Biden to Drain Another Key Fuel Stockpile

President Joe Biden is mulling taking action to release federal diesel stockpiles in an attempt to curb the worsening supply shortage of the key fuel in New England, CNN reported Monday.

Biden recently asked officials to begin preparing a plan to order a release of fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve (NEHHOR), a government stockpile of ultra-low-sulfur diesel last tapped in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, a senior administration official told CNN. The move reportedly reflected the president’s and White House officials’ concerns about surging diesel fuel prices and declining private sector inventories in the northeast.

“The system is definitely under strain,” the senior administration official told CNN. 

“We think this looks like the exact circumstance where consideration of the release should be done and that’s what the president has directed,” the official continued.

The average price of diesel fuel, which is vital for transportation, construction and agriculture, skyrocketed to an all-time high of $5.58 a gallon on Wednesday, according to AAA data. Diesel prices have been particularly high in New England where prices reached $6.43 a gallon last week, exceeded only by prices recorded in California.

Prices have surged largely due to declining East Coast diesel inventories which dipped to 21.3 million barrels in early May, the lowest level ever recorded. The region consumes roughly 1.53 million barrels of ultra-low-sulfur diesel per day, meaning current inventory levels translate to about 13 days of supply.

The entire NEHHOR contains slightly more than a million barrels of ultra-low-sulfur diesel, or about 65% of East Coast daily demand.

“It’s small potatoes. It might buy a couple of weeks or even months, but it doesn’t solve the underlying issues,” Lipow Oil Associates President Andy Lipow told CNN. “It’s a band-aid — one that isn’t going to last very long and when it comes off the injury is not healing.”

Biden’s historic releases from the much larger Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) have had a minimal effect on oil and gasoline prices. Gasoline prices have hit multiple records highs and oil prices have remained elevated in the aftermath of Biden’s 180-million-barrel release from the reserves in late March.

The recent SPR releases have also led to a dwindling of national oil stockpiles. SPR stocks fell to about 538 million barrels on May 13, the lowest level since 1987, according to the latest government data.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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    • he started destroying America on DAY one with his attempt to shut down the oil industry. He is so stupid to believe we will all run out and buy GREEN everything. I honestly despise these Democrat A-holes

    • That is the only way we are going to fix this Country but Dems will never do that Remember how many billioins lost from those Bankrupt green co and WHO got that money It ant over for them yet they are still working the same game

  1. This is all turning into the perfect storm for the Democrats to get in their agenda. Draining stockpiles of fuel, raising interest rates to curb inflation caused by the billions of free money our government has been handing out, gun control from a racist shooter (can’t blame the poor gun, but they do). hundreds of thousands crossing the southern border uncontrolled. I sure hope the 80 million are enjoying there vote!

    • It will not end (sorry to say) the lazy Americans who don’t get off their couches and vote are to blame. It wouldn’t matter (to much)how bad they cheated. If the LAZY REPUBLICANS would get off their buttocks and vote and start to push(fight) back. Until then we are ALL SCREWED.
      Pull your kids out of the democrat schools, home school them and teach them what they are hearing ans seeing is pure evil & greed. Then teach them how to fight back and never turn and run from any democrat..

  2. Yet no elected official fromEITHER Party has had the guts to come out in opposition to his garbage of risking National Security in an effort to offset his OTHER failed policies…

  3. This guy is doing everything an enemy would do if he got up there. Why is Congogress doing NOTHING about this commie up there??

    This marks you as COMPLICIT in this commies scheme of YOURS!

  4. I believe Biden is working for Putin more then anyone.. If things got bad we will not have a stockpile of oil or diesel.

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