OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Murkowski bill would overturn oil export ban

LIFTING THE BAN: Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Alaska) announced Monday that she would soon sponsor a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on oil exports.

For Murkowski, chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, her position is nothing new. And she cited the administration's efforts to lift sanctions against Iran, according to Reuters.


"It's time to lift America's ban on crude oil exports," Murkowski said at CERAWeek, a conference in Houston. "We shouldn't lift sanctions on Iranian oil while we are keeping restrictions on American oil.

It just doesn't make sense," she added.

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MCCONNELL SLAMS 'SLAVEOWNER' EDITORIAL: The Lexington Herald-Leader in an editorial last week on climate change said those opposed to strict environmental protection laws -- like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) -- would, "be regarded one day in the same way we think of 19th-century apologists for human slavery."

McConnell, obviously displeased, responded with an op-ed of his own, calling the charge a "depressing new low" in the debate over the Obama administration's push to enact new greenhouse gas emissions around the country. 

He ended his missive to the paper with a promise: "No one can predict the verdicts of history, but here's one thing you can be sure of: I will continue to wage this battle against the EPA on behalf of my constituents, and it's a fight I intend to win."

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ON TAP TUESDAY I: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will discuss "energy innovation in the Western Hemisphere" Tuesday at the Washington Conference on the Americas.

ON TAP TUESDAY II: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks Tuesday to the American Association of Port Authorities' spring conference on ports' roles in sustainability.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy will continue its symposium on market transformation Tuesday. The event will feature a keynote address by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), along with various sessions with public- and private- sector officials.

A coalition of energy associations will an event Tuesday on innovation in the electric grid. The session will include presentations from Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.).

David Friedman, acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will give a press conference on progress in reducing vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions and increasing fuel efficiency.


Pennsylvania's natural gas industry increased its emissions of various air pollutants in 2013, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs in the past two quarters and is planning more layoffs, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The European Union is expected to file an antitrust case against Russian state-owned oil company Gazprom, BBC News reports.


Check out Monday's stories ...

- Lawmakers seek ban on Atlantic offshore drilling
- GOP chairwoman to sponsor bill to lift oil export ban
- NSA unveils pro-recycling mascot for kids named 'Dunk'
- Activists: 'Premature' to loosen protections for humpback whales
- McConnell: Comparing climate skeptics to slaveholders a 'depressing new low'
- US challenges Australia on climate policy
- Carbon emissions grew in 2014
- Progressive group pushes ethanol on Gulf oil spill anniversary
- President Obama shines spotlight on parks for Earth Day week
Week ahead: House gets to work on energy reform

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