A Return To Rationing? Reserves Critically Low, Rates Skyrocket


Diesel fuel hit a record high at the pump on May 12th, as the U.S. stockpile for the vital fuel has reached its most concerning shortage on record in many locations. According to data from AAA, the nationwide average of diesel fuel in the U.S. went beyond $5.56 a gallon, the highest level ever recorded.

Diesel is widely considered to be the “lifeblood of the global economy” and is crucial for numerous sectors of production, consisting of building, mining, and agriculture. In the U.S., the transportation market alone uses more than 122 million gallons of diesel each day, according to information from 2020. The national stockpile of distillate fuel oil, which consists of diesel and fuel oil, has actually dropped to a worrying low of about 104 million barrels.

According to a report from the Energy Information Administration(EIA)Wednesday, this is the lowest taped level since May 2005. More disconcerting is that East Coast inventories have actually decreased to 21.3 million barrels of diesel fuel. This number represents roughly two weeks’ worth of fuel supply for the regional transport industry. According to the EIA, this is the most affordable supply reserve considering that data was very first recorded in 1990. In a statement to Bloomberg on Wednesday, John Catsimatidis, the CEO of United Refining Co., said,

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see diesel being rationed on the East Coast this summer.” 

“Right now, inventories are low, and we may see a shortage in coming months,” he continued.

Since  2019, 7 refineries, which processed an overall of about 806,000 barrels of oil per day, have actually closed down. According to the EIA, the refinery shutdowns leave the U.S. with 124 operating refineries, down more than 10% since 2016.

Total U.S. operating refinery capacity fell 4.5 %between 2020-2021 to 17.7 million barrels each day. This week, the Biden administration canceled a few of the most prominent oil and gas lease chances pending before the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), ending the prospective to drill for oil on countless acres.

“Due to lack of industry interest in leasing in the area, the Department will not move forward with the proposed Cook Inlet OCS oil and gas lease sale 258,” a DOI spokesperson told FOX Business on Thursday. The DOI likewise kept in mind that several oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico would also be ended.

Since early 2021, the influence on fossil fuels and fuel and diesel prices has actually continued to be an issue for many Americans. When Biden first took office, he signed an executive order to suspend federal oil and gas leases. Then, in May of this year, Biden proposed ending tax benefits for oil and gas production.

He then suddenly advised caution for manufacturers to continue the rate of production. Biden also canceled the Keystone XL’s cross-border license, ending construction on the pipeline after a 12-year fight to construct the vital energy lifeline set to connect Canadian Oil Fields to American Refineries.

Gas rates have actually soared to new record highs in another hit to the U.S. economy that has actually impacted the majority of its citizens.

According to AAA, the nationwide typical rate for regular gas climbed more than four cents on Thursday to$4.41 a gallon, topping the prior record of$4.37 set on May 9.

H/T Timcast


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