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Zinke, White House At Odds Over Oil Export Ban

Oil pump.
Dan Boyce
Oil pump.

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke has joined a big push in the House to repeal America’s ban on exporting crude oil. Today the White House said it would veto the bill Zinke is backing.

The Congressman says it would create jobs in Montana and boost national security.

Zinke says he only sees opposition to ending the oil export ban from one quarter.

"You always have what I would call the radical environmentalists that just don’t like anything with fossil fuels."

A report from the Government Accountability office this summer says there’s evidence that the export ban would be good for the domestic oil industry and might lower prices for gasoline.

You can find the White House’s statement on the oil export ban here.

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