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Former OPEC Official to Obama: Tap Oil Reserves

National Journal, 8 March 2011

A former top OPEC executive said on Monday that President Obama should tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. “It will be a wise decision because it supplements the decision of the Saudis to put into the market almost the entire amount of [oil from] Libya,” said Rene Ortiz, who was inspector general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries from 1979 to 1981.