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Mary Schaper
Posted November 24, 2014

Is It Time for the U.S. to Lift Its Restrictions on Oil Exports?


Wall Street Journal (Jason Bordoff): It’s a whole new oil world for the U.S.

After decades of declining domestic oil production, the country is in the middle of an unexpected boom. Driven by new technology that reaches previously inaccessible reserves, production has soared by millions of barrels a day. This surge has been a key factor driving oil prices down.

So, should U.S. oil companies be allowed to sell that oil overseas?

Because of a restriction dating back to the oil scares of the 1970s, producers for the most part can’t export their oil. The export ban was part of a series of laws passed to ease supply concerns and prevent U.S. producers from skirting price controls by selling crude into the world market at higher prices.

Now there’s a growing call to lift that ban, from oil companies and others. The game has fundamentally changed, they argue. Allowing American oil to flow onto the global market will encourage more production, since the fuel will fetch higher prices than it could at home. It will also pump more cash into the U.S. economy and over time may end up driving down the price of gas for Americans.


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Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.