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API Committed to Energy Accessibility and Workforce Inclusion

energy access  workforce  diversity 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted October 21, 2020

As API’s members focus on meeting some of America’s greatest challenges, it’s clear our workers – the men and women of natural gas and oil – are our industry’s most valuable assets. For the future, this industry must continue to attract the best and brightest minds – while building a diverse, inclusive and resilient workforce that will bring energy to America for decades to come.

Over the summer, API President and CEO Mike Sommers wrote to colleagues underscoring the strength in this industry’s diversity, and initiating a conversation among natural gas and oil operators about actions to address disparities in the energy workforce and in American communities more broadly.

This month, Sommers joined Dr. Benjamin Chavis, president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and a pioneering civil rights leader, to continue this conversation with a one-on-one interview entitled, “Opportunities in the Energy Industry.”

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Infrastructure: Catalyst for Progress, More Equitable Access to Energy

infrastructure  pipelines  access  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 25, 2020

A call for environmental justice (EJ) is featured in U.S. House climate legislation being debated in Congress. While the EJ section of House Democrats’ climate plan focuses on environmental goals, one part calls for an energy justice and democracy program at the U.S. Energy Department to reduce energy poverty and to ensure communities have equitable access to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Building or expanding America’s natural gas pipeline network is key to reducing energy poverty in the U.S. – seeing that Americans, no matter where they live, can get affordable natural gas for home heating, cooking and other uses. Thanks to abundant, affordable natural gas, U.S. power sector emissions of carbon dioxide are at their lowest levels in a generation. Increasing infrastructure capacity, increasing natural gas use, supports this beneficial trend.

Unfortunately, this kind of energy fairness isn’t a reality everywhere in the U.S. Some Americans have no choice but to use wood-burning fireplaces or stoves to heat their homes, due to the lack of safe, reliable pipelines and other infrastructure to get energy where consumers want and need it.   

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The Administration’s Misstep on Eastern Gulf, South Atlantic Offshore Policy

offshore access  eastern gulf of mexico  atlantic ocs  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 14, 2020

A national policy that puts U.S. energy off-limits to development would have serious negative impacts for our nation’s security, jobs, the economy and household budgets. As argued in this post, proponents of policies that ban new natural gas and oil development on federal lands and waters have a lot of explaining to do.

This includes former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party Platform, which both pledge to effectively end new federal natural gas and oil development.

Unfortunately, it also includes the White House, which announced this week that there will be no offshore oil and natural gas development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic going forward, into the year 2032.

This is wrong for U.S. energy, wrong for American security, wrong for jobs and wrong for economic growth. 

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Constitution Pipeline Stalls Out, New Yorkers Miss Out

natural gas access  infrastructure  permitting  pipelines  new york 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 5, 2020

Politics continues to dictate energy policy in New York – with the state’s consumers paying the price.

Look at the recently announced shelving of the Constitution natural gas pipeline by the Williams Company and its partners. The 124-mile line would have piped natural gas from the nearby Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania into New York. The builders gave up after nearly eight years of trying to get through regulatory red tape and general opposition to new natural gas infrastructure by Albany.

It’s a missed opportunity for New Yorkers. 

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U.S. Energy Empowers American Progress, Not Partisanship

natural gas  offshore access  obama administration 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted September 19, 2019

Borrowing from a line from a presidential campaign gone by, we’ll point out that Democrats were for natural gas and oil before they were against it. See the clips below of President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Our homegrown energy revolution is delivering abundant, affordable and reliable energy for American consumers and strengthening an industry that supports 10.3 million well-paying U.S. jobs. As the world’s No. 1 producer of natural gas and oil, the U.S. is increasingly energy self-sufficient, which reinforces our domestic economy, national security and climate leadership.

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U.S. Shale – The ‘Navy’s Fifth Fleet’

Security and Access  Shale Oil  Energy Security 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted July 26, 2019

Historically, tensions in the Strait of Hormuz – like those currently between the U.S. and Iran – would portend serious price impacts for American consumers. But not anymore, thanks to the U.S. energy revolution. As it turns out, America’s strongest defense against crude oil supply disruptions is our homegrown energy offense.

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Offshore Energy and a Strategic Vision for U.S. Security

offshore access  safe operations  eastern gulf of mexico  atlantic ocs  pacific  spill 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted July 17, 2019

Legislation in Congress that could cripple future U.S. offshore energy development needs to be seen for the longer-term damage it could do to America’s strategic energy and national security.

One House bill would permanently extend a moratorium on development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico; another would permanently bar leasing in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Given projected growth in America’s energy needs, such shortsighted legislation fails the test of leadership in setting energy policy that will enhance and protect our nation’s strategic interests.


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‘Energy Feast and Famine’ – Report Points to Infrastructure Shortcomings

Pipeline  Gas  infrastructure  natural gas  natural gas access 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted July 12, 2019

An interesting read in the Wall Street Journal underscores what we’ve been saying about the nation’s need for more energy infrastructure: Basically, that despite record natural gas production, Americans in some parts of the country aren’t benefiting from it as much as they should. The Journal:

U.S. gas production rose to a record of more than 37 trillion cubic feet last year, up 44% from a decade earlier. Yet the infrastructure needed to move gas around the country hasn’t kept up. …  The result, despite natural-gas prices that look low on commodities exchanges, is energy feast and famine.

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A Force For Good

energy access  global energy  clean energy  affordable energy  climate 

Megan Barnett Bloomgren

Megan Bloomgren
Posted June 13, 2019

John Watson, then the chairman and CEO of Chevron, once was asked how the natural gas and oil industry is perceived since so much of the climate discussion is aimed solely at producing fossil fuels.

Unflinchingly, Watson countered that his industry is a noble one – delivering light, heat, transportation, food, clothing and other benefits to people every day – and that natural gas and oil are foundational for almost everything that we use and do. Simply put, Watson asserted that natural gas and oil are forces for good in human development and far from a deterrent (and instead an enabler) of climate progress.

It was an argument for the societal value of natural gas and oil and the opportunities they create, thanks to U.S. energy abundance.

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Unleash Alaskan Energy

alaska  arctic  access 

API CEO Mike Sommers

Mike Sommers
Posted June 10, 2019

From the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico to Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, the U.S. has not just the resources but an industry with the technology and skill to develop them safely.

Take for example the North Slope of Alaska, an area poised to re-emerge as a “super basin” following discoveries like Willow, Pikka and Liberty. The resurgence has been great news for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, or TAPS — backbone of Alaska energy and critical pillar of U.S. energy security. TAPS throughput is ticking up, and new finds in National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, or NPR-A, could singlehandedly increase its volume by 18 percent. ...

On so many levels, U.S. energy security, and our national security, is tied to keeping Alaska energy strong.


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