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

Score for this Data / Query Cell

-1.39

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 supporting climate change regulation

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While Sommers has stated support for the return of suspended regulation, he has not included a timeline for this, instead citing when 'the pandemic is over'. In the meantime, supporting EPA's waivers of environmental legislations during COVID-19.(Bloomberg, May 27th 2020)

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The nation’s oil and gas sector favors snapping back to the EPA’s pre-coronavirus regulatory regime once the pandemic subsides, its largest trade group said on Wednesday.The American Petroleum Institute discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s temporary relief measures during a webinar addressing the state of the industry.[...] API president Mike Sommers during the webinar commended the EPA’s decision to relax enforcement, calling it “similar to the IRS changing tax day from April 15 to July 15.” But he expects the agency to return to “the same regulatory regime” that existed before the pandemic.“And we would advocate for that once the pandemic is over,” he said.

Created: 01/06/2020 Last edited: 01/06/2020

 

Not supporting climate change regulation

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Opposing regulation hindering development of domestic energy resouces and supporting a market-based response to energy and environmental policy (API President, Jack Gerard's remarks at energy in transition event, November 2016)

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We should also remember that to sustain America’s place as a global energy leader we need policies that promote or at least do not hinder our nation’s ability to develop its energy resources, from all sources. [...] We should also remember that to sustain America’s place as a global energy leader we need policies that promote or at least do not hinder our nation’s ability to develop its energy resources, from all sources. Our message to the new administration and Congress is simple: Markets not government mandates are the best way to achieve our nation’s energy, economic and environmental goals.

Created: 08/12/2016 Last edited: 08/12/2016

 

Opposing government regulation

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Opposing use of government regulation to respond to climate change (The Hill, November 2015)

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In a report issued Monday, the American Petroleum Institute (API) noted that the United States has done more to reduce its carbon emissions than other developed nations and attributed that decrease to an abundance of American natural gas. The natural gas boom, API President Jack Gerard said, “has helped us achieve substantial and sustained emissions reductions without command-and-control style regulatory intervention.” [...] Emissions reductions didn’t come “through government mandate, it wasn’t through a carbon tax, it wasn’t through any directive, it was done primarily driven by market forces within the context of all of the above,” Gerard said.

Created: 30/11/2015 Last edited: 11/04/2017

 

Opposing climate change regulation

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Supporting continued deregulation in relation to climate policy (API CEO Jack Gerard, EENews, September 2017)

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The head of the country's largest fossil fuel trade association today said the recent onslaught of hurricanes should not impede the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda and endorsed "transparent" debate on climate policy. American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard today told reporters that while he takes climate change "seriously," the country needs to address regulatory challenges in order to allow the economy to "really grow and flourish.""So we as an industry, we take climate change seriously; we think it's a serious challenge," he said at an event on Capitol Hill this morning. "What we don't support is unnecessary, redundant, costly regulations that provide no benefit to society, yet cost industry a lot." [...] "It wasn't the regulatory process that drove the United States where it is today. The free market, and technological advances, brought the world where it is today in leading the world in carbon reduction." [...] Gerard pushed for a public debate to weigh the trade-offs between curbing carbon emissions and protecting economic growth.

Created: 13/11/2017 Last edited: 07/09/2018

 

Opposing government regulation

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Pushing deregulation narrative in wake of Donald Trump's election to US President (API President Jack Gerard, Interview on CNBC, November 2016)

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"I think it clear while Mr. Trump has talked generally about issues related to energy, I think there are two key issues that we should focus on. The first on is his comment about the need to review the regulatory tsunami if you will that we have been dealing with.  We have 145 pending regulations on the oil & gas industry right now that we have been dealing with as this administration concludes its services - so a focus on their to make sure we are regulating the industry smartly, not over-burdening it, not chilling the investment opportunities."

Created: 08/12/2016 Last edited: 08/12/2016

 

Not fully supporting the need for climate change regulation

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Evidence suggests not supporting government regulation to respond to climate change - supporting a market-based response over government regulation (API President, Jack Gerard, Press Call On Post 2016 Election Poll, November 2016)

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As a candidate, President-elect Trump pledged to pursue an energy approach that would include “opening federal lands for oil and gas production, opening offshore areas, and revoking policies that are imposing unnecessary restrictions on innovative new exploration technologies.” Polling confirms that a Trump administration that pursues such forward-thinking energy policies will have strong voter support behind it. [...] With the oil and natural gas industry facing 145 regulations or other policy-setting activities that could discourage production, preventing regulatory overreach should be a top priority. [...] Our success demonstrates that a market-based, consumer-focused regulatory approach is the right one, whether the issue is environmental protection or fuels policy. [...] We look forward to working with the new Congress and the Trump administration to implement voters’ energy priorities and maintain America’s global energy leadership.

Created: 08/12/2016 Last edited: 11/04/2017

 

Opposing government regulation

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Advocating market-based response to oppose use of 'command and control', raising issue of competitiveness. (President Jack Gerard, press conference call on investments in carbon reduction, September 2015)

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Between 2000 and 2014 the oil and natural gas industry directly invested approximately $90 billion in zero- and low- emissions technologies. [...] Many of these investments are in technologies that reduce leaks, capture emissions, and improve energy efficiency.[...] the study demonstrates how market driven, private sector leadership can achieve public policy goals more quickly and more efficiently than government programs and mandates.[...] As some political discourse has revealed recently, government command-and-control proposals that put the United States at a severe disadvantage to competitors like China and Iran don’t make sense. We should not restrict development by America’s energy producers and harm our workers, our economy, and consumers here at home.

Created: 17/03/2016 Last edited: 19/06/2020