Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

Even those lawmakers who believe lifting the 39-year-old ban on most oil exports is a good idea are wary of casting a vote to overturn it, afraid they will get blamed the next time gasoline prices jump.

And it doesn’t matter what exactly causes  prices to rise, Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of the research firm IHS, told FuelFix reporter Jennifer A. Dlouhy.

If Congress lifts the ban “and then, for reasons that have nothing to do with it _ because of a world event or something else that happens _ gasoline prices go up, those that voted to remove the ban would feel uncomfortable,” he said.

For more details on how that political fear may be one reason some  Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the subject, read the full story at