Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins call to allow exports of U.S. oil

May 1, 2015

Denver Post

Gov. John Hickenlooper is throwing his support behind a national call to allow the export of crude oil produced in the U.S.

Exports of domestic crude have been banned since the OPEC oil embargo in 1975.

Hickenlooper sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, saying the ban should be lifted.

His support makes him one of the highest-profile Democrats to advocate on the issue, which so far has been supported mostly by Republicans.

In the letter to Pritzker, Hickenlooper said that "ending the outdated and counterproductive ban on crude oil exports is the next logical step to ensuring that domestic producers continue to invest and that energy consumers benefit.

"We respectfully request your support and that of the broader (Obama) Administration for full legislative repeal of the crude oil export ban," Hickenlooper wrote.

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