuations in fuel prices.

Notably, following Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the White House initiated the release of over 100 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to stabilize gasoline prices. The Energy Department has been gradually replenishing the reserve this year, although a planned purchase of three million barrels was canceled last month due to price fluctuations.

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