Policy at a Glance: CRUDE OIL EXPORTS

  • Consumers are among the first to benefit from free trade, and crude oil is no exception.
  • Gasoline costs are tied to a global market; additional exports could help increase supplies, put downward pressure on prices at the pump, and support American workers.
  • Exports will help strengthen our energy security as access to foreign customers could drive significant investment in U.S. production and change the security environment around the world.
  • If current restrictions on crude exports were lifted:
    • The cost of gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel is projected to fall, saving American consumers up to $5.8 billion per year, on average, between 2015 and 2035.
    • In 2020 the U.S. economy could gain up to 300,000 additional jobs and America’s trade deficit could fall by $22 billion.
    • U.S. federal, state, and local government revenues could rise by as much as $13.5 billion in 2020.


Policy at a Glance: OZONE NAAQS

  • Upcoming EPA regulations of ozone could shut down business expansion and new jobs where 94% of Americans live, without providing any significant public health or environmental benefit.
  • Strict new standards could force communities to shut down business activity in a futile attempt to force ozone levels below naturally occurring background levels.
  • Air quality continues to improve under the existing standards. The health data being used to justify tightening the standard is not compelling, and EPA and the states have not even begun to implement the stringent 2008 ozone standard.
  • These could be the costliest EPA regulations ever, reducing U.S. GDP by up to $270 billion per year, according to a NERA economic analysis.
  • Stricter standards are not justified from a health perspective and are not needed to continue air quality progress.
  • Retaining the existing standards of 75 parts per billion is the right policy choice.



  • The RFS is based on predictions regarding the supply and demand of gasoline that are disconnected from reality.
  • U.S. gasoline demand has dropped while domestic supply has increased due to the shale and natural gas revolution in North America.
  • Cellulosic technologies have not developed as quickly as expected.
  • The EPA rushed through approval of an up to 15% ethanol blend (E15) without adequate testing, leading to engine compatibility problems with E15, potentially voiding car warranties, and adding significant infrastructure and cost challenges.
  • Approaching the ethanol blend wall, the point at which ethanol mandates force more ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply than is safe for most users, could lead to fuel supply disruptions that ripple adversely through the economy, decreasing GDP and reducing worker take-home pay, according to a NERA economic analysis and CBO report.
  • The original purpose of the RFS – to reduce oil imports – has been achieved through rising U.S. oil production. From 2008–2012, net imports fell by more than 1.3 million bbl/d while domestic oil production has increased by nearly 1.5 million bbl/d.



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Policy at a Glance: LNG EXPORTS

  • Consumers are among the first to benefit from free trade, and liquefied natural gas – or LNG – is no exception. The export of LNG is one of the most promising economic opportunities of the shale revolution.
  • These exports will increase our national security while significantly reducing our trade deficit.
  • LNG exports are projected to increase government revenues, grow the economy, and support hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs in engineering, manufacturing, construction, and facility operations.
  • America is in a global race to build LNG infrastructure and secure a competitive position in the international market. Nations that act quickly to attract these investments will reap the economic rewards.
  • LNG exports could contribute as much as $10 to $31 billion per state to the economies of natural gas-producing states, such as Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.
  • Non-natural-gas-producing states will also benefit, partly due to the boost in demand for steel, cement, equipment, and other goods. States with a large manufacturing base could see economic gains as high as $2.6 to $5 billion per state.



  • 87% of offshore acreage under federal control remains off limits to development.
  • Offshore oil and natural gas leasing could create nearly 840,000 U.S. jobs and raise $200 billion in revenue for the government by 2035.
  • Included in that is over $50 billion and 280,000 jobs along the Atlantic coast, in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
  • New restrictions offshore Alaska and a rejection of billions of barrels of oil from the coastal plain of ANWR show a lack of commitment to ensuring America’s position as a world leader in energy.
  • Duplicative new regulations on industry operations, and the government’s refusal to even consider leasing in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific, are tying America’s hands against a future of affordable and reliable energy.



  • Sustaining and expanding America’s energy infrastructure is vital to a dependable supply chain that provides uninterrupted energy, which is central to our economic growth and national security.
  • Investing in our nation’s infrastructure means that products from all industries move more efficiently within our nation, which has historically lowered costs to consumers and gives our businesses and manufacturers a competitive edge in the global market.
  • Taxpayers will benefit from private investments in infrastructure. Infrastructure improvements by the oil and natural gas industry could, over the next decade:
    • Encourage as much as $1.15 trillion in new private capital investment;
    • Support 1.15 million new jobs, and
    • Add $120 billion on average per year to our nation’s GDP.

From the American Petroleum Institute: LATEST NEWS

Flawed Well Control Rule needs technical input and fixes before implementation WASHINGTON, December 1, 2015 – The well control rule proposed by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) could increase risk and decrease safety in offshore operations, API told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday.

Gerard: EPA must do more to protect consumers from high ethanol mandates WASHINGTON, November 30, 2015 – EPA must do more to ensure Americans have access to fuels they want and can safely use in their vehicles until Congress can repeal or significantly reform the outdated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), API President and CEO Jack Gerard said following EPA’s release of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 RFS mandates Monday.

Poll: Majority of voters are concerned about high ethanol mandates

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2015 – Seventy-eight percent of registered voters are concerned that breaching the ethanol blend wall could drive up the cost of gasoline for consumers and reduce the nation’s fuel supply (91 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Independents, and 73 percent of Democrats), according to a new poll of 1,021 registered voters conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of API. 

Demand for petroleum fell in October, gasoline demand rose (includes monthly statistical report)

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2015 – Total petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) fell slightly in October by 0.3 percent from year ago levels, according to API’s Monthly Statistical Report for October 2015. Production of all four major products–gasoline, distillate, jet fuel and residual fuels--was higher than deliveries for those products, so refined products were exported.   Monthly Statistical Report, Petroleum Facts at a Glance, Monthly Import Statistics for October 2015

Michigan consumers win when energy policy is guided by sound science

Lansing, Mich., November 18, 2015 – Today’s announcement that the public has rejected a third attempt to ban safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing is good news for the people of Michigan seeking jobs and increased revenues for the state, said John Griffin, executive director of API-Michigan.

API and ANGA: Two energy trades to combine forces

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2015 – Following approval of both boards of directors, the American Petroleum Institute and America's Natural Gas Alliance announced the two organizations will combine into a single trade association, effective January 1, 2016. The combined association will continue ANGA's mission under API.

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