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Will tapping into emergency oil reserves ease US petrol prices?

President Joe Biden orders the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the country’s strategic reserve.

It is a rare move that President Joe Biden hopes will help ease United States petrol prices and reduce inflation that has hit a 31-year high.

He has ordered the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve – that is roughly what the US uses in two and a half days.

Several other countries have also agreed to use their emergency reserves.

Biden’s critics say it is a temporary fix, with some arguing it is a political move to help his sagging approval ratings.

But the president says there is not enough oil on the market to meet demand – and that is pushing up prices.

He has asked the Organization of Oil Producing Countries Plus (OPEC+) – to increase its output.

Presenter: Rob Matheson

Guests:

Abhi Rajendran – Research director of Energy Intelligence

Cornelia Meyer – Energy analyst and CEO of Meyer Resources

Henning Gloystein – Director of energy, climate and resources at Eurasia Group


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