From: Morning Consult
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Morning Consult Energy Sunday Edition: Divisions On Oil Exports Not So Clear-Cut
Date: Sun May 25 18:00:36 MDT 2014



Divisions On Oil Exports Not So Clear-Cut


By Emily Holden (@emilyhholden)


In the fight over whether the U.S. should lift a decades-long ban on exporting crude oil, the battle lines might seem clearly defined. On one side are the exploration and production companies pushing for the ability to export, giving them access to a much bigger market. On the other, the thinking goes, are the refiners who might see business jeopardized as oil gets sent out of the U.S. before getting processed in their plants. But in reality, it’s not that simple. While some big independent refiners, like Valero, have come out clearly opposed to lifting the ban, many are sitting on the sidelines and not yet lobbying hard on their positions. Insiders say some refiners are keeping quiet and waiting to see how the midterm election plays out. The vocal supporters of lifting the ban, they argue, would benefit on the production side through a parent company or other operations. READ THE FULL STORY.



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Mark Your Calendars (All Times Eastern): May 26 - May 30

Tuesday: Brookings Instituton discussion on Russia's influence on gas markets @ 10 am 

Wednesday: White House, DOE, GSA Energy Datapalooza @ 8:30 am

Wednesday: FERC, NRC meeting on grid reliability @ 9 am 

Wednesday: Resources for the Future seminar on natural resources, ecology and policy @ 12:45 pm

Wednesday: Johns Hopkins University discussion on careeres in green energy financing @ 4 pm 

Thursday: Hudson Institute discussion on congressional action on energy infrastructure @ 8 am

Thursday: House Science hearing on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change process @ 11 am

Thursday: House Small Business hearing on EPA water rule @ 1 pm

Thursday: House Foreign Affairs hearing on U.S. LNG and Asia @ 2 pm 

Thursday: George Mason University SPP gala and talk on energy geopolitics with Macfarlane @ 7 pm