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House backs sweeping energy bill to boost oil, natural gas

7 years 6 months 6 days ago Thursday, December 03 2015 Dec 3, 2015 December 03, 2015 10:58 AM December 03, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON - The House has approved a sweeping bill to boost U.S. energy production, lift a four-decade ban on crude oil exports and modernize the aging electric grid.

The vote was 249-174.

The bill also would speed natural gas exports and hasten approval of natural gas pipelines across public lands. It also would advance cross-border projects such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which lingered for more than seven years before being rejected last month by President Barack Obama.

The White House has threatened a veto.

Passage of the legislation comes just days after Obama traveled to Paris for an international conference on climate change. Administration officials are pressing for a far-reaching agreement designed to put the world on a path toward reducing the carbon pollution blamed for global warming.

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