Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ), a member of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), released the following statement Thursday after the Obama Administration announced plans to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR):
"President Obama's decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is short-sighted and patently political. Rather than considering Republican efforts to take advantage of our abundant sources of American oil and natural gas, the Administration has chosen the politically convenient route of opening reserves, a move that should only be taken during national emergencies. Allowing energy exploration to continue in Alaska, the Gulf Coast region and elsewhere will not only move America closer to energy independence, but it will alsocreate thousands of fulltime American jobs. We deserve an energy policy focused on results, not politics."