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S.2100 -- Strategic Petroleum Supplies Act (Introduced in Senate - IS



February 16, 2012 – Comments (4)

To suspend sales of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until certain conditions are met.



February 13, 2012

Mr. VITTER (for himself, Mr. HOEVEN, and Mr. LUGAR) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

 To suspend sales of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until certain conditions are met.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,




This Act may be cited as the `Strategic Petroleum Supplies Act'.




(a) In General- Except as provided in subsection (b), the Administration shall not authorize a sale of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve established under part B of title I of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6231 et seq.) until the date on which all permits necessary under Executive Order 13337 (3 U.S.C. 301 note; relating to issuance of permits with respect to certain energy-related facilities and land transportation crossings on the international boundaries of the United States) for the Keystone XL pipeline project application filed on September 19, 2008 (including amendments) have been issued.


(b) Exception- Subsection (a) shall not affect any obligations of the United States under the international energy program.


Dear Mr. VITTER, Mr. HOEVEN, and Mr. LUGAR.  In terms on national security it is a bad idea to hold the oil in the SPR hostage for any reason. But honestly, the environment and the climate and the future of America's children will be better off if the keystone pipeline is never built, and the oil in the SPR is never burned.

As an American who supports local products, and local jobs, anything that increases the costs of transporting goods that could be made or grown here instead of halfway around the world is fine with me. 

While the SPR is not your ball to go home with, I'd like to wish you luck with this one.

Best wishes,



4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM, awallejr (52.41) wrote:

It is my understanding that the oil that would pass through the Keystone pipeline will be of low quality and destined for exportation NOT for domestic usage.  Of course it would create immediate jobs, which I perceive as a good thing.

However, I do respect "route" issues which can be addressed.  But this bill is just silly.

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#2) On February 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM, Melaschasm (< 20) wrote:

The bill should  have an exception for a military emergency.  While I doubt such an emergency will occur, it is still a bad idea to tie the president's hands.

I wonder if this bill has been proposed because politicians expect Obama to sell a ton of the oil in our strategic reserves during this election year?

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#3) On February 17, 2012 at 12:23 AM, awallejr (52.41) wrote:

No they are using it as potential leverage to force Obama's hand with respect to keystone. It is basically politcs as usual.  The games our politicians like to play.

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#4) On February 18, 2012 at 2:15 AM, Melaschasm (< 20) wrote:

Unless Obama is planning to use the strategic oil reserve, this bill would not create any pressure to approve the keystone pipeline.  Thus my question about Obama's plans for the strategic reserve.

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