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Alaska GOP senator urges Obama to lift ban on U.S. oil exports

Murkowski, with her husband Martell, takes part in a re-enactment of her swearing-in by Vice President Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonSenator Lisa Murkowski urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to lift a ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil, stepping up pressure on the administration to allow producers involved in the domestic energy boom to gain access to global markets. “Lifting the ban will help create jobs, boost the economy and keep our production at record levels,” Murkowski, from Alaska and the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in a letter to Obama. While U.S. energy companies are allowed to export oil products, including gasoline and jet fuel, a presidential waiver from current laws is required to sell most unrefined crude abroad. “While I believe you retain the executive authority necessary to lift the ban on crude oil exports, if you need legislative support from the Congress in order to do so, you will always have a willing partner from Alaska,” Murkowski said in the letter to Obama.

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