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public-health  emission-reductions  jobs  refineries 

Uni Blake

Uni Blake
Posted November 16, 2017

The health of African American communities is a genuine cause for concern in our country. But attacking our industry is the wrong approach and detracts from the real work that should be done to reduce disparately high rates of disease among African Americans. Industry is committed to the health and safety of the communities where it operates and to its workers, leading the way on reducing U.S. greenhouse gas and other air emissions and supporting millions of well-paying jobs – one of the most important factors in Americans’ well-being.

I’ve read an NAACP paper released this week that accuses the natural gas and oil industry of emissions that disproportionately burden African American communities. As a scientist, my overall observation is that the paper fails to demonstrate a causal relationship between natural gas activity and the health disparities, reported or predicted, within the African American community. Rather, scholarly research attributes those health disparities to other factors that have nothing to do with natural gas and oil operations – such as genetics, indoor allergens and unequal access to preventative care.

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air-quality  community  social-license-to-operate  oil-and-gas 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted November 16, 2017

The air you breathe is the cleanest of the modern era and continues to improve. The EPA reports that total emissions of the six criteria air pollutants in the United States have declined 73% since 1970 and air quality has improved across the nation.

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iea34  energy-demand  us-energy  exports 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 15, 2017

IEA’s statement above is remarkable. What it means is that the energy security goals U.S. leaders have discussed for more than 40 years appear to be coming into view. Thanks to modern, data analytics-based exploration and production, the United States will produce natural gas and oil at unprecedented levels, decreasing oil imports and growing opportunities for U.S. energy in the global marketplace. 

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taxes  innovation  investment  international-petroleum-market 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 14, 2017

Tax reform legislation is advancing in the U.S. Senate, and it’s good that Finance Committee Chairman Orin Hatch and a number of senators are pursuing pro-growth, pro-development changes that would modernize the tax code and help improve the competitiveness of U.S. businesses operating internationally. Such reforms would help strengthen our economy, spur investment and boost job creation. 

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renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  consumers  ethanol 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted November 10, 2017

On Nov. 30, EPA is scheduled to finalize 2018 ethanol volumes for the U.S. fuel supply under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Yet, the RFS remains a broken program that’s also outdated, its original purposes overtaken by the U.S. energy renaissance. This week, API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola told reporters that Congress needs to protect American consumers from potential risks posed by RFS mandates.

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workforce  diversity  stem  jobs  oil-and-natural-gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 7, 2017

Industry is committed to making its workforce more diverse. Now and over the next decade or two, there’s great opportunity to realize that goal. With 40 percent or more of industry’s worker base on track to retire by 2035, research indicates hundreds of thousands of women and minorities will help fill the ranks through the next decade and beyond. Critically important is properly preparing them to be petroleum engineers, geologists, welders, electricians, accountants, business managers and more.

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emission-reductions  natural-gas  consumers  social-license-to-operate 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted November 3, 2017

“Today, the U.S. is both the largest producer of natural gas and the world leader in reducing emissions. When it comes to propelling the U.S. forward with energy in the 21st century, “we no longer have to choose between more energy and a cleaner environment.”

– API President and CEO Jack Gerard 

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jack-gerard  american-petroleum-institute 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 2, 2017

Now this is fun: Jack Gerard, API’s president and CEO, is on Instagram, providing an inside look at his work leading the country’s largest oil and natural gas trade association and his energy advocacy efforts – but also other stuff. Jack has been active on Instagram for a few weeks and clearly enjoys it. Check his feed. Even better: follow along: @JackGerardAPI

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electric-grid  consumers  natural-gas  ferc 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 2, 2017

OK, going a little more visual today. Leading off, we’ve got a terrific new video that shows natural gas is the “heart” of our country’s 21st-century electric power system – very timely given the heat that’s being generated by Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to alter the electricity marketplace in ways that would favor certain generating facilities. The video makes these important points: Natural gas-fueled generation has unique attributes that enhance the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. power system; natural gas-fueled generation can quickly ramp up or down depending on generation needs; and competitive markets have made natural gas the fuel of choice, benefiting consumers.

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states2017  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 2, 2017

The first recorded mountaineering expedition occurred in 1492. According to Pastemagazine.com, the first recorded mountaineer was a fellow named Antoine de Ville, who climbed Mont Aiguille in the Vercors near Grenoble in southeastern France (best known as the locale for the 1968 Winter Olympics). Safe to say, de Ville made his assent without the help of modern climbing gear and clothing – a lot of it made with the help of natural gas and oil – which have made climbing popular among today’s outdoors enthusiasts. Put another way, climbers everywhere should be grateful they don’t have to do what they do in old-fashioned wool outerwear and leather-soled boots.

Mountain and rock climbing, though not the same, are related in the way they surmount the obstacles of sheer rock and the forces of nature – and in the way energy makes them safer and better. In the United States, the state of Idaho is among the best places for a climber to get their thrills, boasting impressive ranges such as the “Seven Devils Mountains” and the Sawtooth Range.

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