For the sake of jobs, lift the ban on exporting U.S. oil

August 22, 2015

The United States recently overtook Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's leading oil and natural gas producer. This is a big achievement, especially when you consider that just a decade ago, our energy future looked murky. We were importing most of the oil we consumed; we were building terminals to import natural gas. Congress even passed a law in 2006 to move the country toward other sources of energy.

Republicans didn't give up, though. We included a provision in that same law - the Energy Policy Act - which recognized that the states were doing a good job regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing. We saw that Washington didn't need to dictate how things were done or get involved at all.

Ten years later, this one provision has helped unleash a national energy boom that has created countless jobs and a manufacturing revolution.

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