The administration's decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is pure politics, say some. The White House says it's trying to offset a drop in Libyan light sweet crude – needed for gasoline – at the height of the summer driving season.
Even before the first barrel has been refined, Republicans and Democrats are taking opposite sides on the issue. The Republicans call it bad policy to use the oil in a non-emergency and would rather see more permits issued to drill for oil. Democrats are hailing the move as a way to bring relief to the middle class.
Yes, call this a matter of oil and politics mixing.
“Of course this is a political decision – these guys are trying to save their jobs,” says Phil Flynn, director of research at PFG Best, a commodities brokerage house in Chicago. “Every move is political when the economy is in trouble.”
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