Merkley Statement on Oil Export Provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after reports that must-pass, end-of-year tax and spending legislation included a deal to lift the ban on exports of U.S. oil:

“Lifting the oil export ban is a windfall for big oil at the expense of working Americans and our planet. Working families will pay more at the pump and our essential efforts to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy will be deeply damaged. It’s a huge mistake.”