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Biden instructed using strategic oil reserve because of Hurricane Ida

Using the strategic stockpile will increase access to fuel and fight rising fuel prices.

U.S. President Joe Biden has directed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to use a strategic oil reserve to combat the increase in fuel prices in the country caused by Hurricane Ida. Biden made the announcement during his speech at the White House on Thursday, Sept. 2.

"I told Secretary of Energy Granholm to use whatever she has at her disposal, including the strategic oil reserve, to keep gasoline flowing through the pipelines," Biden said.

The president added that using the strategic stockpile would increase access to fuel and fight rising fuel prices.

Biden said his administration is committed to assessing the damage caused by Ida as quickly as possible, including in areas where oil production is active.

Category 4 Hurricane Ida struck the state of Louisiana back on August 29. At least six people were killed in the region. More than a million consumers were left without electricity. And today it became known that Hurricane Ida in the United States killed 22 people.

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