Organisation Name
American Petroleum Institute (API)
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Energy Policy and Mix
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Social Media
 
 

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InfluenceMap has researched and collated the following pieces of evidence associated with the data source and query indicated above. Extraordinary information is indicated by a coloured flag in the upper right corner. Evidence items in order of data inputted with exceptional items first.

 

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Created: 03/07/2020 Last edited: 03/07/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Evidence suggests not supporting the transition of the energy mix away from fossil fuels (Twitter, 2020)

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“Gov. Cuomo’s pattern of siding with extreme activists by prohibiting the use of clean American natural gas is a gut-punch to hardworking New York families, small businesses and manufacturers,” David Spigelmyer, @MarcellusGas.

Created: 22/06/2020 Last edited: 22/06/2020

 

Supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Multiple tweets supporting increased/continued role of natural gas in energy mix (Twitter, June 2020)

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Created: 09/06/2020 Last edited: 09/06/2020

 

Supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Multiple tweets supporting fracking (Twitter, May 2020)

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"The way forward is not to place a bullseye on shale gas. In this time of crisis, we should be embracing this critical energy industry, not putting our hands further in its pockets

Created: 18/05/2020 Last edited: 18/05/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG energy mix

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Supporting fracking in multiple tweets (Twitter, 19th -26th April 2020)

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"[F]racking itself provides a pathway for the renewables that are championed by its adversaries, since cheap natural gas was needed as a backup fuel on days when solar and wind power were in short supply."

Created: 23/04/2020 Last edited: 04/05/2020

 

Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Advocating for further development of oil and gas infrastructure during COVID-19 crisis (Twitter, Apil 8 2020)

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"The global economy will recover, as will the demand for oil and gas. That’s why it’s important to take steps today to retain America’s No. 1 position in the future [by using this time to improve the infrastructure]."

Created: 14/04/2020 Last edited: 14/04/2020

 

Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Supporting development of gas infrastructure (Press Release Feb 20 2019)

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The American Petroleum Institute issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) order approving the Mountain Valley Pipeline project, which will deliver natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia once completed.[...] “Pipelines like the Mountain Valley project make our nation more energy secure, grow the economy, and create jobs in the mid-Atlantic, all while transporting the products that Americans need to power their daily lives safely, and are pleased that the project can move forward to completion.”

Created: 09/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Supporting high GHG emmissions energy mix

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Opposing Adams County's moratorium on new oil and gas projects (Press Release, March 20 2019)

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Today, the Adams County Board of Commissioners voted to immediately halt any new natural gas and oil development projects. The vote came just 24 hours after the commission announced plans to hold the hearing, the minimum amount of time that is legally required to inform the public. The moratorium comes as state lawmakers continue to debate Senate Bill 181 at the Capitol and follows the same commission’s enactment of an identical ban just four months ago, during the statewide debate over Proposition 112. “Adams County’s commissioners have just given Coloradans a glimpse of the consequences that Senate Bill 181 will have in the state,” said Ben Marter, Colorado Petroleum Council spokesman. “Again and again, proponents of this bill have explicitly denied any suggestions that the measure would permit municipalities and counties to do exactly what has happened in Adams County today. “This is the second time in four months that Adams County’s commissioners have voted to ban natural gas and oil development,” continued Marter. “As was the case during the debate over Proposition 112 last fall, the commission’s decision is clearly and explicitly reactive to Senate Bill 181, highlighted in the actual language of today’s moratorium.”

Created: 09/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG energy mix

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Opposing Senate Bill 181 in Colorado, which grants local authorities the authority to regulate the siting of oil and gas locations, impose fines/fees and inspect oil and gas facilities. While the policy itself is not overtly concerned with transitioning the energy mix, API's strong opposition to it is a result of the policies ability to transition the energy mix away from oil and gas(April 3rd 2019)

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Today, the Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 181, concurring with the amendments added by the Colorado House of Representatives. [...] “SB 181 is the most comprehensive oil and natural gas legislation Colorado has seen in decades. While a few critical amendments were added that begin to address some of industry’s concerns and provide a degree of certainty to our member companies, our industry remains firmly opposed to this bill because it threatens one of the pillars of Colorado’s economy."

Created: 09/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing moratoriums on new gas and oil developments in Broomfield (Press release, 

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This evening, Broomfield City Council approved a six-month moratorium on new natural gas and oil development in the city, becoming the seventh Colorado community to impose a ban since the introduction of Senate Bill 181 in March. The moratorium passed unanimously on second reading, halting the municipal approval process for energy development until December. Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Lynn Granger released the following statement in response to the decision:    “We are disappointed that Broomfield City Council has chosen to impose a moratorium on new energy development. Its decision is misguided and harmful to our state.[...] “We have and will continue to stand ready to engage in good faith discussions about Colorado’s energy future. We remain hopeful that Colorado’s local and state governments will do the same as the many elements of Senate Bill 181 are implemented in the months and years to come.”

Created: 09/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act: suggesting its proposed transition is unrealistic and unaffordable while promoting a long term role for gas (Press Release, July 18 2019)

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API-N.Y. released the following statement on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, signed into law by Governor Cuomo this afternoon, July 18. “Reducing emissions is a goal that we all share, and we are glad to see legislators in Albany making it a priority,” said Karen Moreau, executive director of API New York. “However, this law could have ramifications far beyond what its authors intended, and elected officials need to be realistic about the results of this law long-term – which could put upward pressure on utility bills and home heating costs, and lead to natural gas moratoriums that could devastate local economies, as we’re seeing play out right now in Westchester County. Clean, affordable and reliable natural gas has already brought carbon emissions in the U.S. to their lowest levels in a generation while simultaneously bringing down energy costs for Americans, and legislators need to strike a balance between providing affordable energy for consumers and protecting the environment – and the role of natural gas in New York’s energy mix does just that.”

Created: 09/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting development of oil infrastructure which will increase the production of unconventional oil (Press Release, August 23 2019)

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Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a statement regarding the Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline’s planned route through Nebraska.[...] “API commends the decision of the Nebraska Supreme Court to support the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s previous approval for the Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska,” said API’s Vice President of Midstream and Industry Operations Robin Rorick. “The Keystone XL Pipeline has gone through ten years of extensive environmental review under both the Obama and Trump administrations, and will create thousands of high-paying jobs, add millions of dollars to our economy, and help provide reliable and affordable energy to U.S. consumers throughout the country. We’re hopeful that this decision will be the push needed to finally get this important energy project completed.”

Created: 09/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Supporting high ghg energy mix

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Opposing policy that will limit oil development (Press Release, September 2019)

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Today’s vote to repeal future American energy development in an area of the Alaskan Coastal Plain already designated by Congress for energy development is a step backward for U.S. energy security and detrimental to the Alaskan economy

Created: 08/04/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Supporting development of oil infrastructure (Press Release, October 31 2019)

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API-Michigan released the below statement on the Michigan Court of Claims’ ruling that Enbridge Energy should be able to build a new tunnel to house the Line 5 pipelines. “We welcome this decision by the Court of Claims that allows the Line 5 tunnel project to move forward, which is great news for Michigan’s working families and our economy,” said API-Michigan Executive Director Pete Langley. “The Line 5 pipelines have been safely delivering the fuels that Americans rely on for over 60 years, and the tunnel project will ensure they can continue to do so. We’re excited for Enbridge to hopefully soon begin construction on this project.”

Created: 08/04/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Generally supporting high GHG energy mix

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Colorado Rising - an anti-fracking gorup - are attempting to initiate a ballot which imitates Proposition 112. API opposes this ballot initiative and instead calls for policies which support the oil and gas industry (Press Release, 7th Jan 2020)

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The Colorado Petroleum Council issued the following statement from Executive Director Lynn Granger regarding Colorado Rising’s filed ballot initiatives. [...] Colorado’s abundant energy resources are keeping costs down for working families and creating opportunities not only within the industry, but for businesses and diverse communities across the state of Colorado. Advancing policies that support, rather than hinder, this progress while protecting public health and reducing emissions is critical to Colorado’s economic growth and long-term prosperity.[...] “The industry is committed to the rulemaking process set forth by Senate Bill 181, and we will continue to engage with all stakeholders. It is unfortunate that this group has chosen to ignore this process. Coloradans voted decisively against Proposition 112, and with good reason. The natural gas and oil industry supports 232,900 Colorado jobs and has provided unprecedented opportunity to countless residents of our great state, while simultaneously reducing emissions and protecting public health and safety.”

Created: 08/04/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG energy mix

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Supporting development of Keystone XL Pipeline, which will increase the production of unconventional oil. At the same time, API uses the keystone pipeline announcement to advocate for reforms to NEPA which will allows for greater oil and gas development. (Blog post, 2nd April 2020)

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TC Energy’s announcement that it will proceed with building the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is a big deal in terms of vital energy for America, jobs, economic growth and North American security. The 1,210-mile pipeline – able to safely deliver 830,000 barrels per day from Canada’s oil sands region in Alberta to the U.S. heartland – figures to be a significant, long-awaited progress toward helping secure this country’s future energy needs. […] As TC Energy begins work in the U.S. Midwest this month, it’s a reminder that this nation’s energy needs and the infrastructure that delivers that energy should be carefully considered and safely developed in a timely manner – not held up endlessly by bureaucratic processes. Infrastructure is vital to U.S. energy security and must be allowed to proceed after reasonable discussion, review and permitting. For example, there’s an effort under way to modernize review processes directed by the current National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which we’ve discussed here, here and here. NEPA hasn’t been updated since 1978, and the U.S. cannot fully and efficiently harness the benefits of its global energy leadership without NEPA reform.  

Created: 30/03/2020 Last edited: 07/04/2020

 

Strongly supporting high GHG energy mix

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Actively working to maintain a high GHG emissions energy mix (Twotter, 9th March 2020)

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.@JasonBordoff: “The shale revolution has been a game changer from a geopolitical standpoint." A fracking ban "would weaken the United States geopolitically, and benefit countries around the world that don’t always have U.S. interests at heart.”

Created: 24/03/2020 Last edited: 24/03/2020

 

Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Supporting bills in 5 states which block bans on gas use in buildings (Twitter, March 2020)

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"Banning natural gas from communities, taking a clean energy solution away from people, is not going to accomplish our shared goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions." - @aga_naturalgas President & CEO @karenaharbert.

Created: 12/03/2020 Last edited: 16/03/2020

 

Not Supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting ban on gas infrastructure in New York (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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Utilities in NY "might have to refuse gas customers if the state doesn't allow construction of new pipelines." Gov. Cuomo's ban on natural gas pipelines continues to put NY families and businesses at risk.

Created: 02/03/2020 Last edited: 03/03/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 19th 2020)

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"A nationwide ban is the wrong way to go, as it is indisputable that fracking has been a net positive for America’s energy sector, its customers and for climate change."

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing a ban on fracking (Blog post, Feb 2020)

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With 95% of new natural gas and oil wells developed with hydraulic fracturing, a ban on fracking most likely would end U.S. global leadership in natural gas and oil production and make America weaker, less secure. It would hamstring the economy and could cost millions of jobs. Average household costs could increase, and entire communities could be waylaid in the process.The video underscores the opinion of Rapidan Energy Group’s Robert McNally, that banning hydraulic fracturing would “vaporize” the U.S. energy revolution – which has fueled job creation and economic growth, reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil and helped lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to their lowest levels in a generation. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to Congress late last year:“To shut down the shale industry, yeah, that would probably not be a good thing for the economy. … The energy independence of the United States is something that people have been talking about for 50 years and I never thought it would happen, and here it is. … It’s a great thing.”  It's hard to imagine a context where reversing the progress of the U.S. energy revolution – throwing away its hard-earned gains for America – is considered smart policy. But that’s how some candidates talked during the recent presidential debate in Las Vegas.Too much progress is at stake for the U.S. to put the country’s abundant natural gas and oil reserves on the shelf. Jobs, economic strength, household budgets, energy security and significant emissions reductions – aren’t rhetorical playthings for the campaign trail. They’re all closely tied to safe, reliable and affordable energy, which natural gas and oil provide and will continue to provide well into the future.

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 28/02/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 12th 2020)

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A ban on fracking would erase the benefits of America’s fracking revolution - more American jobs, affordable energy, & greater investment in U.S. manufacturing - while doing “little to change the actual U.S. consumption of oil,” via @karlbykarlsmith

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 02/03/2020

 

Mixed position on transition of the energy mix

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Supporting the use of natural gas but unclear whether as a transition fuel or to be used in the long-term in large quantities (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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Natural gas is the main reason U.S. CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest level in a generation. Exporting U.S. LNG enables other countries to replicate the emissions reductions America has achieved.

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 28/02/2020

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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A ban on fracking would mean: Millions of jobs lost A spike in household energy costs A manufacturing downturn Less energy security An empowered Putin

Created: 12/02/2020 Last edited: 12/02/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Evidence suggests supporting fracking (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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Senator Bob Casey (D-PA): “The false choice is that you have to choose fracking over good climate policy.” #DemDeabte

Created: 12/02/2020 Last edited: 12/02/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating for reforms to NEPA which allow for greater oil and gas infrastructure development ('NEPA reform provides foundation for energy progress', blog, Jan 2020)

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Today, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed reforms to regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which stand to improve the permitting and approval processes for energy and other infrastructure projects across the U.S. By streamlining federal regulations, businesses and government agencies can develop new infrastructure that generates good-paying jobs, spurs economic growth and protects the environment. […] America’s robust, state-of-the-art energy infrastructure allows natural gas and oil producers to safely and seamlessly deliver affordable fuels to consumers. The nation’s complex and extensive network of pipelines, roads, railways, ports and export terminals is fundamental to our energy and environmental progress. Expanding and upgrading this system ensures that abundant, homegrown energy will continue to reach American households, businesses and trading partners – but unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming regulations have delayed this critical build-out. […] Over the past five years, liquids pipeline mileage increased by nearly 12% to accommodate America’s energy production growth, and studies show that, through 2035, more than $1 trillion in infrastructure investments is needed to keep pace with rising demand. But outdated NEPA guidelines have prevented the private-sector investment required to meet our need for affordable, reliable and cleaner energy.

Created: 28/01/2020 Last edited: 28/01/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting new building codes in some cities in California and a town in Massachusetts which encourage or require all-electric new construction in order to create fewer legacy gas hookups ('Family Budgets, Home Heating and the Environmental Benefit of Natural Gas’, blog, Jan 2020)

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Natural gas-powered appliances are both more cost-effective and environmentally friendly for homeowners when compared to their all-electric counterparts, according to consumer studies and government reports. So, why are some groups campaigning to ban homeowners from using natural gas in favor of these more expensive alternatives? Already, a number of cities in California, along with a town in Massachusetts, have enacted new building codes that ban the use of natural gas in new homes and apartment buildings. 

Created: 23/01/2020 Last edited: 28/01/2020

 

Opposing measures to transition energy mix

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Opposing measures proposed by New York Governer Cuomo towards phasing out fossil fuels from energy mix (API Press Release, August 2018)

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API New York released the following statement after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied the renewal of the air quality permit needed for the operation of the natural gas-powered Competitive Power Ventures Power Plant in Wawayanda, New York. [...] Gov. Cuomo’s hostility towards clean natural gas hurts New York workers who would benefit from production of this abundant resource right beneath our feet; hurts New York consumers who would benefit from increased supplies of affordable energy; and hurts our environment, which has seen cleaner air from increased use of natural gas driving carbon emissions to 25 year lows nationwide. Gov. Cuomo should rethink his misguided energy policies and side with New York’s most vulnerable residents who are hurt by the region’s lack of clean, affordable natural gas.”

Created: 16/01/2019 Last edited: 16/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively supporting legislative  measures to encourage increased exploitation of fossil fuels (API, Press Release, January 2018)

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API welcomed the Interior Department’s new proposal for a five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan to allow greater access to energy resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, putting the U.S. on the right track towards increased energy production, economic growth, and job creation. “This new offshore leasing plan is an important step towards harnessing our nation’s energy potential for the benefit of American energy consumers,” said API Upstream Director Erik Milito. “The ability to safely and responsibly access and explore our resources in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is a critical part of advancing the long-term energy security of the U.S.  It will also encourage economic growth, spur manufacturing and investment, create thousands of additional U.S. jobs, and strengthen our national security.”

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing legislation to limit oil and gas production in Colorado (API, Press Release, Febuary 2018)

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The Colorado Petroleum Council testified today before the House Committee on Health, Insurance and Environment in opposition to House Bill18-1071, legislation that would slow energy development in Colorado and decrease revenue to the government. “This bill is an attempt to circumvent the judicial system and eliminates the checks and balances system that is the foundation of the state’s democracy,” said Tracee Bentley, executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council. “The bill would have undeniable and significant financial impacts that are not reflected in the current fiscal note. Completely rewriting the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s mission at the request of out-of-state, keep-it-in-the-ground activists would turn every permitting decision into a forum for protracted litigation, costing the state millions in direct dollars to defend administrative and judicial appeals, and tens of millions more in lost tax and royalty revenues due to permitting delays.” [...] The underlying premise behind the petitioner’s request for rulemaking is ultimately to persuade the COGCC to ban oil and gas development in Colorado, a result plainly contradicted by state law and policy, we hope members of the Colorado House of Representatives will see this for what it truly is and vote it down,” said Bentley.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively promoting measures to encourage increased exploitation of fossil fuels in US offshore states including Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina (API, Press Release, Febuary 2018)

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Georgia Petroleum Council Executive Director Hunter Hopkins emphasized the importance of offshore energy to Georgia’s communities and economy prior to today’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management public hearing on the Interior Department’s proposed five-year offshore natural gas and oil leasing plan. “The Interior’s five-year offshore leasing plan will be the cornerstone for Georgia’s energy and economic future. Many of our communities could benefit greatly from offshore energy exploration and production, which can lead to jobs that pay well-above the state average and millions of dollars in state revenue that can help advance and update our public school systems and infrastructure,” said Hopkins. “These hearings are a part of the open and public regulatory process to inform the best public policy outcomes.”

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Directly opposing policies to incentivise the electrification of transport  (API, Press Release, May 2018)

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Today the American Petroleum Institute testified at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on policy implications of electric and conventional vehicles. API Group Director of Downstream and Industry Operations Frank Macchiarola said transportation and energy policies should be based on free-market principles that allow market participants to operate and compete on a level playing field.   “API opposes government intervention in the markets to pick winners and losers because it creates an un-level playing field. Subsidies such as federal and state income tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles and tax credits for the installation of electric charging infrastructure distort free markets and are detrimental to taxpayers and the consuming public.”

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting increased exploitation of oil and gas reserves in Minnesota (API, Press Release, June 2018)

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The Minnesota Petroleum Council today released a new poll, conducted by Harris Poll, showing that the overwhelming bipartisan majority of voters in Minnesota’s First Congressional District support increased development of Minnesota’s energy infrastructure and believe that increased access to natural gas and oil resources could help stimulate the economy, increase energy security and help lower energy costs for consumers. “Pipelines are critical to safely delivering the energy that Minnesota consumers demand every day,” said Minnesota Petroleum Council Executive Director Erin Roth.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Promoting increased oil and gas production in Colorado (API, Press Release, July 2018)

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The American Petroleum Institute’s (API) President and CEO Jack Gerard and Colorado Petroleum Council (CPC) Executive Director Tracee Bentley hosted a luncheon discussion in Denver today with U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to discuss the present and future of oil and natural gas development in Colorado [...]“The State of Colorado exemplifies how collaboration between regulators, lawmakers, industry representatives, and local communities can lead to safer and more sustainable energy development,” said Gerard. “Energy is a bipartisan issue because it’s an economic issue, it’s a security issue, and it’s the quintessential kitchen table issue. You can’t put food on the table, heat and cool your home, or drive to the grocery store without energy. You prove every day that energy production and environmental progress can go hand-in-hand – just like we have on the national level.”

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing legislation to limit fossil fuel production in Colorado (API, Press Release, October 2018)

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The Colorado Petroleum Council will join Mayors Against Proposition 112, a bipartisan coalition of over 40 current and former mayors from across the state, for a rally at the Colorado State Capitol at noon in opposition to the statewide setback measure. “These mayors are dedicating their personal time and resources to today’s rally because they know that Proposition 112 would be devastating to their communities,” said Tracee Bentley, Executive Director of the Colorado Petroleum Council. “This measure would inflict budgetary pain across the board. From reduced school funding to fewer resources for our first responders, there are no winners if Proposition 112 passes. “The measure would cause immense damage to Colorado’s economy well beyond the energy industry.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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API has commissioned and promoted research strongly advocating increased offshore oil and gas development in Florida (which has voted to limit such activity), as well as other states including Georgia, South Caroina, North Carolina and Virginia (API, Press Release, Novermber 2018)

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The Florida Petroleum Council today released results from a new study showing that Florida’s economy could benefit from $2.5 billion as a result of offshore leasing in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.[...] The projected tax revenues outlined in this new study of potential federal offshore oil and natural gas production and activity could mean substantial investments in Florida such as in areas like education and opportunities to rebuild infrastructure,” said Florida Petroleum Council Executive Director David Mica. “This opportunity to inject one billion dollars in increased state and local revenues, coupled with the additional billions of dollars for the economies of coastal states from previous studies, is critical for any plans to help improve quality of life for Florida’s residents and the overall future of the state.” The new reports titled, The Economic Impacts of Allowing Access to the Atlantic OCS and Eastern Gulf of Mexico for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Development Supplement: Projected State, Local, and Federal Tax Receipts, focuses on state and local tax revenues and was prepared by CALASH on behalf of API.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively supporting legislation that will promote increased oil development in the Arctic (API Press Release, December 2018)

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The American Petroleum Institute released the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement that it will issue a draft EIS for the leasing program proposed for the 1002 Area (coastal plain) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), on December 28. “The coastal plain is a small portion of ANWR that has been identified for oil and natural gas exploration and the potential for safe and environmentally responsible energy development in this area is incredibly large and a key part of a long-term vision for U.S. energy security,” said API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito. “Responsible access to the Arctic region is in our national security interest, with other nations like Russia, Canada and Norway already actively exploring the area.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively supporting legislation that will promote increased oil development in the Arctic (API Press Release, November 2017)

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API welcomed legislation that would allow for safe and responsible natural gas and oil development in a small non-wilderness portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The legislation was released by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to be included as part of the budget reconciliation bill.   “Safe and environmentally responsible energy development in the ANWR coastal plain holds great promise for our nation’s energy security and competitiveness throughout the world,” said API Upstream Director Erik Milito. “

Created: 14/11/2017 Last edited: 20/12/2017

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Oppossing decision to ban unconventional oil and gas production  (API press release, September 2017)

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API Pennsylvania (API-PA) responded to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in the region. “The Marcellus Shale is a proven opportunity to harness clean and abundant American energy to power our state and the nation and support jobs in Pennsylvania,” said API-PA Executive Director Stephanie Catarino Wissman. “Arbitrary limits on responsibly developing U.S. resources are bad public policy. [...] The DRBC proposal could put upward pressure on energy costs for Pennsylvania families who also rely on energy development for millions of jobs." [...] We oppose the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposal to adopt regulations that are duplicative and contradict existing state regulations in surrounding states and Pennsylvania, where state officials and communities have worked hard to create a robust regulatory regime that ensures the environment, public health and local communities are well-protected."

Created: 14/11/2017 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting specific measures to maintain high GHG energy mix (Press Release, October 2017)

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API welcomed legislation that would allow for safe and responsible natural gas and oil development in a small non-wilderness portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The legislation was released by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to be included as part of the budget reconciliation bill. “Safe and environmentally responsible energy development in the ANWR coastal plain holds great promise for our nation’s energy security and competitiveness throughout the world,” said API Upstream Director Erik Milito. “We commend Charmain Murkowski for her leadership on this important issue and look forward to working with Congress and the administration to continue harnessing our nation’s energy potential to benefit American consumers.

Created: 10/11/2017 Last edited: 10/11/2017

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Directly advocating for measures that will maintain a high GHG energy mix (Press Release, April 2017)

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“U.S. energy leadership is generating major economic benefits for American families and businesses,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “Increased energy production and infrastructure investment could create hundreds of thousands of additional jobs. Restrictive policies would take the United States back to an era of energy dependence – all based on the false idea that we must choose between energy self-sufficiency and environmental progress." API’s study assumes a scenario including no new private, State, or Federal oil and natural gas leases; a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing; no new coal mines or expansion of existing mines; and no new energy infrastructure including pipelines. Key findings of the study include: Loss of 5.9 million jobs. Loss of $11.8 trillion in cumulative GDP. Potential increase of $4,552 annual energy expenditures per household. Potential increase of $40 in the price of a barrel of crude oil (WTI). Potential increase of $21 in the cost of natural gas (MMbtu). Potential increase of 56.4 percent in retail electricity prices. “Cutting U.S. oil and natural gas production wouldn’t magically reduce world energy demand,” said Gerard. “But it could raise costs significantly for American families and manufacturers, profoundly damage the U.S. economy, diminish our geopolitical influence, and severely weaken our energy security. With forward-thinking energy policies, we can ensure the U.S. energy renaissance continues to provide benefits for American consumers, workers and the environment.”

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Strongly supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating for an increased role of coal in the energy mix (Press release, September 2014)

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“While the environmental fringe may push for policies that raise energy prices, or undercut supplies – or even suggest we should leave it in the ground – that is not a future many Americans would support: a planned decline in standard of living, loss of mobility, lower family incomes, electricity rationing and population control. “That is not our vision. We can and must produce more energy – more oil and natural gas, but also more wind, solar, coal, nuclear, geothermal, biomass, hydropower – because we will need more. The EIA projects we’ll need ten percent more by 2040 to support a growing economy and a larger population. And they predict more than 60 percent of that will need to come from oil and natural gas.”

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Evidence suggests not supporting the transition of the energy mix away from fossil fuels (Twitter, 2020)

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Natural gas and oil play a critical role in advancing economic, social and environmental prosperity. Read how the industry is stepping up to meet the challenge in API, @IOGP_News and @IPIECA's Sustainability Report: https://bit.ly/3dHHKGE

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Unclear position on transition of energy mix

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Supporting continued use of natural gas, although unclear if supporting its use as transition fuel (Twitter, 2020)

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"Despite the strong growth that renewables... forecasts suggest that the U.S. will depend heavily on natural gas for decades to come," and we'll need adequate infrastructure to get product from producers to consumers.

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Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing New York's fracking ban (May 2020)

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Because of New York's fracking ban, "residents have lost out on an energy production boom that would have enabled the state to produce more than enough natural gas to cover its own heating, electrical, and industrial needs."

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Supporting high GHG emission energy mix

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Multiple tweets supporting sustained role for oil and gas in energy mix post-COVID-19 (May 2020)

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG energy mix

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Opposing decision of Montana District Court to suspend Permit 12, which halts development of Keystone XL until further assessments have been completed (Twitter, 17th April 2020)

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API, @NABTU & @INGAApipelines Respond to Montana District Court Decision on USACE Nationwide Permit 12. Read more: https://bit.ly/2VDdaG8 […] The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit 12 is critical to the responsible and efficient development and maintenance of energy and other vital infrastructure projects across America, as well as the millions of good-paying union jobs that they support. Whether its a utility line, broadband cable, or a water main, this general nationwide permit allows construction and maintenance activities that will have minimal environmental impacts.'

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Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Supporting repeal of tax credits for electric vehicles and instead taxing alternative fuel vehicles, thereby supporting specific measures to maintain high GHG energy mix (Press release, Feb 6th 2019)

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Today, the American Petroleum Institute announced its support for the “Fairness for Every Driver Act” which repeals the electric vehicle tax credit and generates additional revenue for the Highway Trust Fund through a federal highway user fee on alternative fuel vehicles. [...] The electric vehicle tax credit has allowed the government to pick winners and losers at the expense of taxpayers, and it is time for that to end,” said Frank Macchiarola, API Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations. [...] “Not only does this legislation end the electric vehicles tax credit - saving taxpayers billions of dollars  - it also increases investment in our roads and bridges.  Like other consumers, electric vehicle drivers should pay their fair share to help support American infrastructure projects. This legislation is an important first step in the right direction in creating a fair, level-playing field for all Americans.” 

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Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Supporting development of gas infrastructure (Press Release Feb 22 2019)

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The American Petroleum Institute issued the following statement applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after their decision late yesterday to approve a critical LNG export terminal in Louisiana – the first step in a backlog of energy infrastructure projects that are key to sharing clean energy abroad. “We’re thrilled that FERC has found a bipartisan path to approval of Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, which also creates a path forward for all other LNG export facilities that are currently in front of the commission,” said Todd Snitchler, Vice President of Market Development. “We applaud Commissioners Chatterjee, McNamee, and LaFleur on their work to come to this critical agreement to ensure that the success of the U.S. energy revolution is shared both here and abroad.

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Supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating federal officials increase leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf (Press Release, March 12 2019)

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“As federal officials develop the new offshore leasing program, they should consider the great opportunity at hand to support programs like these, both at the state and the federal level. [...] There is no doubt that a robust offshore blueprint for the future would benefit Florida and help to fulfill national goals for existing domestic energy and economic needs and opportunities.”  API recently released studies showing that increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) could generate billions in industry spending and federal revenue streams that could be shared with Florida and numerous states along America’s coasts.

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Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Actively opposing Senate Bill S.1094, which extends electric vehicle tax credits (Press Release, April 10 2019)

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Today, the American Petroleum Institute voiced strong opposition to Senate Bill S.1094, which would extend the electric vehicle tax credit, costing American consumers more than $11 billion dollars. “This legislation would extend an electric vehicle tax credit which is a subsidy for the rich at the expense of everyone else,” said Frank Macchiarola, API Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations [...] In fact, the top 20 percent of earners receive 90 percent of all of these tax credits. We oppose S.1094 and urge others to do the same.”

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Supporting transition of the energy mix

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Advocating against House Bill 6, which subsidises two coal plants. Evidence does suggest API support the use of gas in the energy mix instead. (Press Release, May 29th 2019)

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API Ohio released a statement reacting to today’s vote by the Ohio House of Representatives to approve House Bill 6 (HB 6). “Ohio consumers will pay the price for today’s vote in the Ohio House. This vote essentially bails out the profitable Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, and subsidizes two coal plants - including one in Indiana.  At the same time, this bill disadvantages natural gas and other power generators that have delivered savings and cleaner air to Ohio over the last decade.  Ultimately, this legislation hurts the Ohio consumer,” said Chris Zeigler, executive director of API Ohio. “We urge the Senate to protect Ohio taxpayers and reject this legislative bailout.”

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Mixed support for transition of the energy mix

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API opposes coal subsidies in Ohio, however, this opposition appears to be based on API support for gas in the energy mix (Press release, July 23rd 2019)

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API Ohio released a statement today expressing their disappointment in Ohio lawmakers for passing the nuclear bailout bill. “API is disappointed in the legislature for passing this corporate bailout for nuclear and coal-burning power plants, putting the financial burden on Ohio taxpayers and disadvantaging other electricity generation sources, particularly affordable natural gas—which has delivered both savings and cleaner air to Ohioans over the last decade,” said API Ohio Executive Director Chris Zeigler.

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Supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing new regulations in Adams County which places stricter regulation on the development of new oil and gas projects.(Press Release, September 3rd 2019)

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Lynn Granger, executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council, provided the following statement in response to the Adams County Board of Commissioners’ adoption of new rules and regulations on the natural gas and oil industry. [...] "We appreciate Adams County’s consideration and removal of some of the more egregious standards that had originally been proposed, and look forward to continuing discussions in the weeks and months ahead. We do, however, have deep concerns with the code as approved today, and believe that many of the provisions contained within these new rules and regulations will significantly hinder future natural gas and oil development within the county. “Senate Bill 181 granted local jurisdictions authority to regulate natural gas and oil development to an extent that is necessary and reasonable. Regrettably, many of the regulations of the code as adopted by Adams County today extend far beyond those which are necessary or reasonable. One of our primary concerns with Adams County’s new code is that it would regulate downhole activity, which is explicitly beyond the scope of the newly-minted state law. We similarly have significant concerns with the county’s proposed air emission standards, as they are already quite robust at the state level and fail to acknowledge the proactive steps that industry and state government continue to take on that front. “More broadly, we oppose a number of the provisions which leave significant room for misinterpretation. As drafted, a number of the provisions leave more questions than answers, which in turn provides a great deal of uncertainty for operators in the county. These provisions are complex and worthy of much deeper analysis and stakeholder input.

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Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Supporting development of oil infrastructure (Press release, Sept 17 2019)

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Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a statement regarding the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to move forward and address the Line 3 Replacement Project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). “API commends that the MPUC will now be able to move forward with the Line 3 Replacement Project’s EIS, providing guidance on the remaining process and timeline to complete the project, which is the most studied pipeline project in state history – having undergone four years and thousands of hours of environmental review,” said Erin Roth, executive director of API Minnesota. “Line 3 helps to provide the reliable and affordable energy Minnesotans use every day and it’s time to move the replacement project and the $2.9 billion investment in Minnesota forward and update our state’s energy infrastructure.”

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Strongly supporting high GHG energy mix

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Advocating against a ban on fracking, arguing it would threaten America's security (Press release, November 20 2019)

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“U.S. leaders should empower U.S. energy leadership, but restrictive energy policies like a ban on fracking would threaten America's energy security, surrender control of America’s energy future, and retreat from America's energy leadership,” API Director of Communications Ben Marter said. [...] [Video] [...] There is not security for the UNited States in further dependence on foreign oil [...] A BAN ON FRACKING WILL ERASE A GENERATION OF AMERICAN PROGRESS. SUPPORT AMERICA'S ENERGY SECURITY OPPOSE A FRACKING BAN

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Strongly supporting high GHG energy mix

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Advocating for policies which promote oil and gas as well as arguing against a move away from oil and gas more generally (News release, Jan 2020)

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“The risks of climate change are real and so the solutions must be real as well. Policy proposals that hide the key role of natural gas and oil in powering America towards a brighter, cleaner energy future are more focused on powering applause lines than power lines, and can delay progress towards finding real policy solutions,” API’s Director of Communications Ben Marter said. […] Myth: Plans that mandate a transition to renewable energy will create jobs that pay as well as the union jobs that will be lost. Facts: Bloomberg Law reports that a “shift to renewable energy is a move away from an industry with union jobs.” (Bloomberg Law, 2/21/19) […] Myth: A ban on U.S. natural gas and oil exports will help reduce CO2 emissions Facts: A ban on U.S. oil exports would shift oil production away from the U.S. and towards many countries that have less stringent environmental regulations. And with natural gas playing a key role in displacing coal power—which emits almost twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas—a ban on U.S. natural gas exports could actually increase the growth of coal-generated power worldwide and lead to a rise in global CO2 emissions. […] Myth: Iowa would benefit from policies limiting natural gas and oil Facts: Having access to affordable natural gas and petroleum products is vital for Iowa’s agricultural industry.

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Supporting high GHG energy mix

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3 tweets between 28th March and 4th April 2020 supporting the development of Keystone Pipeline, which will increase the production of unconventional oil (Twitter, 28th March - 4th April 2020)

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[…] The announced start of construction of the #KeystoneXL_pipeline is good news for the U.S. and U.S. energy: jobs, economic stimulus and increased energy security […] 

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Mixed support for transition of the energy mix

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Supporting coal to gas switching, however, unclear if supporting long-term role for gas (Twitter, 9th March 2020)

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"Natural gas continues to be the best source of clean energy to replace coal in power generation around the world and it is an indispensable partner to the growth of renewables." https://bit.ly/38sezU8

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Strongly supporting high GHG energy mix

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Opposing a proposed ban on oil exports, therefore suggests API supports the continued production of oil (Twitter, March 2020)

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.@paulbledsoe, former Clinton White House climate adviser and lecturer at American University's Center for Environmental Policy: "Cutting off our exports will only help our enemies. It's a typical symbolic, do-gooder attempt that actually does harm."

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Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Between the 24th Feb 2020 and 1st March 2020, API had 27 tweets opposing a ban on fracking and 2 supporting fracking (Twitter, 24th Feb - 1st March 2020)

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Please follow link to see tweets

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Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 20th 2020)

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A fracking ban would leave working families behind, cost millions of jobs, and deliver a major win to countries like Russia. Presidential candidates who stand with American workers must stand against a ban on fracking. #DemDebate https://youtu.be/An8ez-qlmXE

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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A ban on fracking would erase the benefits of America’s fracking revolution - more American jobs, affordable energy, & greater investment in U.S. manufacturing - while doing “little to change the actual U.S. consumption of oil,” via @karlbykarlsmith

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Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Evidence suggests not supporting divestment from oil and gas: stressing economic cost (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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CNBC host warns that divestment will raise the cost of oil and gas, “which means for the lowest-income people in this country, it’s less affordable. That’s a big problem.”

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Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting transitioning the energy mix; stressing moving towards renewables would reduce job security and hurt workers (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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Will plans requiring a transition to renewables create more union jobs? As Bloomberg Law reports, a “shift to renewable energy is a move away from an industry with union jobs.” Click here to get the facts. #DemDebate

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Evidence suggests supporting continued unabated burning of oil and gas (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM): “I know that if we were to shut down oil and gas drilling in New Mexico today, we’d have to shut down our schools tomorrow, statewide.” #DemDebate

Created: 12/02/2020 Last edited: 19/06/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing a potential ban on fracking and supporting further development on onshore and offshore oil and gas ('US Energy - For progress in 2020 and beyond)', blog, Jan 2020)

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In 2020, the State of American Energy is defined by American energy leadership as the world’s No. 1 producer of natural gas and oil – for the economy and individual lives, reducing carbon emissions and continued improvement in our industry’s environmental performance. Sustaining this leadership means policies and leadership from elected officials that support safe and responsible development, onshore and offshore. It means investments in additional energy infrastructure so that increasing numbers of Americans may benefit from domestic production. Most importantly, it means rejecting proposals that would throw away hard-earned progress by banning fracking – the safe, modern technology most responsible for the U.S. energy revolution. Americans have waited too long and come too far to be asked to turn away from economic growth and environmental progress.

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Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing a potential fracking ban ('Pushing back against the 'American Recession Platform', blog, Jan 2020)

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API’s new State of American Energy report illustrates how abundant U.S. natural gas and oil is empowering economic growth and opportunity across the country – and the potential harm to these benefits if fracking is banned, as some presidential candidates have promised to do. […] In the U.S., 95% of new wells today are hydraulically fractured, so a fracking ban would cease substantially all drilling as it is performed today. It would destroy the root of the American natural gas and oil industry, which supports about 11 million U.S. jobs through direct, indirect and induced employment, and has provided the world with nearly all of the incremental oil supplies for the past couple of years. […] Endorsing a fracking ban is therefore tantamount to a platform advocating for an American recession with worldwide repercussions. That’s a losing proposition of global proportions.

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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The API is advocating for the EU to support a long term role for natural gas in the energy mix. (API-IOGP Joint Policy Recommendations, May 2019)

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The European Commission should send consistent signals expressing confidence in the medium and long-term role of natural gas (including its decarbonized form) in the EU energy mix. […] Natural gas investments are more likely to happen if the policy framework for natural gas is positive. The role of natural gas as a flexible source of energy that can meet demand when required should be better recognized by EU policymakers: significantly improving air quality, replacing coal to reduce power generation emissions today, and using hydrogen from natural gas with CCUS for further emission reductions tomorrow. […] Support LNG in transport  • Encourage public entities and businesses to use LNG and CNG in road and maritime transport to improve air quality, as well as actively support LNG as a bunkering fuel in European ports.  • The transport sector is the second biggest contributor to CO₂ emissions in the EU3 - natural gas could significantly contribute to EU’s efforts in enabling cleaner transport. Gas can also help the shipping industry meet more stringent emissions targets. 

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Opposing measures to transition energy mix

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Opposing measures proposed by New York Governer Cuomo towards phasing out fossil fuels from energy mi (API Press Release, August 2018)

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API New York released the following statement after Competitive Power Ventures filed suit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation challenging the agency’s actions last week which denied the renewal of the air quality permit needed for the operation of the company’s natural gas power plant in Wawayanda, New York. [...] Gov. Cuomo’s actions to arbitrarily block this project is just the latest in his attacks on every New Yorker who would stand to benefit from increased supplies of clean natural gas to the region. Further these attacks disproportionately hurt low-income and elderly residents who rely upon affordable electricity to heat, cool, and power their homes. Right now, Gov. Cuomo has a choice. He can stand up for New York’s most vulnerable and allow them to have access to affordable electricity or he can continue to pursue extreme policies designed to curry favor with activists.”

Created: 16/01/2019 Last edited: 16/01/2019

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Strongly supporting increased oil and gas infrastructure in New England (API, Press Release, January 2018)

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A new ISO New England study finds that there is over an 80 percent chance that some or all of New England faces rolling blackouts in the near future based on multiple modeling scenarios. New England Petroleum Council Executive Director Steve Dodge said the findings from the new report are troubling news for New England families. "New England families deserve better,” said Dodge. “Forced, rolling blackouts because of inadequate and unreliable power supplies are something you associate with a Third World country – not modern day New England. It would wreak havoc on the economy and New Englanders' lives. “New England needs to start moving ahead, now, with sensible, long-overdue expansions of natural gas pipeline capacity to connect our region with affordable, abundant supplies of U.S. produced fuel and prevent the needless catastrophe of forced, rolling wintertime blackouts. “This report also further demonstrates the problems created by New York’s shortsighted efforts to block critical pipeline infrastructure that would give New Englanders access to safe, clean and affordable natural gas.”

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Mixed position on energy transition

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Supporting increased use of natural gas, but unclear if supporting use as transition fuel (API, Press Release, Febuary 2018)

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API released the following statement highlighting the positive impacts that natural gas brings to power generation and corrected the record following testimony by nuclear energy advocates at today’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing. “Our nation’s electric grid is as reliable as it has ever been as data during the recent cold snap indicates,” said API Market Development Group Director Todd Snitchler. “Creating false narratives about unfounded reliability concerns and advocating for subsidies that benefit one fuel type over another only hurt efforts to improve the reliability and resilience of the electric grid. “Further, competitive electricity markets are best suited to determine how to value individual fuel sources and their reliability characteristics and natural gas earned its share of the market. Bailing out and subsidizing one fuel type to the detriment of another is bad policy and even worse for consumers. Even NextEra Energy, a utility with multiple nuclear plants in its fleet, has recently stated that subsidies for nuclear power would distort the energy markets. “Natural gas is critical to the reliability of our nation’s electric power system. This affordable and abundant resource provides the flexibility needed to meet the ever-changing demands put on our power system and to incorporate increased amounts of renewable sources of power generation. As the resilience discussion continues, we look forward actively participating in the conversation to ensure that consumers across the country can keep receiving the benefits of clean, reliable, affordable, natural gas.”

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Promoting reports advocating for increased exploitation of offshore oil and gas reserves  (Press Release, March 2018)

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According to new economic studies released today, opening the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to offshore oil and natural gas development would be an economic catalyst – promoting U.S. jobs, investments, and increased tax revenue - for states across the country. “The oil and natural gas industry is a major contributor to the American economy and helps meet America’s constantly increasing energy needs. We support more than 10.3 million U.S. jobs and contribute $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy - benefits that are felt across the country,” said API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito. “With more than 94 percent of the total acreage in federal offshore waters currently inaccessible, opening the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to safe and responsible offshore energy development could further advance our energy renaissance – including more higher-paying jobs, investments in local communities, additional state revenue for public education and infrastructure, and long-term energy self-sufficiency,” said Milito.

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Mixed position on energy transition

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Opposing coal and also nuclear subsidies, supporting increased use of gas in energy mix   (API, Press Release, June 2018)

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A diverse group of energy industry associations including energy efficiency and storage, natural gas, oil, solar and wind issued the following statement condemning the Administration’s draft plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants across the country. Todd Snitchler, American Petroleum Institute Market Development Group Director (API): “The Administration’s draft plan to provide government assistance to those coal and nuclear power plants that are struggling to be profitable under the guise of national security would be unprecedented and misguided. The natural gas and oil industry is committed to strengthening national security and is playing a leading role in reducing our decades long dependence on foreign energy. As the world’s largest producer and refiner of oil and natural gas, which today is the number one source of U.S. electricity, our nation is on track to achieve the President’s vision for energy dominance. However, unprecedented government intervention in the energy markets to support high cost generation will put achieving that vision in jeopardy and hurt customers by taking more money out of their pockets rather than letting people keep more of what they earn – a key priority of this administration. Cleaner and abundant US natural gas and the infrastructure that supports it is powering one in three homes and businesses today and serving as a critical partner in renewable generation. As an industry we stand ready to do our part to protect our nation’s energy and national security.”

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Mixed position on energy transition

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Supporting increased use of natural gas, but unclear if supporting use as transition fuel (Press Release, July 2018)

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API Market Development Group Director Todd Snitchler joined The Hill TV’s Molly Hooper to discuss how clean, affordable, reliable natural gas has transformed our nation’s energy landscape and delivered great benefits to American consumers and the environmenNatural gas has changed the energy equation in a number of ways. With natural gas, customers are saving a lot of money in that they are getting their power and their home heating fuel at a much lower cost. Studies have shown that the average household has saved about $655 a year as a result of the greater utilization of natural gas which is an immediate benefit to people’s pocketbooks.” “On average about 35-40 percent of electricity comes from natural gas depending on the region of the country and that has increased pretty dramatically over the last 10-15 years. You’ve seen a reduction in the amount of coal and an increase in the amount of renewables and natural gas that has balanced out our fuel diversity across the country.”

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively campaining for measure to increase the production of fossil fuels, campaigining for increased offshore oil and gas exploration in Florida (API, Press Release, August 2018)

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Today, Explore Offshore national co-chair Jim Nicholson, who served as Secretary of Veterans Affairs during the George W. Bush Administration, and state co-chairs, Dr. Miriam Ramirez and Former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, held the first event in Florida of Explore Offshore, a bipartisan national coalition to promote responsible access to domestic offshore natural gas and oil resources to help supply reliable, affordable energy for all Floridians. Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson, Explore Offshore Co-Chairman: “Our American way of life and the freedoms we enjoy are undoubtedly linked to access to affordable, reliable energy. At the same time, 94% of America’s offshore energy resources are completely off-limits to natural gas and oil development, disallowing hundreds of thousands of American jobs and abundant domestic energy supply, and keeping us reliant on foreign sources. [...] Explore Offshore, a project of the American Petroleum Institute, is a bipartisan coalition dedicated to safe and environmentally responsible access to America’s offshore energy resources to help supply affordable energy for consumers, small businesses, and manufacturers.

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting defeat of regulation to limit fossil fuel production in Colorado (API, Press Release, Novermber 2018)

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The Colorado Petroleum Council tonight expressed gratitude to voters across the state for voting to defeat Proposition 112, the natural gas and oil setbacks measure which would have effectively banned new production in Colorado, costing nearly 150,000 jobs and billions of dollars in public revenue. “This is a great night for our state,” said Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley. “Colorado plays a leading role in America’s energy revolution, and our state has spoken loud and clear that we recognize the importance of the industry to the state’s economic well-being.

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively supporting legislative measures to  increase development and exploitation of US offshore oil reserves in the US (API, Press Release, November 2018)

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– Explore Offshore, a bipartisan, national coalition to promote expanded access to offshore oil and natural gas resources, held a briefing on Capitol Hill this week (November 28, 2018) to discuss the importance of expanded offshore access and recently released studies affirming the economic boost outer continental shelf (OCS) leasing could give to coastal states – in the form of cumulative tax revenues over a 20-year forecast period. [...] The new reports titled, “The Economic Impacts of Allowing Access to the Atlantic OCS and Eastern Gulf of Mexico for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Development” project state, local and federal tax receipts. They were prepared for API by CALASH and estimate that offshore-related activities could generate additional non-bonus and royalty revenue such as personal and corporate income tax, property tax and sales taxes. By the numbers:

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting greater exploration of oil and gas in the US (API, Press Release, January 2018)

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API welcomed the Interior Department’s new proposal for a five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan to allow greater access to energy resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, putting the U.S. on the right track towards increased energy production, economic growth, and job creation. “This new offshore leasing plan is an important step towards harnessing our nation’s energy potential for the benefit of American energy consumers,” said API Upstream Director Erik Milito. “The ability to safely and responsibly access and explore our resources in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is a critical part of advancing the long-term energy security of the U.S.  It will also encourage economic growth, spur manufacturing and investment, create thousands of additional U.S. jobs, and strengthen our national security.

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Evidennce sugests supporting the permanent (as opposed to transitional) role of natural gas in the energy mix (API press release, October 2017)

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PI Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Marty Durbin highlighted the reliability and resilience of natural gas power generation today before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy’s hearing to examine reliability in a transforming electricity industry. “The increased use of natural gas in electric power generation has not only enhanced the reliability of the overall system, but it has also provided significant environmental and consumer benefits. The abundance, affordability, low-emissions profile and flexibility of natural gas and natural gas-fired generating units make natural gas a fuel of choice. There is no question, however, that the bulk power system will continue to rely on multiple fuels, including natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydro, wind and solar, as projected by the Energy Information Administration. [...] “That said, in every meaningful way, the inherent attributes of natural gas-fueled generation, including dispatchability, security of fuel supply, start times, frequency response, ramp rates and minimum load level, to name a few, make the electric grid more reliable and resilient.  We believe policy focused on ensuring the reliability and resilience of the nation’s electrical grid should also ensure that is accomplished at a reasonable cost, which reason and research tell us can be best achieved by allowing markets to play the dominant role in determining the fuel mix of the generation portfolio. “Market forces and public policy, are driving the ongoing shift in our nation’s power generation mix. Natural gas generation is an important and growing part of that mix.

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively supporting policy that will promote increased oil development, including  in the Arctic (API press release, August 2017)

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API today urged the administration to expand the next five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing program to include areas of the Outer Continental Shelf, including the Atlantic, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic, with potential for new domestic energy resources, job creation, increased government revenue, and strengthened national security.

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Promoting increased use of fossil fuels in energy mix (API, Press rlease, August 2017)

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“API welcomes the opportunity to review this report from the Department of Energy that focuses on promoting reliability and resiliency in the electric system,” said API Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Marty Durbin. “Clean and abundant natural gas, which today produces more electricity in the United States than any other fuel, is a reliable and resilient energy resource that generates the power needed by millions of homes and businesses across the country. In fact, increased-use of this affordable resource gives our electric system the flexibility needed to meet constantly, and often rapidly, changing electricity demands.

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Calling for repeal of US energy decision to limit oil and gas production (API, Director upstream and industry operations, Erik Milito, Press Release, December 2016)

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The administration’s decision to remove key Arctic and Atlantic offshore areas from future leasing consideration ignores congressional intent, our national security, and vital, good-paying job opportunities for our shipyards, unions, and businesses of all types across the country, according to API Upstream Director Erik Milito. [...] “Our national security depends on our ability to produce oil and natural gas here in the United States,” said Milito. “This proposal would take us in the wrong direction just as we have become world leader in production and refining of oil and natural gas and in reduction of carbon emissions. Blocking offshore exploration weakens our national security, destroys good-paying jobs, and could make energy less affordable for consumers. Fortunately, there is no such thing as a permanent ban, and we look forward to working with the new administration on fulfilling the will of American voters on energy production.”

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Evidence from a series of tweets suggests supporting unconventional gas production, i.e. fracking; suggests transitioning the energy mix is economically unaffordable (Twitter, June 2020)

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Any energy proposal that undermines natural gas & oil to tilt the market in favor of renewables would jeopardize union jobs, & the livelihoods of Pennsylvania workers.As Bloomberg Law reports, a “shift to renewable energy is a move away from an industry with union jobs.” 3/7 [...] America doesn’t have to sacrifice good paying, union jobs in Pennsylvania to reduce emissions though. As Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) noted, “The false choice is that you have to choose fracking over good climate policy.” (5/7)

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Generally supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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SUpporting development of Line 5 pipeline (Twitter, 12th June 2020)

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The #Line5 tunnel will serve as a "vital source of natural gas and propane for heating homes in the Upper Peninsula and the rest of Michigan."

Created: 15/06/2020 Last edited: 15/06/2020

 

Supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating for a shorter permit processes to faciliate the development of natural gas infrastructure (Twitter, May 2020)

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"[T]he long-term outlook for natural gas remains bright... By streamlining and shortening the permitting processes for [new infrastructure projects], we can help the U.S. become a dominant player in the global gas market."

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Unclear position on transition of energy mix

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Appear to be supporting a signficant role for natural gas in energy mix, however, ultimately unclear as to what type of energy mix API is promoting (Twitter, 29th April, 2020)

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"We should make sure to embrace natural gas and renewables as highly complementary, and celebrate these two necessary energy solutions that will help us meet the goals of cutting emissions while ensuring reliable and affordable..." energy for consumers.

Created: 04/05/2020 Last edited: 15/05/2020

 

Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Generally supporting high GHG emisisons energy mix through oil and gas (twitter, April 13, 2020)

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"The global economy will recover, as will the demand for oil and gas. That’s why it’s important to take steps today to retain America’s No. 1 position in the future [by using this time to improve the infrastructure]."

Created: 23/04/2020 Last edited: 23/04/2020

 

Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Advocating development of gas infrastructure (Press Release Feb 12 2019)

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API-Minnesota reacted to today’s decision by Governor Walz to continue pursuing a court appeal that would block Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project across northern Minnesota. “Line 3 delivers affordable and reliable energy to Minnesotans every day – and as the most studied pipeline in Minnesota history, going through an unprecedented four years of environmental review which it has passed with flying colors, there should be no doubt that Line 3 can co-exist with the surrounding environment and communities,” said Erin Roth, executive director of API-Minnesota. “Governor Walz’s decision goes against all of the decisions to date made by the Public Utility Commission and even the Obama Administration – both of whom recognized the critical need this project meets for Minnesotans and expressed their support for Line 3 replacement. We continue to urge the Walz Administration to support the Line 3 replacement project for the benefit of the surrounding communities and environment.”

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Strongly supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Applauding legislation which criminalizes pipeline protests (Press Release March 16 2019)

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ST.PAUL, March 15, 2019 — Today, API’s Minnesota Petroleum Council Director Erin Roth released the following statement applauding the passage of SF 2011, an important bill focused on protecting critical energy infrastructure in Minnesota following the recent attempts of sabotage on Line 3.

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG energy mix

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Opposing Senate Bill 181 in Colorado, which grants local authorities the authority to regulate the siting of oil and gas locations, impose fines/fees and inspect oil and gas facilities. While the policy itself is not overtly concerned with transitioning the energy mix, API's strong opposition to it is a result of the policies ability to transition the energy mix away from oil and gas (March 6 2019)

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Tonight, the Colorado State Senate Transportation & Energy Committee passed SB19-181 on a party-line vote. The bill would at the very least hinder, if not prohibit energy development in Colorado, directly threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars of state revenue, and hundreds of millions in education funding. Further, the Democratic Senate and House leadership seems intent on pushing this misinformed bill forward, despite it being fraught with unintended consequences. “Not only is this bad policy and a gross overreach by bill sponsors in every aspect, but the process by which this bill has been shoved through the legislature signals to Colorado that this leadership has little regard for those impacted by their bad policy. [...] “SB19-181 contains the most overreaching provisions of any energy proposal we have ever reviewed, and all but guarantees that industry will be forbidden from operating in certain jurisdictions.” [...] The most problematic portion of the 27-page bill is the language that calls for a halt to all permitting of existing and new applications until every rulemaking outlined in this bill has been completed and each rule is in effect. The bill requires a minimum of six rulemakings, which could drain resources and take multiple years to conduct and implement. At a minimum, this could result in a multi-year ban on oil and gas development in the state.

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Applauding bill that criminalizes pipeline protests (Press release, May 7 2019)

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The Indiana Petroleum Council released the following statement regarding the critical infrastructure protection bill that Governor Holcomb signed into law today. “We applaud the Holcomb Administration as well as Indiana Legislators for their commitment to protect our state’s critical infrastructure, including 911 service, electric transmission lines, steel manufacturing and oil and natural gas infrastructure. Pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure are instrumental in delivering clean, affordable and reliable energy to Indiana’s working families, as well as the petrochemical feedstocks that create jobs in Indiana and enable modern life – feedstocks that are used in manufacturing pharmaceuticals, hospital equipment, and even computers. The bill signed into law today provides a mechanism to deter those who would hope to interrupt our state’s flow of energy and create a potential safety risk to communities, first responders, and the environment,” said Indiana Petroleum Council Executive Director, Maureen Ferguson.

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Supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating against proposal that ban offshore oil and gas projects (Press release, June 2019)

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Today, API released the following statement as a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation to guarantee $900 million in annual funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund[...] As lawmakers consider the legislative options for the Land and Water Conservation Fund—arguably the most significant conservation program in the U.S.—it’s important to remember that offshore oil and natural gas production is the primary source of revenue for it,” said API Vice President of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito. “However, offshore oil and natural gas revenues flow directly from production, and future production depends upon expanded opportunities for offshore leasing and revenue sharing. Proposals that seek to ban offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development directly attack the primary funding source of future LWCF funding and would serve to increase our reliance on foreign energy sources.

Created: 09/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG energy mix

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Promoting role of oil and gas in energy mix through suggesting transitioning the energy mix is unaffordable and uneconomical. Additionally does not support electric vehicle tax credits (Press release, July 30th 2019)

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Promises of an imminent energy landscape powered entirely by alternative fuels might make for an applause line, but it’s not likely to make for plausible policy.Restrictive energy policies that prohibit natural gas and oil would freeze America's energy revolution in its tracks even as the United States leads the world in the reduction of CO2 emissions and production of oil and natural gas.The average American household could see its costs jump hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars due to increased costs for transportation fuel, electricity, home heating, and other goods and services [...] The Green New Deal is laudable in its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, but the sweeping policy would uproot America’s energy renaissance, even as everyday Americans continue to benefit from it, in favor of an ambiguous energy model reliant on technology not yet realized.In comparison to the Green New Deal’s ambiguity, natural gas and oil currently powers the modern U.S. economy, supports 10.3 million jobs and creates opportunity for social mobility and economic prosperity, all while recently helping to drive CO2 emissions to the lowest levels in a generation. [...] The problems with calling for a halt to drilling on federal lands: [...] Prohibiting further investment to unlock the vast energy resources buried under federal lands will block job opportunities and a source of tax revenue, while increasing the need for energy imports that may be produced in a less environmentally conscientious manner. [...]] The electric vehicle tax credit benefits the wealthy: Two-thirds of households that buy electric vehicles (EVs) have an annual income in excess of $100,000, nearly twice the national average.A recent study found that “70 percent of the [federal electric vehicle tax] credits were obtained by households that would have bought an EV without the credits.”Electric vehicles, along with every other innovation, are welcome, but Americans have already shelled out $2.2 billion in federal tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles, which—according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration—has overwhelming benefitted upper-income households [...] Greater federal investment in clean-energy research would be a positive development so long as the government funding isn’t used to pick predetermined winners and losers.

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Supporting high GHG energy mix

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Opposing policy that limits oil and gas development (Press Release, September 11 2019)

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Today the House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation (H.R. 1941 and H.R. 205) [...] “Bad policy that closes the door on this critical energy development hurts local economies, America’s energy and national security, and takes America a step in the wrong direction,” said API’s Vice President of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito. “Banning offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development directly limits the primary funding source of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and increases our reliance on foreign energy sources. “The U.S. Outer Continental Shelf is estimated to contain vast undiscovered oil and natural gas resources. Today’s vote for legislation that could cripple future U.S. offshore energy development needs to be seen for the longer-term damage it could do to America’s conservation efforts, strategic energy development and national security.”

Created: 08/04/2020 Last edited: 09/04/2020

 

Supporting a high GHG emissions energy mix

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Strongly supporting the role of natural gas in Ohio's energy mix and not supporting bans on fracking or natural gas exports (News Release, October 2019)

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Tonight, candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are debating in Ohio, but many support policies that would undermine the very state hosting their debate. Almost all of the state's natural gas production comes from Utica gas wells, but several candidates are threatening to suppress Ohio’s energy revolution with bans on fracking and natural gas exports. Whether it’s the Ohio manufacturers whose facilities run on clean natural gas, the farmers who rely on motor fuels to put food on America’s tables, or the almost seven out of ten Ohioans that use clean natural gas to heat their homes during the winter, the natural gas and oil industry is helping to power progress in Ohio.

Created: 08/04/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Generally supporting high GHG energy mix

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Not supporting Broomfield City Council's moratorium on new natural gas and oil developments (Press Release, December 3 2019)

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The Colorado Petroleum Council released the following statement from Executive Director Lynn Granger in response to the Broomfield City Council’s decision to extend a moratorium on new natural gas and oil development in the city through at least June 4, 2020: “Broomfield City Council’s latest moratorium is deeply disappointing. Senate Bill 181 was signed into law on April 16, yet the Council suggests that it needs six months of ‘additional time to finalize proposed regulations and present for public and City Council input.’ As things stand, we are skeptical that the Council plans to finalize its proposed regulations in any reasonable amount of time, despite Colorado courts repeatedly striking down municipal moratoriums in recent years.[...] “We remain hopeful that Broomfield’s new City Council will engage in serious, good faith discussions about its energy future as soon as possible. We have stood ready to do the same since Senate Bill 181 became law, and we remain committed to doing so tonight and into the foreseeable future.”

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG energy mix

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Heavily opposing a potential ban on fracking, stressing it would be a 'death blow' to the American economy (Press Release, Feb 19th 2020)

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) released a new video ahead of tonight’s Democratic presidential debate that addresses what supporters of a fracking ban won’t – it’s devastating cost to America. [...] [VIDEO:] If we ban fracking we're going to put a million people out of work [...] Millions of jobs lost, ruining small towns across America [...] Higher living costs [...] there has to be a conversation about how dangerous, potentially, that could be for national security [...] This is all very short-sighted. You'r takling about a total lack of understanding [...] That would be a death blow to our economy. Stopthefrackingban.com

Created: 06/04/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Strongly supporting high GHG energy mix

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Opposing use of production quotas which would reduce oil production (Twitter, March 23rd)

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“Cutting back American oil production or imposing tariffs would ultimately hurt U.S. refiners and consumers and cost jobs in places like Texas. Production quotas in Texas would hurt the state’s most efficient producers, raise prices for customers..."

Created: 30/03/2020 Last edited: 30/03/2020

 

Mixed support for transition of the energy mix

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Supporting coal to gas switching, however, unclear if supporting long-term role for gas (Twitter, March 2020)

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"Natural gas continues to be the best source of clean energy to replace coal in power generation around the world and it is an indispensable partner to the growth of renewables." https://bit.ly/38sezU8

Created: 12/03/2020 Last edited: 12/03/2020

 

Strongly supporting high GHG energy mix

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API posted 10 tweets opposing a potential ban on fracking between 2nd March and the 9th March (2-9th March 2020)

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Please see link for tweets

Created: 12/03/2020 Last edited: 12/03/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting ban on fracking; advocating for continued fracking (API study 'America's Progress at risk: An economic analysis of a ban on fracking and federal leasing for Natural Gas and Oil Development', Feb 2020)

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More than 95% of U.S. natural gas and oil wells today are developed using hydraulic fracturing.1 Technologically, fracking is the chief reason the U.S. is the world’s leading natural gas and oil producer.2 […] The U.S. energy revolution, based on this production, is dynamic and game-changing for the U.S. economy and energy security. Yet, banning fracking and halting federal natural gas and oil leasing has been proposed. This API summary of modeling data provided by the consulting firm OnLocation shows the economic impacts that could result from such policies – on the broader economy, national and state employment, and individual households. These include the likelihood of triggering a U.S. economic recession and reversing economic and energy security progress.

Created: 02/03/2020 Last edited: 02/03/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Not supporting a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 21st2020)

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"A nationwide ban is the wrong way to go, as it is indisputable that fracking has been a net positive for America’s energy sector, its customers and for climate change."

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 08/04/2020

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 11th 2020)

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A fracking ban would "wreak economic havoc" and "millions of Americans who are employed directly and indirectly in the enormous shale oil and gas industry would be out of work."

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 02/03/2020

 

Generally supporting high GHG energy mix

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Supporting development of oil infrastructure (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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"[A]llowing Line 3 to proceed is the best way to protect the environment in Minnesota and beyond... The new Line 3 would come equipped with the latest technology for the prevention and early detection of spills."

Created: 28/02/2020 Last edited: 28/02/2020

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing a ban on fracking (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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A fracking ban “could lead to the loss of 7.3 million jobs by 2022, an increase in U.S. household energy costs of $900 billion through 2030 and $7.1 trillion in potential losses for the U.S. economy by 2030” #DemDebate

Created: 12/02/2020 Last edited: 12/02/2020

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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evidence suggests opposing a fracking ban (Twitter, Feb 2020)

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A fracking ban “would wreak economic havoc” & “shift the source of oil and gas production to other nations, notably those within OPEC and Russia” #DemDebate

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing a potential ban on fracking and horizontal drilling as well as opposing policy which would restrict oil and gas production. In its place, API is suggesting continued oil and gas production using CCS, however, CCS has yet to proven viable at a large industrial scale. ('State of American Energy 2020', blog, Jan 2020)

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Still, there are those intent on halting U.S. energy development – offering unrealistic policy proposals that promise to ban state-of-the-art techniques, like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, or permanently restrict natural gas and oil production on federal lands. These agenda-driven positions all but assure a retreat from our decades-long advance toward energy security and economic prosperity. Sommers explained:“At the extreme, we hear promises on the 2020 campaign trail to ban fracking, nationwide and forever. Here’s a glimpse at that vision: Millions of jobs lost, a spike in household energy costs, a manufacturing downturn and less energy security. In the short run, a fracking ban in America would quickly invite a global recession. You don’t abolish the most dynamic asset of the world’s leading energy supplier without severe consequences.”But the lawmakers and presidential contenders presenting these positions on fracking, energy infrastructure, and federal and offshore leases offer false choices when comprehensive and common-sense solutions are within reach. Simply put, the U.S. doesn’t have choose between energy abundance and environmental progress. By advocating for smart policies that advance industry-led innovations, we can continue to expand the economy, supply affordable natural gas and oil to consumers and drive down emissions of carbon dioxide. Sommers noted:“Bold and achievable action on climate change at the global level is essential, and America’s natural gas and oil industry is committed to innovation and leadership to make these ambitions more than just hopes and dreams. We support legislation to encourage wider use of carbon-capture, utilization, and storage technology—a breakthrough based on American ingenuity.”

Created: 28/01/2020 Last edited: 28/01/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting increased oil and gas infrastructure development ('Affordable natural gas & U.S. Emissions reductions', blog, Jan 2020)

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To serve this growing demand for both LNG exports and U.S. natural gas-fired power generation, energy producers rely on pipeline infrastructure connecting supply regions, like the Permian and Appalachian Basins, with export facilities and power plants. Over the past five years, liquids pipeline mileage increased nearly 12% to accommodate increased domestic energy production, and ongoing infrastructure expansion will ensure that our abundant resources reach American households, businesses and trading partners.

Created: 28/01/2020 Last edited: 28/01/2020

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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The API is advocating for policies that will promote increased gas infrastructure. (API-IOGP Joint Policy Recommendations, May 2019)

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Detailed Recommendations for the U.S.: […] Highlight existing U.S. industry standards and promote streamlined regulatory processes to ensure the U.S. can build critical energy infrastructure in a timely and efficient manner. The U.S. oil and gas industry has developed some of the strictest operational standards in the world, covering the full range of the energy value chain. Executive branch agencies should continue to work with the industry to ensure much needed infrastructure projects can be permitted and constructed on a sensible timeline while still emphasizing safety and operational performance. […] By facilitating the greater buildout of domestic pipeline infrastructure, natural gas from the U.S. can be delivered to demand centers more efficiently and at a lower cost, while also reducing volatility. This in turn will encourage greater flows of U.S. gas to other markets, including LNG to the EU. 

Created: 10/05/2019 Last edited: 10/05/2019

 

Opposing measures to transition energy mix

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Opposing measures proposed by New York Governer Cuomo towards phasing out fossil fuels from energy mix (API, Press Release, August 2018)

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API New York released the following statement after Competitive Power Ventures scored a key victory against Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s actions to deny the renewal of the air quality permit needed for the operation of the company’s natural gas power plant in Wawayanda, New York. “Today, New York consumers – including low-income families and seniors are a step closer to overcoming Gov. Cuomo’s misguided energy policies,” said API New York Executive Director Karen Moreau. “The Competitive Power Ventures power plant will deliver much needed supplies of additional affordable electricity to New York powered by clean natural gas. Further, increased supplies of affordable energy in the region will benefit New York’s most vulnerable who have been hurt by Gov. Cuomo’s anti-energy policies aimed at pleasing out-of-touch activists. There’s no doubt that today’s court order is a step in the right direction for consumers and affordable electricity in New York.”

Created: 16/01/2019 Last edited: 16/01/2019

 

Mixed position on energy transition

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Opposing nuclear subsidies, supporting increased use of gas in energy mix   (API, Press Release, January 2018)

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Following proponent testimony offered today in the Senate Public Utilities Committee hearing on bailout legislation for nuclear plants, API Ohio called on FirstEnergy and its supporters to stop promoting a bailout of uncompetitive nuclear power plants by misleading Ohioans about the benefits that natural gas brings to consumers. “Enough is enough,” said API Ohio Executive Director Chris Zeigler. “FirstEnergy is spreading misleading information to Ohioans about the benefits of natural gas in order to distract from the fact that they want Ohio families to bail out their corporation for bad business decisions. Hardworking Ohioans shouldn’t have to foot the bill for corporate failures and voters across the state reject the misguided, half-baked legislative efforts to bail out FirstEnergy. “Natural gas is a clean, abundant, reliable, and affordable energy resource that has earned its share of the competitive energy markets – making our electricity generation portfolio as diverse as it’s ever been.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing legislation to limit oil and gas production in Colorado (API, Press Release, Febuary 2018)

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Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley criticized the Colorado House of Representatives approval of legislation by a vote of 34-30 that could slow or even halt energy development in Colorado and decrease revenue to the state. “Today’s action is an attempt to sidestep the legal process and ban safe and responsible energy production in Colorado. Altering the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s mission for the bidding of keep-it-in-the-ground activists from out-of-state could cost the state tens of millions of dollars in lost tax and royalty revenues as well as slow economic activity generated by the over 300 companies and hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Mixed position on energy transition

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Supporting increased hydropower in New England energy mix, whilst also promoting fossil fuels such as LNG for the future (Press Release, March 2018)

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The New England Petroleum Council welcomed today’s announcement that the region will have access to increased supplies of hydropower through the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project in Maine. “Today’s announcement is great news for consumers across New England,” said New England Petroleum Council Executive Director Stephen Dodge. “Increasing New England’s supplies of electricity will benefit consumers with affordable energy and increase the reliability, diversity, and security of our region’s electric grid. “While today’s announcement is a step in the right direction, New England shouldn’t be forced to import its electricity from Canada because we can’t get additional natural gas pipelines in the region. Moving forward, there’s no doubt that we need to embrace all forms of energy including renewables, hydropower and clean natural gas – whether it be importing LNG or increasing access to affordable natural gas supplies located just a few hundred miles away in Pennsylvania.”

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Has launched campaign in US costal states to lobby for increased exploitation of offshore oil and gas reserves (API, Press Release, June 2018)

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API today announced the launch of “Explore Offshore”, a new coalition of more than 100 community organizations, associations, businesses and local leaders in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida who support increased access to offshore U.S. oil and natural gas resources.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Mixed position on energy transition

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Opposing coal and also nuclear subsidies, supporting increased use of gas in energy mix (Press Release, July 2018)

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Today, API along with Advanced Energy Economy, the American Wind Energy Association, the Electricity Consumers Resource Council, the Electric Power Supply Association, and the Natural Gas Supply Association released a new study to estimate the cost of the Trump Administration’s proposed plan to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants across the country. The study was commissioned by the trade associations listed above and completed by The Brattle Group [...] Todd Snitchler, American Petroleum Institute Market Development Group Director (API): “Today’s report shows that bailing out uneconomical coal and nuclear plants could conservatively cost $17.2 billion per year. Further, bailouts of coal and nuclear plants around the country could raise costs on American consumers and fundamentally hurt the administration’s goal of American energy dominance throughout the world. Affordable, reliable natural gas has earned its share of the electricity markets which is why it has become our nation’s top source of U.S. electricity. The natural gas and oil industry is committed to strengthening national security and is playing a leading role in reducing our decades long dependence on foreign energy but government mandates forcing consumers to buy coal and nuclear power does nothing advance the security of our nation’s electric grid.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing legislation to limit fossil fuel production in Colorado (API, Press Release, August 2018)

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Today, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that backers of Initiative 97, a measure that would make 85 percent of non-public land off-limits to natural gas and oil development, appear to have submitted a sufficient number of signatures to qualify for the ballot in November. “While the opponents of this job-killing measure consider their options regarding today’s announcement, it bears repeating that this measure, if ultimately enacted, will define our state’s economy and job opportunities for generations to come,” said Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley. “If passed, Initiative 97 could devastate the economic livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Coloradans, both in and out of the energy industry. Entire communities would involuntarily find themselves closed for business. Tax revenues would plummet, crippling essential funding for education and health care across the state.”

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Supporting measures to maintenane high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing delay of Keystone pipeline  (API, Press Release, Novermber 2018)

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Today the American Petroleum Institute strongly condemned the U.S. District Court of Montana’s ruling to delay the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. “Pipelines like KXL are the backbone of our nation’s energy infrastructure and one of the most environmentally sound ways to transport the fuel and petroleum products that power America every single day,” said Vice President of Midstream and Industry Operations Robin Rorick. “In the more than ten years since Keystone XL was proposed, the pipeline has passed every environmental review conducted for it. In fact, a total of six assessments by both the Obama and Trump administrations concluded that KXL is safe to build. Calls to conduct identical environmental reviews makes no sense and are a waste of tax dollars. A decade of Keystone delays needs to end now.”

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Generally supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Stressing concerns with the feasibility of energy transition, evidence suggests supporting (as opposed to transitional) role of natural gas in the energy mix (API Press Release, December 2018)

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The American Petroleum Institute released results from a new study today showing that the adoption of battery storage to enable greater renewables development will be slower than anticipated, even if battery prices drop and higher natural gas prices incentivize their use. [...] “This study corroborates what API has been saying all along, which is that natural gas is the natural baseload partner to renewable energy sources, which are still only projected to make up 15 percent of domestic energy use by 2050 according to the EIA,” said Todd Snitchler, Vice President of Market Development and Industry Operations. “Even if battery storage prices drop precipitously in the coming years, they still will not be adopted at the rates necessary to make a dramatic impact on natural gas power generation and likely won’t lower electricity prices for consumers according to this study.”

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Strongly supporting the development of the Keystone XL pipeline (Press Release, November 2017)

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API President and CEO Jack Gerard applauded today’s action by the Nebraska Public Service Commission to approve the permit allowing for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and thanked the Commission for its thoughtful and comprehensive process to evaluate the project. “The Nebraska Public Service Commission set an example for how to carefully evaluate critical energy infrastructure projects, even in the face of strongly held views and opinions,” said Gerard. “It’s been a long path to today’s approval and the Commission should be commended. Their action allows the Keystone XL pipeline to be built by highly-trained, skilled tradesmen using state-of-the-art technologies aimed at protecting the environment and promoting the safety of our communities. Pipelines such as this enhance our ability to safely deliver North American energy to our world class refineries, which in turn provide the fuels and products we all rely on every day.” 

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating for legislation that will promote increased oil and gas infrastructure development (API press release, September 2017)

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API today welcomed the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would increase certainty, transparency, and efficiency in the permitting process for natural gas pipelines at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) [...] “Promoting certainty in the natural gas pipeline permitting process is a win for American workers, consumers, and the environment,” said API Federal Relations Senior Director Khary Cauthen. “Maintaining and expanding our natural gas pipeline infrastructure will help increase the use of clean natural gas that has supported millions of jobs, lowered energy costs for consumers, and driven carbon emissions throughout the U.S. economy down to levels not seen in nearly 25 years.

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Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing the limiting of offshore oil development (API Press Release, July 207)

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North Carolina Petroleum Council Executive Director David McGowan issued the following statement in response to Governor Cooper’s announcement today opposing offshore energy development and the benefits it would bring to North Carolina consumers and businesses. "Today's announcement takes North Carolina in the wrong direction and misses a significant opportunity for our states’ workers, consumers, businesses, and economy,” said McGowan.[...] The North Carolina Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Directly advocating for measures that will maintain a high GHG energy mix (Press Release, August 2017)

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API today urged the administration to expand the next five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing program to include areas of the Outer Continental Shelf, including the Atlantic, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic, with potential for new domestic energy resources, job creation, increased government revenue, and strengthened national security. [...] “We have an opportunity in the next offshore leasing plan to truly embrace our nation’s energy potential and ensure American consumers and businesses continue to benefit from the U.S. energy renaissance,” said API Upstream Director Erik Milito. “In addition to contributing to the economy, creating thousands of jobs, and providing billions in government revenue, developing our abundant offshore resources will also strengthen our national security. The ability to explore our resources in the Arctic, Atlantic, and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico in the next five-year program is a critical part of advancing the long-term energy security of our nation, and we urge the administration to consider these benefits as they prepare a new offshore leasing program.”

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating for policy makers to support unconventional oil & gas production (API, Director upstream and industry operations, Erik Milito, Press call, November 2016)

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While becoming the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, industry has also reduced carbon emissions from power generation to their lowest level in more than 20 years – making it clear that environmental progress and energy production are not mutually exclusive. None of this would be possible without hydraulic fracturing. [...] Yet, hydraulic fracturing and peer-reviewed studies continue to face misinformed attacks on scientific conclusions that support the value and safety of the process [...] API commissioned a review by Catalyst Environmental Solutions on a report titled “Quantitative Support For EPA’s Finding of No Widespread, Systemic Effects to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing.” Their work reviews a number of recent, water-related studies at various U.S. shale plays, taking in a range of conditions across the country. We are releasing this report to the media today and have already shared it with the EPA. It will be available on API.org following this press call .[...] Hydraulic fracturing is the backbone for a continued economic, environmental and energy development success story in the U.S. The documented science and the benefits to consumers are proof.

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