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API CEO Jack Gerard Congratulates Sally Jewell on Interior Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2013 ─ API CEO Jack Gerard congratulated Sally Jewell on her selection as President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior today.

“The Department of the Interior is key to the future of American energy policy,” said Gerard. “We look forward to learning how Sally Jewell’s business background and experience in the oil and natural gas industry will shape her approach to the game-changing prospects before us in energy development. President Obama campaigned on implementing a true ‘all of the above’ energy plan for America. This opportunity could create millions of new jobs here at home and generate hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal government at a time we need it most.”

“Eighty-three percent of the land and offshore areas controlled by the federal government are still off-limits to oil and natural gas development,” continued Gerard. “Increasing access to America’s vast energy resources should be a top priority for the next Interior Secretary. America’s energy revolution in oil and natural gas could make the U.S. a global energy superpower.”

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.
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