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API: New oil tax proposal would harm consumers

Carlton Carroll | | 202.682.8114        

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2016 – President Obama’s proposal to add a new $10 per barrel tax on crude oil would harm consumers, said API President and CEO Jack Gerard:

“The White House thinks Americans are not paying enough for gasoline, so they have proposed a new tax that could raise the cost of gasoline by 25 cents a gallon, harm consumers that are enjoying low energy prices, destroy American jobs and reverse America’s emergence as a global energy leader.

“On his way out of office, President Obama has now proposed making the United States less competitive.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 650 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.