MERITS OF BAN ON N. SLOPE OIL EXPORTS ARGUED

The ban on Alaskan North Slope (ANS) oil exports serves no useful purpose, an Alaskan official has argued before a U.S. House of Representatives foreign affairs subcommittee. James Eason, director of the Alaskan Department of Natural Resources's oil and gas division, said, "Counter to one of its implied intents, the ban has reduced the incentive to produce Alaska and California oil which, in turn, has made our national energy security more vulnerable to the whims of foreign producers.

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