The Crude Oil Export Ban - What, Me Worry About Peak Oil?  

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Art Berman has an article in Forbes on the ending of the crude oil export ban in the US - The Crude Oil Export Ban--What, Me Worry About Peak Oil?. It's quite amazing just how much oil the US still imports after 10 years of the shale oil boom.

Congress ended the U.S. crude oil export ban last week. There is apparently no longer a strategic reason to conserve oil because shale production has made American great again. At least, that’s narrative that reality-averse politicians and their bases prefer.

The 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) that banned crude oil export was the closest thing to an energy policy that the United States has ever had. The law was passed after the price of oil increased in one month (January 1974) from $21 to $51 per barrel (2015 dollars) because of the Arab Oil Embargo.

The EPCA not only banned the export of crude oil but also established the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Both measures were intended to keep more oil at home in order to make the U.S. less dependent on imported oil. A 55 mile-per-hour national speed limit was established to force conservation, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) was founded to better monitor and predict global oil supply and demand trends.

Above all, the export ban acknowledged that declining domestic supply and increased imports had made the country vulnerable to economic disruption. Its repeal last week suggests that there is no longer any risk associated with dependence on foreign oil.

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I think that the ban is commendable, working in Consulting engineering I understand the need for such measures

This is good news to US government, because they lift the ban of oil and petroleum export since the oil deposit is replenished. Of course it is additional revenue for government of America.

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