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The Surge in Exports Politicians Don't Talk About

October 18, 2013

The Surge in Exports Politicians Don't Talk About

Politicians love to talk up American exports, with one exception: refined petroleum products like gasoline and diesel.

The reason why is terribly simple: The mere perception, let alone genuine possibility, of higher gasoline prices gets politicians up and down the political spectrum nervous about touting what the sheer numbers show is our country's biggest export success story right now.


The United States exported 3 million barrels of refined petroleum products a day in July, an almost 150 percent increase over the past six years. In 2012, these exports were worth $117 billion and were the single-largest U.S. export across the board.

Staying mum about all the gasoline and diesel leaving our country to places like Latin America might quite possibly be the only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on when it comes to our energy policy.

Amy Harder


GOP TO CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR: DON'T SPOIL FRACKING POTENTIAL. House Republicans from California are warning Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to ensure that a law he signed last month doesn't prevent a revival of the Golden State's oil industry.

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CORY BOOKER COULD MOVE TO SENATE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE. The newly-minted senator from New Jersey could land a spot on the Environment and Public Works Committee

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: AIR POLLUTION CAUSES CANCER. For the first time, the WHO has classified outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen. Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is planning a hearing to look into the matter.

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST EAST ASIA 5.3% OF GDP. Floods, drought and extreme weather will take their toll by 2100 if current trends continue.

SPENDING ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY ON PAR WITH FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENT. A report shows that in 2011 global investment in energy-saving measures was comparable to spending on fossil fuels and renewable energy.

PETROLEUM GROUP PUTS EPA ON NOTICE. API will file suit if the agency misses its Nov. 30 deadline to issue next year's renewable-fuel standard.

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