The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energy Colors Our World

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 15, 2017

Since its launch in February, API’s Power Past Impossible communications campaign has highlighted the many ways natural gas and oil play important roles in our every-day lives. Sure, they fuel our vehicles – everyone knows that. But they’re also involved in things that aren’t so apparent, ranging from space exploration to fashion and art.


Oil gushes art – and art gushes oil.

"Lowriders," which opened last weekend in 295 theaters across the country, taking in $2.4 million, is the story of a young man in East L.A. named Danny, torn between his father’s desire for him to join the family car customizing business and his own love for street art. The trailer:

Natural gas and oil drive almost every aspect of this film. The custom graphics painted on the hoods and trunks of the impressive rides, the suspension fluid giving lowriders their signature bounce and even Danny’s paint – all are derived from petroleum. Whether Danny joins the family business or makes his living it as an artist, the tools he uses to leave his mark are made by natural gas and oil.

That’s what natural gas and oil energy do, in addition to serving as fuels. They make up the conveniences and products that make modern life more mobile, colorful, entertaining, healthier – and just better.


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.