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Listen: US DOE's Kenderdine on what the funk is happening to the SPR

It was a year of Star Wars, funk, Reggie Jackson and Saudi Arabian crude arriving in the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve. From 1977 until today, the US' place in the oil market has come a long way. Platts senior oil editor Brian Scheid talks to Melanie Kenderdine, a top US Department of Energy official, about the impact of US and global oil market trends on the American government's stockpile of emergency crude oil.

Kenderdine, DOE's director of energy policy and systems analysis and energy counselor to Secretary Ernest Moniz, explains how oil movement shifts in the US, domestic production increases and congestion around refineries along the US Gulf Coast are changing how the US can -- and should -- use its Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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