Organisation Name
American Petroleum Institute (API)
InfluenceMap Query
Need for Climate Regulation
Data Source
Legislative Consultations
 
 

Score for this Data / Query Cell

-1.19

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.

 

Not fully supporting the need for climate change regulation

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Has described previous regulatory period as 'unprecedented' and of targeting the oil and gas industry. Evidence suggests supporting Trump Administration's deregulatory agenda (Testimony at Review of Standards of performance for GHG emissions from New Modified and Reconstrcuted Statinoary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, Feb 14th 2019)

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The oil and natural gas industry has succeeded despite the unprecedented level of federal regulatory actions that targeted our industry in the past. In contrast, and consistent with the Administration’s stated objectives of American energy independence and economic growth, EPA and other federal agencies should embrace smart, cost-effective regulations while continuing to promote public health, safety and the environment that both industry and citizens support.

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

 

Not fully supporting the need for climate change regulation

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Evidence strongly suggests API is advocating against the use of government regulation to respond to climate change (Testimony of API-PA Executive Director before the PA House of Environmental Resources and Energy Committee to give a "State of the State" regarding Pennsylvania's power sector, Feb 2019)

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Today, the U.S. leads the world in the production and refining of natural gas and oil, and Pennsylvania is the number 2 producer of natural gas in the country. This has resulted in positive benefits for American consumers by driving energy costs down and has also benefited our environment. In fact, clean-burning natural gas has driven U.S. carbon emissions from power generation to their lowest levels in nearly 30 years. […] The task for this committee, our state government and our regulatory agencies is to provide a climate where Pennsylvania can build on this momentum and the environmental progress that we have achieved. New and increased taxes on this, or any industry can only slow growth and investment. Simply put, capital is invested where it generates returns. Similarly, the transformation that you see in energy today didn’t arise from any rule or mandate. Natural gas hasn’t helped America become the world leader in reducing carbon emissions through rules and regulation, that has happened because our industry was free to innovate, and the market was free to work There are few industries more regulated than the natural gas and oil industry. The key to energy regulations is to keep them grounded in common sense and hard science, while letting this industry deliver on the next wave of innovation, and deliver on a cleaner, stronger Pennsylvania

Created: 22/01/2020 Last edited: 22/01/2020

 

Opposing need for climate change regulation

InfluenceMap Comment:

Directly advocating to the President of the United States to waive testing and reporting requirements requirements from the US EPA in response to coronavirus (Letter to President Donald Trump from Mike Sommers, CEO of API, 20th March 2020)

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As such, we will be requesting assistance in temporarily waiving non-essential compliance obligations from the relevant agencies and departments within your administration and/or their state counterparts […] These types of requests could include, but are not limited to, issues such as: […]

Created: 27/03/2020 Last edited: 29/06/2020

 

Not fully supporting the need for climate change regulation

InfluenceMap Comment:

Evidence suggests the group is not supportive of increased climate regulation - calling for EPA to reconsider its regulatory approach whilst emphasising increasing costs from EPA l regulations (API, comments on Cost-benefit analysis review, August 2018)

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API believes it is time for EPA to more carefully consider the Agency’s regulatory approach.[...] EPA rules and permit conditions are also increasingly imposing emission and effluent limits so stringent that they are near, if not lower than the limits of detection for many laboratory analyses, not to mention sensors designed for use in the field.[...] Simply put, society is spending more and more for smaller and smaller pollutant reductions and for less and less environmental benefit.[...] API supports EPA’s interest in improving the consistency and transparency of its calculation and consideration of regulatory costs and benefits.

Created: 16/01/2019 Last edited: 08/03/2019

 

Not fully supporting the need for climate change regulation

InfluenceMap Comment:

Evidence suggests not supporting government regulation to respond to climate change as APi is advocating against considering the impacts of methane and carbon in climate policy (API's comments on NEPA reform, Aug 2018)

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Recently, courts have considered whether greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions are within the scope of NEPA. […] CEQ should [..] • Expressly state that use of the Social Cost of Carbon or Methane for monetizing cost and benefits is not required

Created: 24/01/2020 Last edited: 24/01/2020

 

Not fully supporting the need for climate change regulation

InfluenceMap Comment:

Supporting climate policy but with the qualification that it recognises the role of fossil fuels and fossil-based products.  Emphasising that the oil and gas sector can reduce emissions through own investments, rather than a need for government policy intervention (API, Testimony at a public hearing on GHG from existing electric generation units, regions to New Source Review Program, October 2018)

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United States climate policy must recognize the vital role of petroleum products in modern society, and the many benefits that natural gas and oil provide our nation and the world. The oil and natural gas industry is taking a variety of actions and investing in technologies from exploration through refining that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we will continue to be an integral part of the effort to address climate change.

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