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Oil Exports Vital to our Nation

In 1975, President Ford approved legislation that banned the U.S. from exporting crude oil. A lot has changed since then, but this ban is still in place. It’s time that Congress recognizes that we live in a different time than we did in the mid-1970s.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is helping lead the charge in the fight to lift the ban on American crude oil exports. Sen. Cornyn recently released an op-ed explaining why crude exports make sense in today’s world of surging oil production: 

All of our supply cannot be absorbed domestically. In order to keep production going, and our economy growing, energy producers need access to the global market. With production of domestic oil and gas projected to continue growing over the coming years, now is the time for Congress to lift the crude oil export ban. In so doing we can strengthen our economy and enhance our strategic standing around the world.

Lifting the ban is a commonsense way to kick-start the U.S. economy. Many think the ban only limits our domestic energy companies and those they employ, but this simply isn’t the case. One study estimated that every new production job in the oil field translates to three additional jobs in the supply chain — and another six in the broader economy. All in all, lifting the ban could lead to the creation of more than 800,000 jobs.

Read the rest of his op-ed here. Share it with your friends. Let them know why the oil export ban should be lifted. It’s not 1975 any longer. Our energy policy should reflect the reality of today’s energy market, not the thinking of the 1970s. And remember to tell your members of Congress that now is the time to end this outdated ban on American crude exports.

Failed 40-year old restrictions on crude exports continue to disappoint

Writing in, George Mason University economics professor Donald J. Boudreaux asks a question on everyone’s minds lately:

If unfettered commerce in oil is fine for Iran, then why not for America?

He is referring to the recent nuclear arms deal negotiated between the Obama Administration and the government of Iran that would lift sanctions on their ability to export crude oil, while U.S. energy companies continue to be denied that opportunity by a ban signed into law during President Gerald Ford’s administration. 

Professor Boudreaux’s op-ed, Lift U.S. ban on oil exports, is worth reading.  Especially now, as bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress that would finally rescind crude export restrictions. 

One of the facets of this issue Professor Boudreaux addresses is the mistaken conception that exporting crude would increase fuel prices. He says:

As the supply of crude and the capacity to refine it increase, the price of everything from gasoline to heating oil and diesel will fall significantly. A report from ICS International estimates that U.S. consumers would save $5.8 billion by 2035 thanks to falling prices if the export ban ends.

He also points to a study that indicates repealing the ban would trigger the average annual creation of nearly 400,000 new jobs and increase U.S. GDP by $134 billion in 2018 alone.

Many Americans want to see the ban lifted.  Tell your members of Congress that it’s time to lift the outdated crude oil exports ban.

Widespread support grows for oil exports.

The United States has banned almost all foreign sales of crude oil for the last four decades.  But a growing chorus of economists, elected officials, labor leaders, and energy industry experts – along with regular American citizens who want to see our economy improve and fuel prices stabilize – are calling for that export ban to be lifted.  The Wall Street Journal made this clear in their August 9 article – “Move to Allow U.S. Oil Exports Accelerates.

Writing about the possible impact lifting the ban would have on U.S. prices at the pump, author Amy Harder writes:

Exporting oil would encourage more U.S. drilling, which would boost supplies, putting downward pressure on the global price of oil. That, in turn, would ease the price of gasoline traded in world markets. Eventually, that could cut U.S. pump prices by up to 12 cents a gallon, according to several recent studies.

She also cites several other studies that find multiple consumer and economic benefits from exporting American-made crude oil. One of these studies, done by Jason Bordoff, a former energy adviser to President Obama, predicts that it could increase domestic oil production by as much as 1.2 million barrels per day between now and 2025.

Lifting the ban just makes sense. Reach out to your members of Congress today and tell them that you support lifting the outdated ban on crude oil exports.


Crude Oil Update

As you know, our number one focus has been on crude exports. So we wanted to give you a quick update on where we stand - 

Last week, Congressman Joe Barton's bill (H.R. 702) to lift the crude oil exports ban passed it first major hurdle in subcommittee. 

This is great news, and we owe a huge thank you to the Energy Citizens that spoke out in support of this legislation. You sent tens of thousands of emails, spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and canvassed  in neighborhoods across the country. 

While our efforts have definitely made a difference, we still have much to do. The bill will be voted on in full committee this week. If passed, it will move to the House floor - and once the House has voted, it will go on to the Senate. 

If you haven't already sent an email to your Members of Congress, please take a moment to do so now.

We'll be sure to keep you updated in the coming weeks. 

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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 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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