Strategic Petroleum Reserve

By: AP
By: AP

President Bush says he's ready to take action to help alleviate rising energy costs caused by Hurricane Rita.

Bush says he's prepared to once again tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if necessary. He made the announcement after getting an update from the Energy Department on the damage the storm did to Gulf Coast oil refineries and rigs.

Bush says "when you have a Hurricane Katrina followed by a Hurricane Rita, it's natural, unfortunately, that it's going to affect supplies." And he says it's important for people to know the government understands the situation.

The president also noted that the storm could make it difficult to get gasoline to the market. So, he's calling on Americans to make more use of carpools and mass transit. And he's urging people to refrain from non-essential road trips. He says government employees will do the same.


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