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Energy Sec.  Don’t know how many barrels of oil the United States uses per day

President Joe Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted on Tuesday that she did not know by heart how many barrels of oil the U.S. economy consumes per day.

“I don’t have this number in front of me. I’m sorry, ”she replied when asked about daily oil consumption in the United States by CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe during the White House press briefing.

O’Keefe told Granholm the number was around 18 million and asked how Biden’s decision to release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve would solve the problem of high gas prices.

Granholm said Biden would release the oil from the strategic reserve over a period of several weeks and that it would be “considered” to lower the prices.

She declined to detail a specific timeframe for Americans to start seeing lower gas prices, saying they “hoped” it would help.

“I think people will start to see some slowdown in the next step…” she said.

She described high gas prices as a “short-term pinch” as the Biden administration continued to invest in clean energy.

“The situation shows that we need to stop relying on a single source of energy, especially volatile sources,” she said.

She said the administration was working to develop more green energy and promote electric vehicles so America was no longer dependent on foreign oil.

“This is the best long-term strategy to protect US consumers from these energy price shocks,” she said.

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