One reason that we don't have a reserve for: polls. President Obama has decided to release 30 million barrels of oil from the reserve for, what he says, are disruptions in oil production from Libya. You know, the non-war that has been going on for several months. And now he has decided to release oil?
Clearly, the reasoning that the administration is giving is anything but truthful. And anyway, I thought that we should be protecting the environment? Regardless of the hypocrisy, the reasoning is clear: his polls falling because of high gas prices and a stagnating economy, President Obama is looking for a quick fix.
Oh, and I thought that drilling in Alaska wouldn't alleviate oil prices, but releasing oil will? ObamaNomics at work.