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Update: the US House Said YES!

Lifting the crude oil exports ban has been one of Energy Citizens’ top priorities this year. It’s easy to see why—allowing American crude oil exports could create 300,000 jobs and save consumers nearly $6 billion every year.

In fact, lifting the ban is so important to us that Energy Citizens nationwide have sent almost 100,000 letters to their members of Congress so far this year supporting a repeal. We’ve also been out in the community, knocking on 30,000 doors in districts across the country, encouraging others to contact their members of Congress too.

And they seem to be listening—on October 9, 2015, there was a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives that said yes to lifting the ban on American crude oil exports!

Now that this legislation has successfully passed the House, it will move on to the Senate. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as important updates arise. For now, please feel free to reach out to Renee if you’re interested in taking action.

Here are some of the things you can do to encourage your senators to lift the ban:

• Send them an email

• Call their office

• Post on their Facebook page

• Request a meeting with their staff

Energy Citizens Vote4Energy!

To kick off our Vote4Energy campaign, Energy Citizens hosted a series of debate-watching parties across the country to view the October GOP presidential debate and talk politics and energy.

Over 500 Energy Citizens turned out—not only did they make some noise, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on social media, but they began laying the groundwork for a successful 2016. These 500 Champions are already beginning to educate voters (talking to friends, family members, and neighbors) about the importance of energy during the 2016 elections, and they’re making sure these issues are a priority to the candidates.

You too can start encouraging energy to be a central campaign focus by highlighting energy when you talk to others about the elections. And if you attend campaign events—such as house parties, town halls, and so on—ask questions about energy.

We’ll be sure to fill you in on the latest with our Vote4Energy campaign!

An Energy Agenda for 2016

Presidential candidates from both parties are outlining their positions on the issues in an attempt to attract voters. Energy Citizens need to make sure that the men and women running for president are forthright on what the candidates will do about energy.

What should these candidates focus on?

In the Pittsburgh Tribune, Jeffrey Kupfer, former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Energy, outlines some federal policies that would be very beneficial for our nation:

First, the federal government needs to loosen the restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas. Virtually every study concludes that ending the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports would actually lower gasoline prices by at least a few cents per gallon. Allowing oil exports and liberalizing LNG exports would add hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy every year.

Second, the federal government needs to reduce overregulation. While we need sensible rules that protect human health and the environment, the federal government must not overstep its bounds. The Obama administration's so-called Clean Power Plan, for instance, not only imposes its vision of how everyone should produce and use energy, but it is also likely to increase electricity costs and threaten reliability.

Third, we need to upgrade our energy infrastructure and implement an efficient permitting system that looks at the merits of a project, not the politics. The Keystone pipeline is Exhibit A. No project should take seven years to review. Because of the delay, we have failed to capitalize on billions of dollars in new investment and tens of thousands of new jobs.

Taking these steps would create jobs, grow our economy, help consumers, and increase revenue for governments at the federal, state, and local levels. We need to see presidential candidates embracing these ideas, along with other pro-development policies, over the course of the campaign.


Let’s Keep Washington Out of Our Gas Tanks!

The Obama administration will soon announce next year’s RFS requirement. We need to tell President Obama to stop playing politics and ask the EPA to set reasonable limits on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into our fuel supply. 

Not only could the ethanol mandate damage engines, it could increase the costs of consumer goods and hurt small businesses. 

Take a moment to send a letter today. Encourage your friends to do the same by posting on Facebook and Twitter. You can also spread the word by downloading and sharing the infographics below.

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