As Export Debate Grows, Even Many Industry Backers Shy From Lifting Ban

"The question of whether to export crude oil stands to be the next major debate in U.S. energy policy."

"Proponents say crude exports are needed to fully capitalize on the new "era of abundance" marked by surging production of oil and natural gas in places like North Dakota and Texas.

But would-be crude exporters are entering a fractured policy environment in which the pro-industry coalition of Republicans and moderate Democrats that has coalesced in recent years to support causes such as building the Keystone XL pipeline and exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) may not be entirely on board with lifting the nearly four-decade-old crude export ban."

Nick Juliano reports for Environment & Energy Daily January 30, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Lawmakers Mull Lifting Longtime Ban on Oil Exports" (TIME)

"Lifting Oil Export Ban Sidelined By Wyden Skepticism" (Bloomberg)

"White House Willing to Explore 'Policy Options' on Crude-Oil Exports" (National Journal)

"Continental Resources Inc. Ceo Harold Hamm Testifies on Ending Oil Export Ban" (Oklahoman)

"A Battle Roils in Oil Industry" (Dallas Morning News)

"Key U.S. Senator Says Consumer Impact Crucial in Oil Export Debate" (Reuters)

"Congress Hears the Case for Lifting the Oil Export Ban" (Anchorage Daily News)

Source: E&E Daily, 01/31/2014