Congressman Jeff Duncan on the White House’s Decision to Open the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

June 23, 2011
Press Release

Washington, DC – South Carolina freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement today regarding the President’s decision to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve:

“There are no short cuts on the path to American energy independence.  I’m disappointed that President Obama chose the political convenience of tapping into the strategic oil reserve over solving our nation’s long term energy needs.  The 30 million barrels of oil released through the reserve are nothing compared to what America could produce on a monthly basis if the President stopped blocking deep sea and arctic energy exploration.  Americans need long-term stability and relief in the cost of fuel, not more government manipulation.  Our country’s policy should place every American energy resource on the table to help create American jobs and end our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.  Short cuts won’t solve America’s energy problems, only bold leadership will.”