American Petroleum Institute (API)

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Washington DC, United States

The American Petroleum Institute (API) appears to be actively and negatively engaged on a range of US climate change legislation. API President, Jack Gerald, argued that President Obama’s support of the Paris climate change summit was driven by "narrow political ideology" and, since the 2016 US election, has heavily promoted a deregulatory agenda in the US, suggesting it is more important than further action on climate change. Having opposed the US Clean Power Plan, including through legal action, API has supported its repeal in 2017. Also, throughout 2017, API has aggressively pursued the Bureau of Land Management's regulation of methane and Environmental Protection Agency's New Source Performance Standards for oil and gas sector emissions, successfully blocking or delaying both. API further appears to oppose U.S. carbon trading, carbon taxes and energy efficiency targets. In 2015, it opposed renewable energy provisions contained within the Clean Power Plan and, in 2017, took legal action to oppose zero-emission credit programs for the electricity sector in Illinois and New York. API has heavily lobbied in favour of measures that will help maintain a high GHG energy mix, for example, the removal of restrictions on unconventional oil and gas production and increased access to land for oil and gas exploration, including in the Artic. All API's lobbying positions are supported through an extensive public advertising campaign.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency -2 NS NA -2 -2 NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance NS -1 NA -2 NS -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation -1 NS NA -1 -2 -1 NA NA
UN Treaty Support NS 0 NA NS 0 0 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation -1 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax NS NS NA NS -2 0 NA NA
Emissions Trading NS -1 NA NS NS -1 NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS NA -2 -2 NS NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -2 -1 NA -1 -1 NS NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -2 -1 NA -1 -1 -2 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS