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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking Republican, left, talks with committee member Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking Republican, left, talks with committee member Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013.
(Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The flipside of Keystone XL: Why Republicans want to open U.S. crude exports

Even when Washington isn’t seized solid by the frigid Polar Vortex, things move at a glacial pace on Capitol Hill. So when Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, called this week for a radical revamping of America’s oil export ban, she was the first to admit that it will be tough sledding.