Last week, another member of Congress has shown he is not afraid to step over party lines on the issue of crude oil exports in the interest of protecting and enhancing America’s energy security and future. Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado declared Wednesday at an energy summit that he would back the idea of U.S. oil exports if it meant it would improve the U.S.’ sense of energy security.
“In the context of being able to move us to a more secure energy environment in the United States (and) a cleaner energy environment in the United States, yes,” Bennet stated when asked if he supports crude exports, according to the Houston Chronicle. The notion of crude oil exports serving as a means to enhance our nation’s sense of energy security is one that both elected officials and policy experts have been promoting for quite some time now. In fact, a recent study from Rice University concluded that “removing the export ban yields positive impacts by providing a more stable and secure source of oil to the world,” and would as a result improve U.S. energy security.
Senator Bennet’s announcement comes only a week after fellow Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV), came out indicating that there was clearly room for compromise from both parties on this issue, given the tremendous opportunity that’s at stake. “We should sit down and try to work something out with the people who are so focused on exporting it and those people who are so focused on not exporting it and come up with a deal,” Reid said to Politico.
With August Recess drawing to a close, it is encouraging to see that our nation’s leaders are showing signs of bipartisanship and cooperation on this issue. The decision to export crude oil is one that should be immune to partisan politics as usual. Elected officials from both parties have received the message loud and clear that American oil exports serve the best interest of our nation as a whole. Now more than ever is the time for Congress to come together and continue working towards an energy secure America.