Griffin: President’s Opening of Strategic Petroleum Reserve Is Not the Answer

Washington D.C. – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) released the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement that it will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve:

 “The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is intended to be used for emergencies.  The President’s policies have contributed to higher energy prices and the SPR is not the answer.  If the President truly wants to address the high price of gas by increasing the supply of oil, he should join with the House in supporting measures that will maximize U.S. energy production and create jobs for American workers.”

 The House has made U.S.-based energy production a priority.  It has passed several bills intended to maximize America’s energy capability:

 •         H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act

•         H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act

•         H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act

•         H.R. 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011

 Unfortunately, none of these bills has been passed by the U.S. Senate.