As a debate intensifies over the future of the US oil exports ban, industry and environmentalists alike say even current policy is far from clear.
Keystone XL may nab the headlines, but underneath the push to approve the pipeline is an energy policy overhaul with even greater significance: overturning the ban on US oil exports.
President Obama has made Alaska's Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas drilling. Green groups applauded the move, but the oil and gas industry's response was muted. A sign of compromise? Sort of.
Surging US oil production and plummeting oil prices has ignited a debate over a decades-old ban on US crude exports. It's an issue that will get increasing attention in a GOP-dominated Senate next year.
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