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WTAS: Praise For API’s New Climate Framework

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) released its newClimate Action Frameworkearlier this afternoon, and it’s already being called by some as “the most important climate policy development since the election of President Biden” that “could be a turning point in the national climate debate.” Please see below for some of the positive statements API has received touting the importance and benefits of our new framework to a low-carbon future:

  • President of North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU), Sean McGarvey:“NABTU and the U.S. oil and natural gas industry have been strong allies in our shared goals of building a thriving 21st century economy, creating millions of good paying jobs, and ensuring continued access to affordable and reliable energy -- all by the most stringent safety and environmental standards to protect our planet. API's new framework for climate action is a bold and thoughtful proposal that can help guide our country's fight against climate change. NABTU is proud to partner with API and support their efforts to address one of the greatest challenges of our time.”
  • General President of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), Terry O'Sullivan:“LIUNA commends API for continuing to be a strong leader and voice for America's energy infrastructure needs and for speaking out on the importance of responsible action on climate change, including the use of carbon pricing. LIUNA supports a federal price on carbon that reinvests revenue into needed infrastructure projects that will reduce future emissions, bolster resilience in the face of extreme weather events, and improve the economic well-being of communities.”
  • U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX):“The American Petroleum Institute’s new climate policy framework is an important step by the industry in working to address the risks of climate change while continuing to produce reliable, affordable American energy. Natural gas and oil are key economic drivers in Texas and the rest of the country, and industry actions that further reduce their environmental impact are helpful contributions as the U.S. works towards developing economically sensible solutions that reduce greenhouse emissions and fight climate change.”
  • Louisiana Senate Majority Leader and Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) Chairwoman Sharon Hewitt:“The American Petroleum Institute’s framework for climate policy establishes a market-driven, rather than a governmentally regulated, approach. This plan is both reasonable and achievable. The API framework embraces economically sensible solutions that reduce greenhouse emissions while protecting the energy industry jobs that remain the bedrock of Louisiana’s economy.”
  • Bipartisan政策中心的总裁,Jason Grumet:“Achieving net zero carbon emissions across the entire economy demands shared commitment and leadership from the public and private sectors. Having the world’s largest, and most technologically advanced logistics companies working to deploy climate solutions on a massive scale is critical for success. API’s new support for federal legislation to accelerate the development and commercialization of clean technologies and reduce emissions could be a turning point in the national climate debate.”
  • Executive Director of the Alliance for Market Solutions (AMS), Alex Flint:“This may be the most important climate policy development since the election of President Biden. Climate change has been deeply politicized for over two decades. To get any major climate policy enacted, we need factions to move, negotiate, and compromise. And the American Petroleum Institute (API) has just made a big move. Not only did the organization make it clear it wants a seat at the table, but it also wants its supporters engaged in policy negotiations. As a result, the outlook for climate policy is better today than it was yesterday.”
  • ConservAmerica:“API的公告是关于如何应对气候变化的对话中的重要一步。温室认为,基于市场的方法,包括碳的价格,将导致最有效,最低昂贵的意味着减少温室气体排放(GHG)。这包括灵活性,激励长期规划和创新的政策,最大限度地减少了不必要地增加成本或削弱竞争力的经济和监管障碍。从根本上与我们面临的任何环境挑战不同,气候变化在其广泛的宽度和经济范围内都是全球性的;过去的监管机制不足以解决当今或未来的温室气体排放量。API的声明涉及这些现实,并为减少排放的高效,全面和耐用的方法提供了一种途径。“

API’s new climate framework signals our industry’s continued commitment to policies that address the risks of climate change and drive innovative solutions for a cleaner future. A full copy of API’s policy framework for climate action can befound here.

API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than ten million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate inAPI Energy Excellence, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.