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Cramer - Democrats Stalling on Repeal of Crude Oil Export Ban Jeopardizes America's Energy Security and Threatens our Allies

Dec 11, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement in response to Democrat opposition to lifting the crude oil export ban in the Omnibus Spending Bill negotiations currently being conducted between the House and the Senate.


“I am confused by the Democrats’ demands for more and more ‘sweeteners’ to be included in the omnibus spending bill.  Their requests for additional green energy tax credits seem to be driven not by what is in the long-term best interests of our nation’s economic and national security interests but rather a short-term political agenda to reward environmental activists and large donors. 


If the Democrats want to see the benefits of the crude oil energy renaissance our nation has enjoyed during the past decade, they need to look no further than North Dakota.  Thousands of middle and low income individuals now have high-paying jobs in the energy sector.  New businesses are being created every day by entrepreneurs who are willing to take a risk to make their dreams a reality.  The impact of the shale oil revolution is now being felt far beyond the homes and coffee shops of America.  Our nation’s inability to export crude oil threatens our national security as well the safety and security of our allies.  Israel and our European allies depend upon unstable and unfriendly sources like Russia and the OPEC Oil Cartel for their energy needs.  This dependence allows them to intimidate our allies.  


This situation would not be occurring if the United States was able to sell crude oil internationally.  Trading oil on the open free markets is a tool of peace and liberty.  Black gold in the wrong hands is a tool of tyranny.  The best way to hold Putin and OPEC in check is with the peaceful tools of energy development—not the weapons of war.  It is time for Congress and the American people to understand our nation’s and our allies safety and security depends on our ability to export crude oil. 


This export ban was put in place forty-two years ago as a result of unrest in the Middle East. It occurred after Syria, backed by then the Soviet Union, attacked our friend Israel in the Yom Kippur War.  The United States, in those days, was a reliable partner with Israel and we defended them. Today, Israel and our allies fear OPEC and Vladimir Putin more than they believe they are able to count on their friend the United States. Lifting the ban should not be about rewarding political allies, but rather an honest discussion about the way to promote America’s economic and national security goals while providing our allies with a safe and reliable source of energy.”