Biden to announce release of US oil reserves, part of international effort to lower fuel costs

The move will be part of a coordination by the Energy Department with other major energy consuming nations

Updated: November 23, 2021 - 9:38pm

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President Biden is set Tuesday to announce the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the country's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as part of a strategy to lower high gas prices and address the lack of oil supply around the world.

The move will be part of a coordination by the Energy Department with other major energy consuming nations including China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom, according to the White House.

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The White House also said the department will make available releases of 50 million barrels of oil from the reserve in two ways: 

  • 18 million barrels will be an acceleration into the next several months of a sale of oil that Congress had previously authorized.
  • 32 million barrels will be an exchange over the next several months, releasing oil that will eventually return to the reserve in the years ahead. 

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