We have spent a lot of money on the strategic oil reserve. The reserve has been around since 1975. What have been the interest costs alone in for the money used to buy the oil? "As of May 31, 2011, the current inventory was 726.5 million barrels. This equates to 34 days of oil at current daily US consumption levels of 21 million barrels per day." Suppose that we sold the 726.5 million barrels at $90 a barrel. That comes to a value of $65.4 billion. At 3.5% interest with continuous compounding, the principal doubles every 20 years. At 5%, it doubles every 14 years.