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U.S. energy exports turn debate over domestic security in new direction
Energy politics has been heavily centered on gas prices for months, but a new trend is complicating the arguments on both sides of the political aisle. The United States is becoming an energy exporter.
Advocates of increased U.S. drilling have argued that more domestic production would put downward pressure on world crude prices and make consumers less vulnerable to spikes in crude prices. President Barack Obama has made much of the fact that while the U.S. has a tiny sliver of proven oil reserves, his policies have also helped the nation cut its exposure to high oil prices.
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