Climate justice advocates warn that lifting the decades-old U.S. oil export ban—an outcome that appears imminent as a result of Republican maneuvering and Democratic capitulation in Congress—would be antithetical to the goals of the brand-new Paris Agreement aimed at reining in global emissions.
News outlets reported Monday afternoon that a provision to end the ban, instituted during energy shortages of the 1970s, is almost certain to be tucked into the omnibus year-end spending bill needed to keep the government running.
According to ABC News:
But critics say the COP21 Paris talks only provided more of a reason to keep the oil export ban in place, arguing that to do otherwise would lead to “a massive expansion of dangerous oil drilling.”
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