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Cole Statement on White House Move to Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve

June 23, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Obama administration announced its decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve:

"This is a bad decision driven by political considerations rather than sound policy. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve should only be used in cases of national emergency -- not as a gimmick to artificially reduce gas prices. If the president truly wants to bring fuel prices down, he should stop blocking American energy production at every turn. Relying on our reserves without justification is short-sighted and irresponsible."