Obama Calls for Tapping into Strategic Oil Reserves

Barack Obama on Monday called for tapping into strategic oil reserves as part of his plan to provide relief from high gas prices.

Obama has previously said he was opposed to using the strategic reserves, but on Monday he proposed selling 70 million barrels of oil from the reserves in order to lower gas prices.

Speaking before a crowd in Lansing, Michigan, the senator from Illinois said the country’s “addiction to oil … is one of the most dangerous and urgent threats this nation has ever faced.”

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PICTURED: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks at a campaign rally at the Lansing Center August 4, 2008 in Lansing, Michigan. Obama spoke about energy and the economy.

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