By Gabe Kaminsky (Daily Caller)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is being sued by a federal watchdog for failing to release documents related to the Biden administration’s decision to tap into emergency oil reserves amid global supply shortages.
President Joe Biden’s DOE is “wrongfully withholding” information on its deployment of millions of oil barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI), a nonprofit transparency group, alleged in a complaint filed last Monday. The watchdog filed a Freedom of Information Act request in January 2022 for records dating back one year with the keywords “Biden poll numbers,” “oil supply imbalance,” “inflation” and others.
“Rising gas prices that are a direct result of the administration’s failed energy policy is not an emergency,” FGI spokesman Pete McGinnis told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Every time we release oil from the SPR, or sell it to China for that matter, we put our national security at risk by unnecessarily depleting our emergency oil reserves. Americans deserve to know if the motive behind these initial releases were political.”