President Barack Obama's chief of staff said Sunday that the administration is looking at the nation's strategic oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices.
The price of a barrel of oil has passed $100. In the U.S., gasoline is averaging $3.50 a gallon.
Those increases come amid unrest in the oil-producing Middle East, particularly as rebellion rages in Libya.
"We're looking at the options," including drawing on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Chief of Staff William Daley said. "It is something that only is done — and has been done — in very rare occasions. There's a bunch of factors that have to be looked at. And it is just not the price."
He told NBC television's "Meet the Press" that "all matters have to be on the table when ... you see the difficulty coming out of this economic crisis we're in and the fragility of it."
The reserves contain 727 million barrels of oil.
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