In response to President Biden’s suggestion that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be used to counter the surge in gasoline prices and curb consumer inflation, which is increasing at a fast pace, the price of oil fell.
Following three straight weeks of declines, West Texas Intermediate fell by more than 400 basis points, while Brent fell by almost the same basis point.
The Senate majority leader, Schumer urged the U.S President to release oil from the nation’s emergency reserves over the weekend, saying consumers were in need of immediate relief at the pump. A senior administration official declined to comment on whether the president would tap into these reserves.
Schumer is a Democrat who is the senior senator from New York and has called for action on the SPR. A total of eleven Democratic senators urged the president to take action on energy, last week.
Earlier this month, the global oil market focused on a potential release from the reserves after crude reached a seven-year high, helped by a rebound in demand after the pandemic.
In response to Biden’s request, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies have refused to raise oil production more rapidly, putting the spotlight on how the administration may react as consumer prices rise at a rapid pace.
Traders are also wary after OPEC+ oil ministers justified modest production increases by pointing to a massive surplus in the upcoming year.
There will soon be a tight oil market replaced by one where supply runs ahead of demand and global stockpiles rise again. Despite that, the group’s estimates of its future production are inflated.
Consequently, Tehran and Washington will resume mediated talks on Nov. 29 in Vienna to try to revive the nuclear deal after months of stalling. Eventually, the U.S. may end sanctions on Iranian crude flows if that succeeds in further increasing oil supplies arbitrarily.
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