How Does An Energy Secretary Not Know How Much Energy We Consume?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 27 November 2021 02:15

Throughout a White House briefing on Tuesday, the Biden administration's Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was stumped by a question about American oil usage. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) then denounced Granholm's inability to respond.

"There are various figures about this. I'm curious if you know. How many barrels of oil does the US consume per day?" one reporter asked Granholm.

"I don't have that number in front of me," Granholm answered.

"Some suggest its about 18 million, which would suggest you're releasing less than three days worth of supply from the petroleum reserve," the reporter pointed out.

The question came after President Joe Biden stated intentions to release 50 million barrels of oil from America's Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to help bring down soaring gas prices.

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"File this one under 'not qualified to be Energy Secretary," Crenshaw responded Tuesday to the viral video on Twitter.

According to The Federalist, Biden's decision to release these barrels comes with no emergency attached, which regularly occurs.

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"In 2005, President George W. Bush released 11 million barrels in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 14 years after his father released 17 million during the first Gulf War. The Trump administration tapped into the reserves in 2017 to release 5 million barrels after Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas," The Federalist wrote.

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According to the US Energy Information Administration, which Granholm's department runs, the US uses an average of just more than 18 million barrels of oil every day, supporting the reporter's allegations and concerns about how far those 50 million barrels will go.

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"Biden's use of reserves, however, comes at no such emergency. Instead, Biden is using the reserves as a political tool to alleviate the pain of his own making, where the price of oil has eclipsed $80 per barrel for the first time in nearly a decade. Prices, however, often exceeded $80 per barrel when Biden was vice president under President Obama," The Federalist went on.

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Crenshaw has previously blasted Granholm for remarks regarding the sector she oversees. Earlier this month, Granholm laughed when asked about the administration's plan to increase oil production in America.

She maintained the oil market was controlled by OPEC, and out of her hands, though Crenshaw called Granholm "a joke" and "a liar," according to The Daily Wire.

Earlier this month OPEC, led by nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia, refused to increase production to meet the growing demands.

Gas shortages have led to increasing inflation and gas prices at the pump not witnessed in seven years.

"The President has been working with countries across the world to address the lack of supply as the world exits the pandemic," the White House announced in a statement, although at this pace, the job won't be completed any time soon.

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