Clinton was an idiot for doing this. Currently the US enjoys some of the lowest petroleum prices of any country in the world. Suddenly the Arab nations cannot give what our fossil fuel hungry society craves, so prices jump. When OPEC (for those who don't know stands for Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, most of the Middle East, North Africa, and Indonesia belong) agreed to boost production prices went down to "reasonable" rates. Now Clinton had decided to take from our National Reserve to lower prices, and to boost favour for Al Gore. What happens when our Reserve runs out and we become reliant on OPEC again? Do you really think they'll just say "Welcome Back"? No! They will be pissed, cos the Middle East (bar a few coastal areas) is arid, hot, and very unfavourable for agriculture and industry, and most OPEC nations rely on the exportation of Crude Oil for their economies. Now because we have left them and when we need to come back full time they're going to hit us where it hurts, and prices could end up spiralling further out of control.
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