Despite oil exports, green groups pleased overall with spending bill


Environmentalists unsurprisingly called Congress' deal to lift the ban on exporting crude oil "toxic," but overall were pleased with what was and was not included in the $1.1 trillion spending bill released early Wednesday.

While the omnibus bill would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, a tax extenders package includes tax breaks for wind and solar energy. Democrats in Congress also have celebrated the deal for not containing some riders that would have harmed President Obama's climate change agenda.

The biggest news to come out of the deal is the lifting of the crude oil ban, which Friends of the Earth Climate and Energy Campaigner Lukas Ross called "toxic."