Big questions for N.J. on crude oil exports

After the oil industry won a victory by persuading Congress to end a 40-year-old ban on the export of crude, it is far from clear what the impact will be on oil-filled tanker trains traveling through New Jersey.

Oil export ban hypocrisy

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If you were wondering how seriously world leaders took the obligations they imposed on themselves in Paris over the weekend, the early returns would indicate: not very. Barely 48 hours after all the back-patting at the climate conference had ended, word leaked out in Washington that the administration and Congress were preparing to lift the 40-year ban on oil exports, a major gift to the oil industry.

Exporting Denial During the Paris Climate Talks

We’re now in the final month of what will be the hottest year ever measured on our planet. We’ve watched wildfire scorch nine million American acres. Around the world flood and drought are wreaking unprecedented havoc. The only place where it seems to be business as usual is Capitol Hill.

Crude export ban, Keystone XL amendments head to House floor

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A sweeping package from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, likely to clear the chamber this week, has become the latest vehicle for repeal of the crude export ban and speeding the permitting process for projects like Keystone XL. House lawmakers today will debate a rule adopted yesterday by the House Rules Committee that sets up parameters for consideration of H.R.
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2 N.J. lawmakers among just 6 Republicans opposing U.S. oil exports

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WASHINGTON – Two Republican lawmakers from New Jersey bucked their party and voted Friday against removing the ban on exporting U.S. oil. Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.) and Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) were two of just six House Republicans who opposed the measure, which repealed a vestige of the 1970s Arab oil embargo by a vote of 261-159.

Critics of Liquefied Natural Gas Project Would Like to See It in Deep Freeze

With the fate of a controversial liquefied natural gas terminal off the Jersey coast still undetermined, lawmakers and environmentalists yesterday renewed calls for Gov. Chris Christie to block the project. The Port Ambrose project — a slightly modified version of which was already vetoed once by Christie — could be decided by the end of the year.