By Bob Shapiro
The US created a Strategic Petroleum Reserve in 1975, after the arab oil embargo (and a stupid US rationing scheme) caused supply disruptions. Today, this reserve holds a little over 1 month’s worth of oil.
Assuming that there is a real need for this Reserve, I would hope that it would be run using some basic economic and market principles. Right up at the top of the list of Market Principles is the Commandment: “But Low, and Sell High.”
The Price of Oil today is on the low side over the last 40 years, on an inflation adjusted basis. Back in ’73-’74, the Price of Oil went from under $10 a barrel to the mid-$30s. While the nominal Price today is in the low $40s, adjusted for the CPI, oil is under $8 a barrel in 1975 Dollars. (The CPI is a low-ball number, so maybe $5 is closer.)