White House releases more oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve ahead of election

Gas prices have risen over the past month, and according to Breitbart, President Joe Biden has responded by yet again releasing 15 million more gallons of oil out of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

However, critics point out how the SPR was created as an emergency store of energy rather than a tool to manipulate gas prices. That’s led some to claim Biden is putting America at risk in order to buy an election. 

SPR at its lowest level in nearly four decades

One of those critics is Wall Street Journal columnist Alexander Zemek, and he argued in a piece last month that the president’s “rapid depletion of the SPR is a national-security risk.”

“The SPR is at its lowest level since 1984, when U.S. oil consumption was considerably less and the reserve was initially being stocked,” he pointed out.

Biden’s latest SPR release comes a week after the government of Saudi Arabia announced that his administration had demanded that it delay a cut in oil production until after this year’s midterm election.

“The government of the kingdom clarified through its continuous consultation with the US administration that all economic analysis indicates that postponing the OPEC+ decision by a month, according to what has been suggested, would have had negative economic consequences,” Fox News quoted a Saudi government statement as saying.

Fox News noted that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reacted to the news by accusing Saudi Arabia of siding with Russia in its war on Ukraine.

“We believe by the decision that OPEC+ made last week, [Saudi Arabia is] certainly aligning themselves with Russia,” Jean-Pierre told journalists during a White House press briefing.

“And right now, this is not the time to be aligning with Russia, especially with this brutal, unprecedented war that they started in Ukraine,” she added.

GOP congressman calls for investigation into Saudi allegations

Yet Fox News also reported that this past Friday, Wisconsin Rep. Tom Tiffany called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin hearings on whether the Biden administration had tried to pressure a foreign government into influencing the outcome of America’s election.

The Republican lawmaker said the matter is “very serious” and “may very well constitute an illegal solicitation of a foreign in-kind contribution by the White House on behalf of Democrats’ midterm campaign efforts.”