Organisation Name
American Petroleum Institute (API)
InfluenceMap Query
Renewable Energy Legislation
Data Source
Social Media
 
 

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-1.79

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.

 

Opposing RFS

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Emphasizing the economic cost from the implementation of the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard (Report, July 2015, p 1, 25)

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) commissioned NERA Economic Consulting (NERA) to conduct a study of the potential transportation sector and macroeconomic impacts of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) Program on the economy. [...] In 2015 and beyond, it is not feasible to achieve the statute volumes of total renewable fuel required under EISA ‘07. [...] When the required biofuel volume standards are too severe, as with the statute scenario, the market becomes disrupted because there are an insufficient number of RINs to allow compliance. “Forcing” additional volumes of biofuels into the market beyond those that would be “absorbed” by the market based on economics alone at the levels required by the statute scenario will result in severe economic harm.

Created: 14/09/2015 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing RFS

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Opposing Renewable fuels standard (API Press Release, November 2016)

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WASHINGTON, November 16, 2016 – API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola along with the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) held a conference call with reporters to discuss EPA’s 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements.  “The renewable fuels standard is broken,” said Macchiarola. “The well-being of American consumers hangs in the balance as EPA continues to push more and more ethanol into the fuel mix. Study after study has shown that the RFS could raise fuel costs for consumers and damage car engines.[...] API strongly supports the Flores-Welch RFS reform bill, which has broad bipartisan support and 117 co-sponsors in the House.

Created: 08/12/2016 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing RFS

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Opposing EPA renewable fuel standard (API, Press Release, November 2018)

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As the EPA finalizes ethanol volumes for 2019 and biodiesel volumes for 2020 under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the American Petroleum Institute urged the agency to protect consumers from the ethanol blendwall and to continue to reject efforts by some to reallocate volumes from small refinery exemptions. [...] “Consumers need to know that the RFS is a prime example of the government putting its thumb on the scale and picking winners and losers. Implementing this broken program year after year is not a practical energy strategy for our future. The reality is that market forces, technological innovations and investments by the oil and natural gas industry have combined to necessitate reforms to this RFS program.” In the meantime, to limit the effects of the RFS, API urges EPA to set its final 2019 RFS obligations for ethanol at or below 9.7 percent of gasoline demand, an amount that allows for E0 sales and recognizes the vehicle and infrastructure constraints that limit the ability to use E15 and E85.  EPA should also ensure that volumes from small refinery exemptions are not reallocated to other refiners, which only exacerbates the unlevel playing field created by the RFS. 

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

 

Opposing RFS

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Directly advocating regulators to oppose renewable energy legislation (Website news, July 2015)

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In joint comments on proposed Renewable Fuel Standard requirements, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuels & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) say EPA’s assumptions of growing demand for high-ethanol fuel blends are simply wrong. The groups ask EPA to limit ethanol mandates to no more than 9.7 percent of total gasoline demand. “High ethanol blends – such as E15 and E85 – that EPA is pushing are not compatible with most cars on the road today, and they could potentially put American consumers and their vehicles at risk,” API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco told reporters during a news conference. “Consumers have shown they have little to no interest in purchasing increasing amounts of high ethanol fuels. Consumers’ interests should come ahead of ethanol interests.”

Created: 18/09/2015 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing RFS

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Opposing the US Renewable fuels standard (API Press Release, November 2016)

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Ahead of tomorrow’s Senate hearing on S.517 the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act which would increase the sale of high ethanol blend gasoline E15, API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola held a press conference urging Senators to work on real solutions to the broken Renewable Fuel Standard instead of a bill that doesn’t help consumers and does not fix the broader problem. “The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act gives a false choice to the consumer because 85 percent of the vehicles in the U.S. fleet were not built for E15 and this fuel is not compatible with motorcycles, boats, lawn equipment, and ATVs. The choice offered in this bill is a bad one,” said Macchiarola. “The legislation also reverses decades of EPA precedent and substantive Clean Air Act protections, while failing to comprehensively reform the broken RFS. Independent voices have studied E-15, and they confirm that it is not compatible with the vast majority of cars on the road, and that greater use of this fuel could result in higher prices at the pump. We urge lawmakers to take up real RFS reform and not be distracted by this flawed bill.”

Created: 06/07/2017 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing RFS

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Opposing EPA renewable fuel standard (API, Press Release, August 2018)

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Today the American Petroleum Institute reminded policymakers that the ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard is broken and should be repealed or significantly reformed. During a conference call with reporters, API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola previewed API’s comments to EPA’s proposed rule-making for next year’s RFS volumes, urging the administration to protect consumers from an outdated mandate. “This mandate has the potential for real negative consequences, such as forcing consumers to buy higher levels of ethanol than most engines were designed to accommodate and putting engine systems at risk,” said Macchiarola. “Today, most gasoline contains 10 percent ethanol by volume. However, if the RFS requirements are implemented at unreasonable, mandated levels, our nation could exceed this level of ethanol in the fuel mix.

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

 

Opposing RFS

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Launching a 'multi-faceted' attack on the EPA's renewable fuel mandates (API downstream group director, Robert Greco, Press briefing teleconference on RFS ad campaign, October 2015)

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Today I’m announcing that, as the administration is finalizing its 2014, 2015, and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes over the next month, API will run a multi-faceted advocacy campaign that will include TV, radio, and online advertising. Our ads will focus on the negative consequences higher ethanol mandates could have on consumers, including unexpected repair bills and potentially broad harm to our nation’s economy. [...] Ultimately, Congress has a responsibility to repeal or significantly reform this outdated – and potentially dangerous – program. But as we all know, congressional action takes time. So in the meantime, we urge EPA to reduce the total renewable fuels volume requirements for 2014, 2015, and 2016 to below 9.7 percent of gasoline demand. This will keep us below the 10 percent ethanol blend wall while allowing consumers the option of non-ethanol gasoline – demand for which remains high. EPA can effectively offer a band-aid for this failed program to protect consumers until Congress can act.

Created: 17/03/2016 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing RFS

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Opposing EPA renewable fuel standard, calling for its repeal (API, Press Release, November 2018)

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Today the American Petroleum Institute said EPA’s final ethanol volumes for 2019 and biodiesel volumes for 2020 are an annual reminder that the Renewable Fuel Standard is broken. “EPA’s latest biofuel mandate that increases ethanol volumes in our fuel supply should concern consumers,” said API Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations Frank Macchiarola. “Automakers have warned that increased blends of ethanol such as E15 could void car warranties. Testing found that E15 could harm engines and fuel systems in millions of cars. About 75 percent of the vehicles on the road today were not built for E15 and consumers could potentially face costly repair bills. “Implementing this broken program year after year simply doesn’t make sense. We need a comprehensive legislative solution that sunsets the RFS

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

 

Opposing RFS

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Opposing EPA renewable fuel standard (API, Press Release, July 2018)

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Today the American Petroleum Institute said until Congress fixes the broken Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency must protect consumers from higher ethanol blended fuels that threaten vehicle engines and fuel systems. Patrick Kelly, Senior Fuels Policy Advisor delivered industry’s views during EPA’s public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan on the 2019 proposed biofuel obligations. [...] API is urging EPA to not exceed 9.7 percent ethanol in the gasoline pool for 2019 to meet the strong demand for E0, or clear gasoline that continues to exist.

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