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U.S. energy chief says Biden would veto House Republican bill on Strategic Petroleum Reserve

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm hosts a U.S. Department of Energy news conference to announce that scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have made a breakthrough on fusion energy, the process that powers the sun and stars that one day could provide a cheap source of electricity in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2022. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert/File Photo

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Monday that President Joe Biden would veto a bill by House of Representatives Republicans on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) if it passes the U.S. Congress.

In a letter last week, Granholm warned Republicans that limiting Biden’s authority to tap the nation’s oil reserves would undermine national security, cause crude oil shortages and raise gasoline prices.

Granholm said she has no concerns the United States will be able to refill the SPR and save taxpayers money.

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