Crude oil export ban
The U.S. has never exported much crude oil -- but that is likely about to change because congressional leaders recently lifted the country's 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. However, this new expected surge of crude oil exports will be entering a market that is clouded by too little transparency. Better data is needed urgently in order to evaluate and quantify the oil sector's climate responsibilities.
Procrastination at its congressional finest.
Republicans are trying to tie a measure ending the crude oil export embargo to a big year-end spending deal -- and Democrats are listening.
Instead of promoting dirty energy that degrades our lands and harms our climate, America's energy and environmental policy should be focused on promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and other solutions to climate change while investing in America's natural heritage.
It's expected that the House will soon vote on a bill to lift the long-standing ban on crude oil exports. We should take a step back and see how this 180-degree shift in policy will impact us all.
Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.
"State Department Oil Services" Enbridge also has skin in the tar sands export game via its subsidiary Tidal Energy Marketing