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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:16 PM
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Past US oil stockpile releases cut gasoline prices
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N25537540.htm

WASHINGTON, May 25 (Reuters) - The Bush administration's policy of not releasing crude oil from the nation's emergency stockpile to lower gasoline prices may deny consumers some relief at the pump based on two past government decisions to tap the reserve. snip

In the first instance of using the reserve, the senior President Bush on Jan. 16, 1991 announced on television that U.S. and allied warplanes launched attacks against Iraq for invading Kuwait. Simultaneously, the United States began releasing almost 34 million barrels of oil from the stockpile.

The announcement contributed to a drop in the retail price of gasoline of 16.7 cents a gallon over a six-week period, from about $1.19 to $1.03 a gallon, according to data from the EIA.

In today's prices, that 14 percent drop would be equal, on a percentage basis, to cutting the current $2.06 per gallon national average by almost 29 cents to $1.77 a gallon.

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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:19 PM
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1. Don't Confuse Pretzelboy With Facts!!!!
Cheney's mind is already made up.
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placton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:21 PM
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2. Remember, election day is 5 months off!
Just a few weeks before, the Shieks of Araby will live up to their public promise to drop the price of oil. Bush will join in by tossing in the oil reserves then.

And, of course, Bin Laden will be "killed or captured."
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:38 PM
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3. Dubya's problem is that everyone knows this.
And the voters may be just a little bit pissed at what he's put them through.

Let's hope!
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