Oil exports gain steam, propelled by lobbying blitz

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy, The Houston Chronicle \

WASHINGTON – Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to lift a 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude, driven by a sophisticated oil industry lobbying campaign that has enlisted executives, targeted political donors and tapped social media.

It’s a remarkable reversal for a crusade met with deep skepticism when it was launched less than two years ago.

A House subcommittee is expected to approve legislation lifting the export ban this week, setting the stage for full floor action this fall…

“We’ve come so far, so fast,” said George Baker, executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports, a coalition of independent oil companies lobbying to lift the ban. “This is a whole different issue from where it was back in January.”

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