US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S.

The Department of Energy announced the policy shift in a memo made public this month. The memo comes in support of an administration proposal to freeze car mileage standards.

The statement takes note of a shale oil boom that has made the country a contender for title of top global oil producer.

The Energy Department says the boom gives the country more flexibility “to use our...

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