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Lauren Fix, The Car Coach: US Oil Reserves Sent Overseas

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach: US Oil Reserves Sent Overseas
The BP West Coast Products LLC Carson oil refinery in Carson, California. (Getty Images / 2015 file photo)

Lauren Fix By Friday, 08 July 2022 01:18 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

As Newsmax Finance reported this week, oil from the U.S. Petroleum and Oil Reserves was sent overseas to China, our trading rival, which is stockpiling their resources.

More than 5 million barrels of oil that were part of an historic U.S. emergency oil reserves release aimed at lowering domestic fuel prices were exported to Europe and Asia last month, even as U.S. gasoline and diesel prices touched record highs.

About 1 million barrels per day are being released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) through October. The flow is draining the SPR, which last month fell to the lowest since 1986.

U.S. crude futures are above $100 per barrel, and gasoline and diesel prices above $5 a gallon for one-fifth of the nation. U.S. officials have said oil prices could be higher, had the SPR not been tapped.

Oil Reserves a Critical Security Tool

The truth is fuel prices are still high and the SPR remains a critical energy security tool to address global crude oil supply disruptions. The government still believes that releasing the emergency oil releases helped ensure stable supply of crude oil. However, supply has not increased, and demand remains high.

We have learned more on this and it will irritate you, too.

The SPR is a U.S. Government complex of four sites with deep underground storage caverns created in salt domes along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts. At its peak, the SPR was filled to its then 727 million barrel authorized storage capacity on December 27, 2009 — an inventory of 726.6 million barrels was the highest ever held in the SPR.

The SPR has been used for relief when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast; Hurricane Gustav, followed shortly thereafter by Hurricane Ike, which all reduced the level by 5.4 million barrels. It’s interesting to note that the average price paid for oil in the reserve is $29.70 per barrel. So it makes sense to hold it for emergencies for our country.

Where is all the oil actually going? This may surprise you. According to U.S. Customs data, 470,000 barrels of crude oil was sent to Trieste, Italy, which is home to a pipeline that sends oil to refineries in central Europe. The data also showed that Atlantic Trading & Marketing, an arm of French oil major TotalEnergies, exported 2 cargoes of 560,000 barrels each.

Cargoes of SPR crude oil were also headed to the Netherlands and to a Reliance refinery in India. A third cargo load is headed to China and at least one cargo of crude from the West Hackberry SPR site in Louisiana is set to be exported in July. The latest exports follow three vessels that carried SPR crude to Europe in April helping to replace Russian crude supplies.

Wait a minute — didn’t President Biden frequently say that the release of one million barrels of oil per day was “unprecedented” and “historic” as Americans face surging prices at the pumps? As of July 7th, 2022, the national average price of gas in the United States is currently $4.81 per gallon, according to AAA, with the national average temporarily surpassing $5.00 per gallon last month.

Crude inventories in the United States are currently at their lowest levels since 2004, according to Reuters, as refineries along the gulf coast operate at nearly 98% capacity.

The Bottom Line

The U.S. government buys oil produced in our country in case of a domestic emergency. This could be a natural emergency or any other. But giving away our emergency reserves to another country so that they can stockpile it is an extremely foolish move.

We should all be angry about this poor choice. God forbid we do have an emergency and we need those strategic oil reserves, we will have less than half of the reserves that we need. This could be disastrous and impact every American.

There is so much more to discuss on this, put your comments below and let’s start the conversation.

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Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and safety issues for both the auto industry and consumers. Her analysis is honest and straightforward.

Lauren is the National Automotive Correspondent for Newsmax TV, a conservative news net carried in 23 countries and in over 35 million U.S. cable/satellite homes. She is also The Weather Channel and Inside Edition’s auto expert. Lauren Fix serves as a juror for the esteemed North American Car & Truck of the Year Awards (NACTOY).

Lauren is The Car Coach columnist for Parade Magazine and eBay Motors and writes a weekly column. She also appears weekly on USA Radio’s DayBreak USA.
Lauren is the president and founder of Automotive Aspects, Inc., a consulting firm with a wide range of multi-media services, including media consulting, broadcast messaging strategy, public relations and television production.

Lauren is the author of three books: most recently, Lauren Fix’s Guide To Loving Your Car with St. Martins Press, Driving Ambitions: A Complete Guide to Amateur Auto Racing, and The Performance Tire and Wheel Handbook.

Lauren’s broadcast experience includes Oprah, Live! With Regis and Kelly, The View, TODAY, 20/20, The Early Show, CNN, FOX News, FOX Business, MSNBC, HLN, TBS Makeover and a Movie, Inside Edition, ESPN, TBS, Discovery, Speed and NPR, to name a few. Lauren previously hosted four seasons of Talk 2 DIY Automotive on the Do-It-Yourself Network (DIY), was the National Automotive Correspondent for Time Warner Cable and hosted Female Driven on Lifetime TV.

Lauren’s articles and advice have appeared in USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, eBay, Woman’s World, Esquire, First for Women, InTouch and Self. She has also contributed content to Motor Trend, Truck Trend, Hot Rod, Car Craft and many other automotive publications.

Lauren is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and is an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technician. She inherited her love of all things automotive from her father, who owned a brake remanufacturing business and worked for many U.S. manufacturers. Lauren has been fixing, restoring and racing cars since the age of ten. She has been advising drivers almost all her life.

In addition to being a leader in positive consumer awareness and the automotive industry, Lauren is often asked to speak to groups around the world about her success in marketing, motivation, entrepreneurship, parenting and other lifestyle topics.

Lauren was named the 2015 WIN Award, 2013 SEMA Business Network “Mentor of The Year”; SEMA Business Network 2012 Woman of the Year; and awarded various Car Care Council “Automotive Communications Awards” in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Past awards include 2008 Automotive Woman Of The Year and 2010 Woman of Distinction – Entrepreneur winner. Lauren Fix was inducted into the National Women and Transportation Hall of Fame in 2009 – a very high honor for a hard working automotive professional.

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Oil from the U.S. Petroleum and Oil Reserves was sent overseas to China, our trading rival, which is stockpiling their resources. This is the latest move by the Biden administration at a time the nation is facing 40-year-high inflation and an energy crisis.
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