ALG - Time to lift the oil export ban with Barton amendment to H.R. 8

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Dec. 1, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans forLimited Government President Rick Manning today urged members of the House ofRepresentatives to supportan amendment to H.R. 8 by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) that would repeal restrictionson the export of crude oil and include provisions of H.R. 702 as passed by theHouse:

"Our nation's economic interests areserved by allowing the free flow of U.S. oil into the export market, particularlybenefitting key strategic allies that we already have strong trade relationswith, and that is why Americans for Limited Government supports theamendment to H.R. 8 by Rep. Joe Barton.

"It is equally important that our nation'soil refiners be allowed to increase capacity to handle our domestic oil supply.

"It is absurd to have an energy policythat does not allow the export of U.S. oil coinciding with a market-basedrebuilding of our refining capacity. The Barton amendment begins to addressthis concern by easing the backlog of unrefined oil currently waiting to go tomarket."

Attachments:

Amendment to H.R. 8, Rep. Joe Barton(R-Texas) at http://www.rules.house.gov/amendments/BARTON_023_xml1119151438523852.pdf

AMENDMENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT FORH.R. 8 OFFERED BY MR. BARTON OF TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR OF TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL OF TEXAS,AND MR. FLORES OF TEXAS

At the end of the bill, add thefollowing:

TITLE VII—CHANGING CRUDE OIL MARKETCONDITIONS

SEC. 7001. FINDINGS.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) The United States has enjoyed arenaissance in energy production, establishing the United States as the world'sleading oil producer.

(2) By authorizing crude oil exports,the Congress can spur domestic energy production, create and preserve jobs,help maintain and strengthen our independent shipping fleet that is essentialto national defense, and generate State and Federal revenues.

(3) An energy-secure United States thatis a net exporter of energy has the potential to transform the securityenvironment around the world, notably in Europe and the Middle East.

(4) For our European allies and Israel,the presence of more United States oil in the market will offer more securesupply options, which will strengthen United States strategic alliances andhelp curtail the use of energy as a political weapon.

(5) The 60-ship Maritime Security Fleetis a vital element of our military's strategic sealift and global responsecapability. It assures United States-flag ships and United States crews will beavailable to support the United States military when it needs to mobilize toprotect our allies, and is the most prudent and economical solution to meetcurrent and projected sealift requirements for the United States.

(6) The Maritime Security Fleet programprovides a labor base of skilled American mariners who are available to crewthe United States Government-owned strategic sealift fleet, as well as theUnited States commercial fleet, in both peace and war.

(7) The United States has reduced itsoil consumption over the past decade, and increasing investment in clean energytechnology and energy efficiency will lower energy prices, reduce greenhouse gasemissions, and increase national security.

SEC. 7002. REPEAL.

Section 103 of the Energy Policy andConservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6212) and the item relating thereto in the table ofcontents of that Act are repealed.

SEC. 7003. NATIONAL POLICY ON OIL EXPORTRESTRICTIONS.

Notwithstanding any other provision oflaw, to promote the efficient exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing,pricing, and regulation of energy resources, including fossil fuels, noofficial of the Federal Government shall impose or enforce any restriction onthe export of crude oil.

SEC. 7004. STUDIES.

(a) GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.—Not laterthan 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energyshall conduct, and transmit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of theHouse of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources ofthe Senate the results of, a study on the net greenhouse gas emissions thatwill result from the repeal of the crude oil export ban under section 7002.

(b) CRUDE OIL EXPORT STUDY.— (1) INGENERAL.—The Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Department of Energy,and other departments as appropriate, shall conduct a study of the State andnational implications of lifting the crude oil export ban with respect toconsumers and the economy.

(2) CONTENTS.—The study conducted under paragraph(1) shall include an analysis of—

(A) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on the economy of the United States;

(B) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on consumers, taking into account impacts on energy prices;

(C) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on domestic manufacturing, taking into account impacts on employment;and  

(D) the economic impact that exporting crudeoil will have on the refining sector, taking into account impacts onemployment.  

(3) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 1year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Bureau of Industry andSecurity shall submit to Congress a report containing the results of the study conductedunder paragraph (1).

SEC. 7005. SAVINGS CLAUSE.

Nothing in this title limits theauthority of the President under the Constitution, the International Emergency EconomicPowers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Na-tional Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C.1601 et seq.), part B of title II of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42

U.S.C. 6271 et seq.), the Trading Withthe Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. App. 1 et seq.), or any other provision of law thatimposes sanctions on a foreign person or foreign gov-ernment (including anyprovision of law that prohibits or restricts United States persons fromengaging in a transaction with a sanctioned person or government), including aforeign government that is designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, toprohibit exports.

SEC. 7006. PARTNERSHIPS WITH MINORITYSERVING INSTITUTIONS.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Department of Energyshall continue to develop and broaden partnerships with minority servinginstitutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and HistoricallyBlack Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the areas of oil and gas exploration,production, midstream, and refining.

(b) PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.—TheDepartment of Energy shall encourage public-private partnerships between theenergy sector and minority serving institutions, including Hispanic ServingInstitutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

SEC. 7007. REPORT.

Not later than 10 years after the dateof enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerceshall jointly transmit to Congress a report that reviews the impact of liftingthe oil export ban under this title as it relates to promoting United Statesenergy and national security.

SEC. 7008. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

Not later than 180 days after the dateof enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerceshall jointly transmit to Congress a report analyzing how lifting the ban oncrude oil exports will help create opportunities for veterans and women in theUnited States, while promoting energy and national security.

SEC. 7009. PROHIBITION ON EXPORTS OFCRUDE OIL, REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, AND PETROCHEMICAL PRODUCTS TO THEISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

Nothing in this title shall be construedto authorize the export of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and petrochemicalproducts by or through any entity or person, wherever located, subject to thejurisdiction of the United States to any entity or person located in, subject tothe jurisdiction of, or sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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