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Exporting crude oil makes sense, government ban does not

New studies show that lifting the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports would increase domestic production, boost economic growth and government revenues, put downward pressure on the price of gasoline, and create thousands of new jobs.  One new study breaks down the economic gains generated by expanding crude exports on a state-by-state basis.  The numbers are impressive.  For example:

 

  • Nine different states would experience economic gains of more than $1 billion in 2020.
  • Eight states would reap 10,000 new jobs apiece by 2020.
  • Texas alone would see $5.21 billion in additional economic activity and almost 41,000 new jobs by 2020, with North Dakota, California, New York, and others close behind.

Additionally, another analysis conducted by IHS showed that increased crude oil supply would lead to lower gasoline prices by an annual average of 8 cents per gallon. With those savings, the combined savings for U.S. motorists from 2016-2030 would translate to $265 billion.

Crude oil exports restrictions were put in place in the 1970s, a time when U.S. oil production was way down and the fear of shortages was real.  Now domestic oil (and natural gas) production is off the charts, creating export opportunities that would benefit everyone, including American consumers.

IHS estimates that doing away with the crude oil export ban would support almost 1 million additional jobs nationwide and lead to lower gasoline prices for U.S. drivers.

Blake Clayton, Adjunct Fellow for Energy at the Council on Foreign Relations, summed up the case for crude oil exports like this:

Without compelling reasons for continuing to restrict crude exports, and given the potential benefits, Congress should liberalize the crude oil export regime. Republicans and Democrats alike, including President Obama, express support for boosting U.S. exports in general. Crude oil should be no exception.

There is no longer any reason to continue suppressing U.S. crude oil exports.  Energy Citizens looks forward to positive action from the federal government on this important issue.

Why We Must Act on Offshore Energy Development

If you believe in America’s energy future, you’ve got to act now to urge the federal government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to open more offshore areas to responsible energy exploration.

Here are the top 5 Reasons why:

  1. JOBS
    Expanding offshore access for energy exploration could create as many as 480,000 new jobs for American workers.
  2. ONLY 13% OF OFFSHORE AREA IS OPEN
    A whopping 87% of federal offshore land is closed to energy exploration. At a time when the United States is still importing oil and gas from other countries, it makes no sense not to be making the best use of our own resources.
  3. REVENUE for the Federal Government
    Opening more federal land to offshore energy development could generate $23.5 billion in new government revenues over the next 18 years.
  4. AMERICA’S ENERGY SECURITY
    Pursuing offshore energy development would solidify America’s role as a global energy superpower and signal to the world that our energy revolution is here to stay.
  5. THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS CLOSING
    The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is already developing its next 5-year plan for oil and gas leasing. This plan will help determine the future of American energy offshore, and we only have until July 31st to have our say on the first draft!

Take just two minutes to tell BOEM to do the right thing and open up more of the Outer Continental Shelf to responsible energy exploration.

LNG Exports Will Help our Allies

Senators John McCain, John Barrasso, John Hoeven, and Ron Johnson recently returned from a trip to Eastern Europe. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, these senators lay out the case for using liquefied natural gas exports to reduce Russia’s power over Eastern Europe:

“Europe remains dependent on Russian oil and gas, while U.S. supplies are growing faster than our ability to bring them to market …. For our part, the Obama administration should lift holds on terminal applications for liquefied natural gas and ensure their expeditious processing so the private sector can build new capacity for transport and storage. These actions could weaken Putin, support our allies, strengthen the U.S. economy, increase federal revenue and create thousands of good jobs.”

Good energy policy for our Eastern European allies is also good energy policy for Americans. It’s great to see these lawmakers joining together to advocate for this win-win situation.

Weigh in on Offshore Energy Development

Energy Citizens--

the Obama Administration has officially started to develop its five-year leasing plan for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). A new 5-year plan could mean that new areas will be opened up for oil and natural gas exploration – but only if they hear from you.

Tell the Obama administration that you want to expand offshore energy development!

Currently 87% of federal offshore waters are locked away – meaning we are unable to develop the oil and natural gas that would increase American energy security, create hundreds of thousands of jobs and grow the economy.

With the current unrest in the Middle East, it is more important than ever that the U.S. develop the oil and gas resources that exist off our coast. We should not have to rely on unstable regions of the world for the energy we need.

We need active Energy Citizens like you to make your voice heard in Washington, D.C. Stand up for our nation’s energy security and our energy future today!

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Keystone XL Status Report - More of the Same

Read this article: Gov. Heineman says he’ll take his time studying Keystone XL report.

How much time does will the Governor need to see what has been obvious to Energy Citizens all along – KXL is a crucial piece of U.S. energy infrastructure that would not only help meet our energy demand but also create jobs and grow our economy.

Gov. Heineman doesn’t have to read the whole 2,000-page document. He can just glance at the Executive Summary his own Department of Environmental Quality has prepared. Look at these NDEQ reported findings:

  • Construction and operation of KXL could have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska.
  • Any impact on aquifers from a release would be localized and Keystone would be responsible for the cleanup.
  • Construction would result in $418.1 million in economic benefits and support up to 4,560 new or existing jobs in Nebraska.
  • The project would generate $16.5 million in use taxes from construction materials and $11 million - $13 million in local property tax revenues in the first year of valuation.

Does it really take a lot of study to say yes to that?

KXL opponents are not wasting any time, of course. They still say no, clinging to their baseless objections to the pipeline.

Energy Citizens have been waiting for Keystone XL for four years now. So we hope Gov. Heineman will send his recommendations to the President before another 4 years pass.

Keystone XL Hearing on Tap After NDEQ Releases Draft Report

A public hearing, preceded by an open house informational session, has been set for December 4 at the County Fairgrounds in Albion, Nebraska. This meeting will give citizens a chance to learn more about and provide input on a 600-page report just released by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. It covers the environmental, social and economic effects of the Keystone XL pipeline route in NE.

Many Energy Citizens will undoubtedly jump on this opportunity to once again show their support for the Keystone XL pipeline. It is encouraging that the State Department is expected to attend the hearing and we hope that after more than four years of waiting, approval could be just around the corner.

Check out these great pictures of pipe stockpiled in anticipation of KXL construction. It is ready to go, and so are the American people. If you have a chance, go to the meeting in Albion and tell them that.

Jobs in Jeopardy with Keystone XL on Hold

With plenty of backing from hard-core environmental groups, a handful of landowners are suing the State of Nebraska, seeking to block the recently passed law that would pave the way for Keystone XL.

But Gov. Dave Heineman makes it clear that this lawsuit will not stop the process of finding a new, environmentally safe route for the pipeline. As he says, if the state stopped every project every time they got sued, “we’d never get anything done.”

And a company in Georgia is adding workers to support their product line that make oil sands extraction better for the environment. Thousands of Georgia workers could eventually be employed in this industry—the company is still hiring engineers to help with their work.

Energy Citizens in every state are concerned about the long-term economic effects of the Keystone XL delay. The longer we wait, the more jobs we put at risk.

NDEQ Announce Public Hearings on Keystone XL. Join Us Today.

Nebraska's DEQ announced four hearings to discuss the Keystone XL route through the state.  We encourage all Energy Citizens to attend and learn more about the route and why this makes America and Nebraska stronger.  The hearings details are below.  Email us at Renee@energycitizens.org for more information.

Wednesday, May 9th from 4 – 7 PM at the O’Neil Community Center located at 501 S. 4th St.

 

Thursday, May 10th from 4 – 7 PM at the Neligh-Oakdale High School gym located at 600 J St.

 

Wednesday, May 16th from 4 – 7 PM at the Boone County Fairgrounds located at 11th and Fairview Avenue.

 

Thursday, May 17th from 4 – 7 PM at the Central City Community Room located at 1515 17th St.

If approved, the Keystone XL Pipeline will not only provide our nation with much needed energy security, but will also immediately create 20,000 good paying construction jobs. All without cost to the American tax payer.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will soon be holding public hearings in your area to hear from citizens like you about the impact and benefits of building this important pipeline.  

Anti-Keystone XL activists are sure to show up in large numbers at these public hearings on the newly proposed Keystone route. Energy Citizens who care about this important piece of America’s future energy security need to attend as well, to show lawmakers and regulators that most Nebraskans - and other commonsense energy supporters around the nation – want to see the pipeline built.

Do no pass up this opportunity to learn more about the new route and testify on behalf of Keystone XL.

RSVP today and we will contact you with more information on how you can get involved.

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