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API: Senate crude export bill will unlock America’s energy potential


Zachary Cikanek | CikanekZ@api.org | 202.682.8114


WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 ─ New legislation to lift 70s-era restrictions on U.S. exports of crude oil is critical to America’s future as an energy superpower, said API. The bipartisan bill, S. 1312, was introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).
   
“There are few policy changes that would bring more value to our domestic economy,” said API Executive Vice President Louis Finkel. “Supplying energy to our allies will cement America’s future as a global energy superpower, allowing us to produce more energy, create more jobs, cut the trade deficit, grow the economy, and put downward pressure on fuel costs.
    
Study after study has confirmed that trade policies from the 1970s are only putting U.S. workers and consumers at a disadvantage. This bill will unlock America’s energy potential and help U.S. energy production to stay competitive in a difficult market. The benefits are clear, and members of Congress in both the House and Senate have shown they are ready to act in a bipartisan way to support free trade. We urge the Senate to take up this legislation quickly and send a signal to our allies around the world that America is ready to be a global energy leader.”  
    
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 25 million Americans.