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"Jordan" Ramsay debunks SPR depletion myth

Popular image about SPR that has spread on social media

Ladies and gentlemen, strap in, because we've got a financial feast today that's hotter than a blazing grill! Imagine a chart so misleading it's like a chef trying to serve you a chocolate soufflé that's actually a hockey puck. Well, that's what we've got here, and I'm here to expose it, Gordon Ramsay style!

Now, this chart claims to show how the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) works and calculates the days left, but it's about as clear as a foggy kitchen on a Monday morning. It's so intentionally confusing that even some energy professionals are scratching their heads. Let's break it down.

Premise 1: Understanding the Basics

First things first, you need to know the difference between what's required, what's consumed, what's produced locally, what's imported, and what can be withdrawn from the SPR. It's like understanding your ingredients before you cook up a storm.

Key Number: The International Energy Agency (IEA) recommends having 90 days of net oil imports, not just a random number of days based on consumption.

Premise 2: U.S. SPR Capacity

The U.S. stores its oil in four different sites, each with its own withdrawal rate. Combined, they can pump out a sizzling 4.4 million barrels per day (b/d).

Key Number: The U.S. is currently rocking a surplus of 1.7 million b/d. That's right, they're exporting more than they're importing!

Premise 3: Crude Oil Imports

Even if we focus only on crude oil imports, the U.S. net imports have shrunk to a modest 2.5 to 3 million b/d.

Premise 4: Import Sources

Guess where most of Uncle Sam's oil comes from? Right across the border in Canada! They're not relying on OPEC much, just about 1.0 to 1.5 million b/d.

Key Number: With an SPR withdrawal rate of 4.4 million b/d, they've got plenty to cover their imports.

Premise 5: SPR Days Left Calculation

Let's crunch the numbers, shall we? The current U.S. SPR level is roughly 350 million barrels. Following the IEA guideline, that's enough for 116 days of coverage.

Premise 6: Net Imports for SPR Comparison

Forget consumption; you should be comparing SPR levels to net imports. That's the real benchmark.

Premise 7: Emergency Flexibility

In times of peace, governments can adapt. Just like a chef who can whip up a new dish if something's missing, governments can switch their oil sources in emergencies.

Premise 8: Further Resources

For those who want to dive deeper, there are links provided to learn more about U.S. SPR sites, distribution centers, and pipeline capabilities.

So, there you have it, folks! This chart might be trying to cook up some confusion, but we've just cut through the smoke and mirrors. Remember, in the financial world, it's all about the real numbers, not just what's on the surface. And that's today's dish from Hell's Kitchen!


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