Brookings Data Now: U.S. Crude Oil Exports Could Generate $15 Billion Annually

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: economic value of crude oil exports; millions of Syrians displaced by civil war; millions of Americans enrolled in Obamacare; trillions in U.S. foreign profits not repatriated; the leaders in sponsoring bills in 113th Congress.  

$15 billion

Estimated annual economic gain from allowing U.S. crude oil exports

Domestic crude oil production has surged in recent years.

6.5 million

Number of Syrians displaced by the civil war

Two million have fled to neighboring countries, more than 130,000 have died.


Number of individuals enrolled in an Obamacare marketplace at the end of December

The figure includes both state-based and federal health insurance exchanges.

$2 trillion

Amount in foreign profits that U.S. corporations do not repatriate to the U.S.

Due to tax law, many U.S. corporations keep these profits abroad.


Number of bills sponsored by Rep. Alan Grayson in 113th Congress

Rep. Grayson, a Democrat from Florida, leads all House members. None of his bills made it through committee. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), leads the Senate in sponsoring 61 bills. None of his bills made it through committee, either.

Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.