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Erase the Export Ban!

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are working together to finally lift the 40-year-old ban on U.S. oil exports. Tell your lawmakers to support this effort!

Obsolete energy restrictions are holding our nation back. Lifting the ban would create as many as 300,000 new jobs and reduce our annual trade deficit by as much as $22 billion. So why are we waiting? Email your members of Congress NOW.

Tell the EPA how you feel about ethanol!

The EPA won’t give up on the Renewable Fuel Standard—even though it’s not working! They’ve just opened up a comment period on new ethanol-blend regulations. Let’s tell them to scale back the ethanol mandate.
Proponents of the RFS said it would be good for our environment and consumers. They were wrong.

The Renewable Fuel Standard is responsible for:

  • Taking away ethanol-free gasoline for small engines and boats.
  • Incentivizing higher level ethanol blends that damage vehicle engines.
  • Higher food and grocery costs.
  • Harm to our environment.

The government doesn’t belong in our gas tanks. And while we wish Congress would repeal the RFS entirely, it’s the EPA that is responsible for administering the law. We want the EPA to keep ethanol-blend standards at levels that are safe for cars on the road.

We only have until July 27 to speak out. Click here to send the EPA a comment today!

EPA chief McCarthy is right on Keystone XL, but doesn't go far enough

You might have seen recent news reports of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s statement that the Keystone XL pipeline would not – as critics have long avowed – be a “disaster for the climate.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agreed with her comments, but didn’t think she went as far as she could have on that line of thought. They pointed out the evidence that shows that Keystone XL, in addition to having no significant impact on the environment, is the best alternative to transporting North American crude oil.

Their argument makes sense. As Chamber research shows, pipelines are one of the safest and cleanest ways to transport oil and natural gas.

Energy Citizens appreciates Administrator McCarthy’s statement about Keystone XL. And, like the Chamber, we hope that President Obama will listen to her, take a hard look at the facts, and give this pipeline the approval it deserves.


Frustrations with five-year offshore plan highlight House hearing

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard from the governor of North Carolina and members of Congress – including Natural Resources Committee chairman Utah Rep. Rob Bishop – that the Obama Administration’s new five-year offshore leasing plan does not go far enough to develop energy reserves in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Those testifying spoke about the potential for oil and natural gas exploration and development closer to shore than the 50-mile limit the draft proposed five-year plan imposes, and the need to expand the areas available for lease.

Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn of Colorado said:

The Obama Administration often touts that it is committed to promoting oil and gas production on federal lands, including the Outer Continental Shelf. However their draft five year lease plan contains the lowest number of lease sales in history and it can only get worse because there is no guarantee that even those few sales will remain in the final plan. Instead of continuing to lock away our energy resources, this Administration should commit to an aggressive offshore leasing strategy that clearly demonstrates a strong commitment to OCS oil and gas production that will provide for our nation's long-term energy security.

A report prepared by Quest Offshore Resources found that opening more parts of the OCS and Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas development could grow the U.S. economy by $70 billion a year, create nearly 840,000 new jobs, and generate $200 billion in government revenue by 2035. With benefits like those, it’s easy to see why so many of our leaders think our new five-year plan falls short of the mark.


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