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Biden Energy Sec. Granholm Admits She Does Not Know U.S. Oil Consumption Rate When Pressed By Reporter

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday admitted that she did not know how many barrels of oil the U. S. consumes per day when a reporter suggested that the 50 million barrels the Energy Department plans to release would last less than three days.

Granholm during a White House briefing Tuesday, outlined Biden’s strategy to release the barrels of oil currently held in the U. S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to maintain “adequate supply” amid global shortages and skyrocketing gas prices.

A reporter who was present for her remarks asked the energy secretary, “How many barrels of oil does the U. S. consume per day?”

“I don’t have that number in front of me. Sorry,” Granholm replied.

In 2020, the United States consumed an average of about 18.19 million barrels of petroleum per day, or a total of about 6.66 billion barrels of petroleum– the lowest level of annual consumption since 1995. The drop in consumption in 2020 from 2019 was the largest recorded annual decline in U. S. petroleum demand., and was largely the result of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The reporter told Granholm that according to those numbers, the administration would be releasing “le… (Read more)