Ummm... this is a Watergate moment, as in “follow the money.”
The obvious guess would be that they are trying to establish the elasticity (and response duration) of oil prices for use in a future emergency, even if that emergency is only electoral.
Bingo. Looking to find our when they need to pull the string once election day is on the horizon - needing to make the biggest impact.
How much of the money raised from selling OUR oil will fund the Dems in the next election?