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Biden orders US strategic oil reserves released

US President Joe Biden has ordered the release of 50 million barrels of crude from the country’s emergency stockpile to battle rising gasoline prices.

“Today, the President is announcing that the Department of Energy will make available releases of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower prices for Americans and address the mismatch between demand exiting the [COVID-19] pandemic and supply,” the White House announced on its website.

The release of the reserves was coordinated with major Asian energy consumers, including China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the UK, the announcement states.

The move is aimed at reining in soaring energy prices after Washington’s failed attempts to persuade OPEC and allied producers to pump more oil to satisfy the rising post-pandemic demand.

Source: RT