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An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Oil export backers plan to use highway bill as vehicle

Two oil export amendments have been teed up for possible consideration when the House of Representatives next week takes up legislation that would reauthorize federal highway and transit programs for six years.
Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, in Houston on June 18, 2013. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Oil lobbyist counts many options for winning crude exports

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard sees at least 20 legislative approaches to lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports.
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LNG boosters tout it as a cleaner, greener alternative to burning coal overseas

Even when U.S. natural gas is super-chilled into a liquid form, shipped by tanker around the globe, and burned to generate electricity, it producers fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the coal it often displaces, according to an industry analysis released Monday.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayott (R-NH) listens during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon March 12, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ad campaign launched to pressure senators on oil exports

With Congress nearing a vote on oil exports, a group opposed to foreign crude sales is hitting the airwaves in five states.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens during a congressional hearing. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Robert Menendez floats ‘strategic’ crude exports

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has historically opposed oil exports, but on Tuesday, he floated the possibility of “strategic” crude sales to U.S. allies while a nuclear deal with Iran is renegotiated.
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Iranian crude could pinch U.S. producers without export freedom, paper warns

The paper notes the “great geopolitical irony” that “lifting sanctions will boost Iranian oil exports at a time when federal law and regulations generally prohibit American oil exports.”
President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

Obama knows crude export ban is “bad economics,” North Dakota senator says

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., suggested that momentum is building on Capitol Hill and within the Obama administration for liberalizing the longstanding ban on U.S. crude exports.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during the opening panel discussion of IHS Energy CERAWEEK on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Murkowski releases road map for countries to seek U.S. crude exports

The study is being released by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the Senate nears a possible vote — as early as Tuesday afternoon — on a measure that would express the sense of Congress that the president should use existing crude and gas export authorities to aide U.S. allies and partners.
An artist rendering of Cheniere Energy's proposed LNG export terminal in Corpus Christi.

Feds hand key LNG export license to Cheniere’s Corpus Christi project

With the move late Tuesday, the Energy Department is allowing Cheniere to export as much as 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of liquefied natural gas over the next 20 years from the planned facility to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks at the IHS Energy CERA Week conference in Houston on April 20, 2015. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: U.S. crude export ban is a sanction against ourselves, Murkowski says

“We shouldn’t lift sanctions on Iranian oil while we are keeping sanctions on American oil,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski told energy executives at IHS Energy CERAWeek. “It makes no sense.”