The White House is weighing options to provide financial assistance to U.S. oil producers getting hammered by the price collapse, but the picture is murky right now.
- I’ve also learned that independent oil-and-gas producers via the American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC) has been in touch with the White House on the topic.
Where it stands: There’s a bunch of ideas flying around. The WashPost reported that low-interest federal loans were the most likely option for the potential aid.
- Bloomberg reports that some industry lobbyists are pitching the idea of the government buying up some oil to put into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
- That would “enable the government to take at least 78 million barrels off the world market and provide a modest bump in prices,” per Bloomberg.
- The same story also says that administration is considering a separate idea of lowering royalties on oil and natural gas produced on federal lands.
The intrigue: The Washington Examiner reports that there’s some pushback from conservatives to the idea of financial aid for producers.
- Their piece has comments from officials with the Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Energy Research.
What they’re saying: AXPC CEO Anne Bradbury said in a statement Tuesday that the group wants “a solution that ensures American companies can continue to invest in and produce low-cost, reliable energy.”
- “We believe in the free market system and will advocate for policies that support a level playing field to address geopolitical manipulation of the market,” she said.