FROM THE OFFICE OF KEN BUCK: I want to share my latest op-ed in the Denver Post, in which I discuss the need to lift the export ban on crude oil in the United States. By lifting the export ban on crude oil, Congress has an opportunity to encourage job creation in the private sector, bolster national security, and reduce the cost of a critical commodity for consumers. Americans take pride in our domestic products and we have worked hard to open global markets � except for crude oil. That must change.
The United States is the world's leading producer of total oil supply. America's oil exports are vital for our foreign policy. Russia uses its energy policy as a weapon against the west, and Iran uses proceeds from its oil supply to fund international terrorism and its nuclear weapon program. It would be tragic if Congress and President Obama allowed more oil to flow out of Iran than flows out of Colorado, Texas, or North Dakota. We should not impose harsher controls on the DJ Basin than on our enemies.
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