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End the ban on oil exports

Merrill Matthews, PhD | The Hill

The country has just taken another step towards energy independence—which also means energy security.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), along with 10 other Senate cosponsors, have introduced the Energy Supply Distribution Act (S. 1312), whose primary purpose is to end the 40-year ban on exporting U.S. crude oil.

Congress passed a crude oil export ban in 1975 as an understandable, if ineffective, response to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ efforts to use access to crude oil as a political weapon.

OPEC’s decision to cut back oil production left the U.S. with higher gas prices and often long gas lines.  For one of the first times Americans felt the helplessness that comes when foreign countries had us at their mercy. Full Story