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This case sells off the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a massive stockpile of crude oil in salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas owned by the federal government. AFF will argue that the SPR is not used well and that the free market can take care of the problem. First, you should point out that selling off the oil is a rather drastic action. If there are problems with how it is used, minor repairs can solve instead of abolishing the whole thing. Second, it may not be wise to depend on private reserves in an emergency.
Your main arguments will be disadvantages. Oil is a volatile commodity and is produced internationally. Even though the U.S. imports less oil than it did a few years ago, it is still susceptible to price shocks. The SPR exists to mitigate these shocks during times of emergency. There have been several times when it’s been used to do exactly that. Additionally, the U.S. is a member of the International Energy Agency, which asks member nations to hold oil reserves. The other member nations cooperate with the U.S. and the end of the SPR could harm those relationships.
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