Environmentalists are teaming up with oil refineries to oppose lifting the oil export ban, in the ultimate political marriage of convenience.
“Exporting American crude would risk the closure of a number of the 140 U.S. oil refineries, leaving thousands of American workers jobless. Refinery jobs are good paying jobs, and support over $1.8 million in value-added per employee. Lifting the ban would not only cost jobs, but it would also hurt the communities that rely on the tax base generated from these wages,” according to an article by The Sierra Club.
Progressive blog ThinkProgress worried that “American oil refineries are expected to take a hit” if the oil export ban is lifted. The article even claims that “domestic refineries need the export ban to stay competitive.”
Posted by The Daily Caller