Jeb Bush’s Energy Plan Includes Dropping Oil-Export Ban and RFS

By Amy Harder and Beth Reinhard, The Wall Street Journal. 

In his third policy announcement this month aimed at accelerating economic growth, Jeb Bush is calling to remove the nation’s 40-year-old ban on oil exports, approve the Keystone XL pipeline and eliminate a raft of environmental regulations.

Mr. Bush is expected to outline his energy platform Tuesday afternoon at Rice Energy, a Pennsylvania oil and gas company. Mr. Bush is promising that this agenda, along with his plans unveiled earlier this month to lower tax rates and roll back regulations on business, would generate 4% annual economic growth—a target the U.S. hasn’t hit in a sustained way since the late 1990s.

Mr. Bush’s energy ideas are mainstays among Republican presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail. All of the GOP candidates for president support the Keystone pipeline and many, including retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, support lifting the ban on crude-oil exports to foreign markets.