Exporting Crude Oil

Courtesy of The New York Times. By ALAN M. EDELSON

To the Editor:

According to an oil executive quoted in “No Fast Impact Seen in Resuming U.S. Oil Exports” (news article, Dec. 17), the United States is still a major importer of crude oil to the tune of seven million barrels a day.

So why has Congress passed a $1.8 trillion spending bill that includes a provision allowing crude exports — in addition to the 4.5 million barrels a day of refined petroleum products like gasoline and diesel already being exported?

American producers want to find more markets for their oil as an “oil glut” is causing them to close down some drilling rigs. But something is out of whack if we still need to import so much crude oil.

Instead of exporting all those refined petroleum products, it would make more sense to use the crude oil they were made from (which is certainly more than the net amount of refined products produced) to significantly reduce the amount of crude we must import.

We need a government policy that aims to coordinate how our resources are best used so as to reduce foreign oil imports as much as possible, rather than merely help American producers increase foreign sales.


Irvington, N.Y.

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