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Environmentalists Gain in U.S. Budget Deal Permitting Oil Export

  • Deal includes extension of renewable energy tax breaks
  • Republican riders to block Obama's power plant rules blocked
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Congress to Vote on Opening the Tap on U.S. Oil

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The spending deal that is set to hand the oil industry a major victory by allowing unfettered exports of U.S. crude for the first time in 40 years also is delivering some major wins for environmentalists who fought that policy.

The gains include an extension of renewable energy tax breaks, new life for a 50-year-old conservation program and allowing spending on a Green Climate Fund that aims to help developing countries deal with the effects of climate change. Republicans also agreed to stand down from some riders meant to block some of the Obama administration’s environmental regulations.