If the Democrats sell us out and let that rider into the Omnibus bill and if Obama signs it, the Democrats will pay big time. Progressives and climate activist will abandon them in droves in 2016. I sure as hell won't vote for any f***ing Dem that votes for that POS.
March 18, 2015, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015 (S. 791), which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR). If enacted, S. 791 would grant licenses to export crude oil, except for under specified circumstances.
May 12, 2015, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015 (S. 1312), which was also referred to the ENR Committee. If enacted, > S. 1312 would allow oil and natural gas to be sold and exported from the United States without a federal license.
Both Cruz and Murkowski are nothing but fawning parasites for big oil. That is why they are a couple of the most corrupt oil stooges in CON...gress!
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Lifting the oil export ban will only hurt national energy security since it will lead to depleting our national supplies even faster. Don't tell me "oh but we have so much." Then why are we importing oil? Why are we OPEC's prized bitch? Why doesn't conserve fit into conservatism? Whatever happened to "save it for a rainy day"?
I just learned that at least half of all oxygen comes from our oceans, specifically from plankton, and that 40% of all plankton have vanished in the past fifty years. Obviously, if that trend continues, all of us are toast. The rich can live on high ground to escape rising seas but they can't escape the lack of oxygen. However, if this ban is lifted, they will get to enjoy life for another fifty years so that makes everything OK. http://earthsky.org/earth/how-much-do-oceans-add-to-worlds-oxygen
We are no longer dependent on OPEC - which has fallen far and hard from the heady days of its power in the 1970's and is now practically powerless. Any crude oil imported is being done purely for economic convenience - A tanker can more economically move crude oil than all those oil train cars from N. Dakota. The oil producers - and especially natural gas producers are facing a glut and depressed process and are desperate to create "new markets." That is the motivation for this rider. Continuing the tax break support for renewables is very important, but does not offset the damage allowing oil exports will produce because, in accordance with Jevon's "paradox" renewables development by itself will not reduce fossil fuel use.
Don't kid yourself. The US has not been able to provide all of its petroleum needs for a long time. Otherwise, petroleum companies wouldn't be trying to pry open the Arctic.