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JT
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2012 11:01:03 PM

Do you think the US government should tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat high oil prices? If not, please select your primary reason.
Yes
No, the SPR is for emergencies only
No, it won’t help; oil is a global commodity
No, oil prices are determined by speculators
No, government should not interfere with industry
No, there was little relief the last time we did i
No, ot
Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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jdevlin
All-Star Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 7:45:44 AM

no
rjr54
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2013 11:12:54 PM

No, oil is a global commodity
achung53
Veteran Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:58:11 AM

Yes
Ferdman17
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2012 5:44:32 AM

No, the SPR is for emergencies only
It becomes a very short term solution by doing so.
gasscout_1
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2012 6:50:33 PM

YES
dockersbin
Veteran Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 9:17:34 AM

No I believe there are other ways that prices can be lowered.
Paresh54FL
Rookie Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2012 4:52:21 AM

Yes, we must.,but don't be surprise if the gas prises are very high.
mccoy916
Rookie Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2012 7:35:07 AM

Yes, temporarily but we need a long term solution.
LonghornBubba
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2012 9:52:38 AM

No, the SPR is for emergencies only
1brendle
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 10:24:56 PM

yes
gasscout_1
Veteran Author Grand Rapids

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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2012 4:36:13 PM

YES
Sumflow
Rookie Author Honolulu

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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:45:07 AM

Only a temporary supply, we need a longer-term plan.
pjomin
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Message Posted: May 8, 2012 7:58:44 PM

I agree that it did not help the last time and the oil industry is very unstable at this time. I also admit that the current prices are hitting the pocket pretty hard. A full size vehicle is nice but the economy size are a blessing
papa56NC
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 4:48:36 AM

Yes
renee6
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:52:13 AM

IDK
homeboi
Rookie Author California

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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 4:37:55 AM

No, we need to support public transportation, alternative energies, and physical exercise. We need to shrink the suburbs and bring back farm land. Grow the city centers for more efficient resource utilization.

Tapping into the reserves won't make us oil independent for long.
pig12
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2012 4:50:12 PM

No
CheckMateOK
Rookie Author Oklahoma

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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2012 2:16:45 PM

Yes, right now our reserves are maxed to the point we are now exporting oil to get rid of it.
NotCook
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 9:20:10 PM

Absolutely not! That needs to be preserved for true emergencies, like foreign embargos, military use, or similar national security needs.

"but this continued blaming Obama for everything under the sun is getting really sad. President's have little to do with gas prices..." But then you go on to bash Bush. Give me a break.

On the other hand, our Chevy Volt lifetime avareage is currently 190 MPG. So, why is it our Republican "leadership" keeps bashing the Volt as an O'Bama program? Idiots.

[Edited by: NotCook at 3/23/2012 10:28:24 PM EST]
ZWOP
Rookie Author San Diego

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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2012 1:52:26 AM

Yes the govermnment needs to step in and help the people of the United States...
ZWOP
Rookie Author San Diego

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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2012 1:50:49 AM

Yes
HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2012 9:14:40 PM

yes
braddah50
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2012 7:06:01 PM

no
MollyPS
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 5:08:07 PM

No, we should rely less on oil, and higher prices are the only way to encourage less reliance on foreign oil and non-renewable sources of fuel.
dre596
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2012 12:10:21 PM

yes
Mekuru
Rookie Author West Virginia

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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 1:57:05 PM

no, the reserves are for emergencies like a shortage
pkhdonovan
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 3:27:40 AM

yes - to help control the market
OaklandInvaders
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2012 2:15:36 AM

Nuclear
lillyflower77
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 9:34:15 PM

Definetly, yes!
doc6299
Rookie Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2012 5:28:21 AM

No a release would not come close to having a significant enough impact to do it. Its a risk reward thing and the risk being that specs will drive the price up based on the fact the the US is down in its supply. Until speculation is drivin from the market get use to high prices.
BurtB
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 11:08:30 PM

RecountFL,

I thought you said that Bush was a fool when he released some of the SPR.

Now you think Obama is brilliant for doing the same thing?


[Edited by: BurtB at 3/4/2012 12:09:15 AM EST]
BurtB
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 11:06:36 PM

28% . Yes
19% . No, the SPR is for emergencies only
22% . No, oil prices are determined by speculators
10% . No, it won’t help; oil is a global commodity
2% .. No, government should not interfere with industry
9% .. No, there was little relief the last time we did i
2% .. No, other reason
5% . I do not know enough about this issue
Total votes: 34648

What is it that 28% (9701 people) believe will happen? Don't they pay attention to history?
It has never had any effect (or an effect that lasted more than a week)
It certainly has never effected the price of gas.

What are those 28% thinking?
Would someone please tell me?
RecountFL
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 10:40:30 PM

"Does anyone else see the Presidents error? He says more drilling will not get us out of this problem, but wants to release oil from the SPR? "

No, but I see your error. You are comparing opening up more areas for drilling to releasing oil from the reserve. One is immediate and the other a a slow, long process which makes no immediate impact. I know you think it's cool to bash the president like they do on Fox News, but this continued blaming Obama for everything under the sun is getting really sad. President's have little to do with gas prices and if you really want to blame a president, how about Bush that brought you from $1 gas to $4 gas. Oil prices are still lower than the $147/bbl price under the Bush administration. Georgy has been the most incompetent president in recent times as the country sunk into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Save your Carter/Obama hating when a guy with an 'R' next to his name with an 'R' majority Congress 3/4 of the time was in office at the time when all of our current economic problems started.
JFC
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 8:29:22 PM

Until I see lines of cars lining up to fill-up for gas like I did 30 years ago, there is no need to touch the SPR. There is a whole bunch of gasoline. It is pure speculation now and they will be left holding the bag soon. Now lets get into natural gas.....$1.85 a gallon and very very clean fuel..........
OKRifle
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 7:26:34 PM

Dear Obama, the most incompetent president since Jimmy Carter! Don't mess with the Strategic Reserve! The Strategic Reserve is about National Security, not your political ambition to get reelected! Americans realize that. You, however, not being an American, would not understand that!
jhawkdville
Sophomore Author San Diego

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 6:19:37 PM

The "real" answer is no. As someone pointed out earlier, we need a more permanent fix. When I was younger I dug gas-guzzling V8 muscle cars (once owned a Z28 Camaro w/350 V8 small block). In this day and age, that's just not too practical. People really should try to get away from the habit of driving huge and/or big-motored vehicles for everyday use (excluding commercial use/business) and driving more fuel efficient (or alternate fuel-type) vehicles. Europeans are already adapting this "think small" attitude as gas is about $9.00/gal over there. Just my $0.02 USD worth.
SuperMoto
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 6:16:52 PM

No, oil prices are determined by speculators and there was little relief the last time we did it. Wall street is destroying the world economy.
cwashi3324
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 6:11:14 PM

Yes help us!

[Edited by: cwashi3324 at 3/3/2012 7:12:19 PM EST]
e3p0
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 4:56:27 PM

While it is a nice thought, I am sure they will make us pay for it some how.
chui
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 3:52:18 PM

yes
Jazz54
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 2:34:44 PM

First of all, this subject should not even be up for discussion. But since it is Ill add my 2 cents about how I honestly feel about it.When the faux 'gas shortage' came in the seventies, it nearly shocked this nation to the point of a transportation shutdown. Gas was about 20 cents a gall on life was good.

The price of gas tripled in six months to 65 cents a gallon, the country was in a panic (as today) and people everywhere were talking about solar, wind, ocean energy and noone really did a damn thing.

I government succumb to the middle east and decided to remain a fuel hostage (as today).

An noone even suggested converting the whole country to natural gas. They were to busy redesigning vehicle, making them smaller and even went as far as dropping the speed limit to 55.

So as I look back now, what did our government do for the American people the last forty years? My only conclusion is not one damn thing.

We are sitting on 1255 trillion cubic feet of natural gas which is the cleanest energy source on the planet. If the conversion would have happened forty years ago, we would now be totally converted, really wouldnt have to worry about air pollution and could sit back and watch all the rest of the world pollute themselves to death and drink up on the nasty ass oil.

And back to oil. Have you ever heard of anyone suggesting build new refineries? I know I havent. So if you dont have refining capacity what difference does it make?

noone will ever convince me that if you can put a man on the moon, (which personally I think did happen), that you cannot build a car that gets at least 100 miles per gallon. It can be done, but noone does it.

So bottom line is, well, here we are again still after 40 years of nothing, no progress, still hostages, and sitting back waiting for 'things to get better.'

And.... I love the comments that the reserve is for 'emergencies'. Well that doesnt matter either when all of your military is overseas fighting when they should be here defending our borders, airports and seaports.

But if they do happen to make reserves available, I hope you enjoy your 3 gallon when you fill up.

You can then apply that 'savings' to your hamburger meat.

Like great grandpa said. ''You never buy water from your neighbor (or enemies) when you have the well.''

rdnckegr08
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 1:20:13 PM

Keep the government out of industry, it didn't help last time. Spr is for military use in case of emergencies. If we didn't export so much prices would drop.
N9HVP
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 1:05:59 PM

No, the SPR is for emergencies only.
Teacher2000
Rookie Author California

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 12:48:50 PM

No, tapping into the strategic reserves would do nothing.There's no gas shortage and in fact we are the number one exporting nation of gasoline. We have more wells than the rest of the world combined. Remove Wall Street speculators and the price will drop $0.56/gallon of gas.
SSchmidty
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 11:43:53 AM

Thinking that this is anything but window dressing delusional
leveit2clever
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 11:09:27 AM

You may not tap that.
incognitouser
Rookie Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 11:05:55 AM

Get Wall Street and speculators out of it and the price will come down. Have minimum government interference so they cant pass unneeded taxes and fees. Find multiple renewable sources that are not connected to our food chain or our food chains food chain. When it is connected to the food chain in any way it also drives up the price of food.
FLASH9583
Rookie Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 10:41:27 AM

PUT A REALLY REALLY REALLY HIGH CHARGE ON GAS BEING SOLD TO OTHER COUNTRIES..
JustDrill4Oil
All-Star Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 10:11:55 AM

Emergencies only. High prices r not emergencies.

No Food for Fuel!

Just Drill 4 Oil
Toyotatrollop
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 9:18:40 AM

No. Only dopes use dope. ie Republicans.
keo
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 9:14:28 AM

Nope! Need a permanent fix
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