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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.
For 40 years, Republicans and some Democrats have been demanding an end to the ban on crude oil exports. The omnibus bill lifts that ban just as the world community meeting in Paris agreed that emissions released from fossil fuels must be lowered if the planet is to escape incineration.
It's time to throw out those "American Energy Independence" bumper stickers from the 2012 election and forget about US energy self-sufficiency because now the oil industry's top priority is to repeal the 40-year-old ban on exporting America's oil.
We're now in the final month of what will be the hottest year ever measured on our planet. We've watched wildfire scorch nine million American acres. Around the world flood and drought are wreaking unprecedented havoc. The only place where it seems to be business as usual is Capitol Hill.
Oil honchos and their legion of lobbyists petitioned Congress last week to pad corporate profits at the expense of American energy independence and national security. And Republicans on a Senate committee voted to comply.
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But Barton has little to lose by backing crude exports, according to Book, since his district is home mainly to oil producers