Congress wants more focus on halting ISIL oil revenues

Fuel Fix:
A bipartisan group of congressmen is urging the U.S. military to find ways to disrupt the oil production that helps fund the insurgent group ISIS.

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, along with five other Republicans and Democrats, introduced a bill Tuesday allowing the military to coordinate with the U.S. Department of Energy on finding ways to “hinder Islamic State oil production and cut off a main source of revenue for their terrorist activities.”

“In an age where energy is a precious commodity, their energy production not only funds crimes against humanity, but it also forms the means by which would-be ‘states’ like ISIS survive,” Olson said in a statement. “We must take every measure to cut off ISIS funding at the source.”

In December, the Los Angeles Times reported ISIS now controls approximately two-thirds of oil production in Syria, which analysts estimated at around 35,000 barrels a day. At current market prices, ISIS’s share of that oil is worth more than $900,000 a day.
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It tells you something about the lacklustre effort of the Obama administration that they have not already considered this and implemented it.  But it is not that surprising since Obama has put a greater priority on the environment than winning the war and destroying the enemy.

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