Proving Commitment to Climate Chaos, GOP Votes to Lift Oil Export Ban
Despite warnings from environmental groups and President Barack Obama’s explicit pledge to veto any such measure, the Republican-led House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill lifting the nation’s 40-year oil export ban.
The advocacy group Oil Change International had previously declared that repealing the ban would accelerate oil drilling in the U.S. and increase climate emissions while ramping up dangerous oil transportation via rail and pipeline through towns across the country, while Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune warned that lifting the ban would have “disastrous” consequences for the environment and for America’s clean-energy economy.
“Repealing the crude export ban would take our nation’s energy policy even further out of step with the imperatives of climate action that science demands.”
—David Turnbull, Oil Change International
“Instead of exporting pollution and good jobs to other countries, the U.S should concentrate on leading the world in exporting clean-energy technologies,” Brune wrote in an op-ed published this week.
On Wednesday, the White House vowed to veto any bill that would lift the ban and released a statement (pdf) stating its strong opposition to HR 702, which passed the House 260-159 (roll call here).
“Legislation to remove crude export restrictions is not needed at this time,” the Obama administration stated. “Rather, Congress should be focusing its efforts on supporting our transition to a low-carbon economy. It could do this through a variety of measures, including ending the billions of dollars a year in Federal subsidies provided to oil companies and instead investing in wind, solar, energy efficiency, and other clean technologies to meet America’s energy needs.”
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