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Raw Oil Export Ban Lift
Just a reminder the raw oil export moratorium lift made it out of the senate sub-committee with an endorsement to lift the moratorium. Congress also voted to lift the ban. It is our last chance to block this either in the senate or lastly with a veto from the president. We need people calling their senators and telling them that it will be a cold day in hell before they get elected to anything if they push this crap!! Refuse to support Houston turning into the next Allentown. Take Action:?Sign a petition letter to go to each senator’s office. ?Call John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934 ?Call Ted Cruz: (202) 224-5922 •What the raw oil export moratorium lift means to you:?For the first time raw oil is exported overseas and refined elsewhere. ?Lifting the crude oil export ban will put the United States under the influence of global prices and eliminate the discount United States consumers are currently experiencing at the pump, raising gas prices and hurting United States manufacturing. ?Shipping United States crude overseas will mean the United States is more reliant on foreign oil producers like OPEC and will have to import more foreign crude at whatever price is set. ?Lifting the crude oil export ban will put hundreds of thousands of refinery jobs at risk and undermine billions of dollars in United States manufacturing like in the chemical industry. ?Lift of the ban will allow crude oil to into the global market. This means countries like China and India will buy the raw crude oil product, refine it, and export it back to the United States. •Testimony Provided to Senate Sub-Committee •July 13, 2015 U.S. House Washington, D.C. 20515 Re: Oppose H.R.702 or Any Legislation Which Would Lift the Crude Oil Export Ban Dear Representative: On behalf of the 850,000 members of the United Steelworkers (USW), including those in the oil, gas and refining industries, I strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 702 which would lift the long standing crude oil export ban. U.S. consumers, refinery jobs, and our energy security are far too critical to arbitrarily lift long-standing policy that has served to lower our nation’s reliance on foreign oil and support hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs. Our nation is not self-sufficient in oil, as 44 percent of the crude oil processed in U.S. refineries is imported. In fact, at a recent House Energy & Power Subcommittee hearing, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stated that the U.S. imports seven million barrels of crude oil per day to meet domestic demand. Additionally, more oil is imported today than when the export ban was enacted in 1975. Secretary Moniz also noted that for every barrel of oil the U.S. would export, we would have to import an additional barrel. This would detract from our nation’s goal of achieving energy independence and security. All crude oil is not the same. By keeping oil produced in the U.S. here at home for refining, refiners have been able to realign their processes to specialize in the types of crudes that are produced here. This allows for greater refining efficiency and increased production. For example, these streamlined processes have allowed U.S. refiners to add 100,000 additional barrels per day compared to last year. This keeps prices low and refineries operating as efficiently as possible. Further specialization, particularly in the use of “super light” crude can increase U.S. refinery capacity by more than 730,000 barrels per day by 2016, which is more than enough capacity to handle the projected growth of U.S. extraction without need for exports. Lifting the crude oil export ban will not significantly impact global crude supplies, instead it would provide a competitive advantage to China, who will likely be the main beneficiary. Illegal trade practices by China have cost USW member’s jobs in multiple industries. Lifting the crude oil export ban will further fuel China’s effort to undermine U.S. manufacturing jobs in countless industries including steel, rubber, and now refining. In addition to increasing foreign oil imports, lifting the export ban would also cost jobs in the domestic refining industry. The United Steelworkers union (USW) represents workers at 63 of the nation's refineries, which accounts for two-thirds of domestic refining capacity. Refinery jobs are good paying jobs which support over $1.8 million in value-added to the economy per employee. Lifting the ban would not only prove detrimental to the jobs of the men and women employed at U.S. refineries, but also to the communities that rely on the tax base generated from these wages. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that American households are saving, on average, $700 per year from lower fuel prices compared to a year ago. Some are saving significantly more, including those who use heating oil. Lower fuel prices have a profound ripple effect throughout the economy, stimulating consumer spending and economic growth, and thereby creating jobs. And for those on fixed or lower incomes, fuel costs account for a significant portion of their household budgets. The benefits from the export ban are real, rather than hypothetical. The American public strongly supports maintaining the crude oil export ban. 82 percent of Americans support proposals that would require oil companies to use oil that is produced in the United States from public lands and offshore to meet energy needs here at home instead of exporting US oil to foreign countries. American consumers do not want to pay more at the fuel pump for foreign oil or petroleum products refined in China or elsewhere and shipped to the U.S. Exporting crude will undermine America’s refining capability, negatively impact U.S. refining jobs, raise fuel prices for U.S. consumers and businesses, and make us more reliant on both imported crude oil and imported petroleum products. For these reasons we urge you to OPPOSE H.R.702 or Any Legislation Which Would Lift the Crude Oil Export Ban. Sincerely, Leo W. Gerard International President LWG/rdb Read More...
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"All that harms labor is treason. If any man tells you that he loves America [but] he hates labor, he is a liar." 

President Abraham Lincoln

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part 1 of History of the Labor Movement

part 2 of History of the Labor Movement


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