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Patagonia and Petroleum

petroleum products  consumers  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 16, 2019

Patagonia’s limiting sales of its popular vests, excluding corporate clients judged not to be onboard with the outdoor clothier’s environmental and climate positions, apparently including natural gas and oil (see the last few sentences in this tweeted email from a certified Patagonia seller) – seems odd and inconsistent, given how much petroleum is used to make those products.

More on that below. First, let’s point out that, contrary to Patagonia’s impression of the natural gas and oil, our industry cares a great deal about environmental and climate progress – even as it supplies the energy that empowers modern life and growth in the United States. We need both, and they’re not mutually exclusive.

In this 21st century economy, Americans want access to affordable energy. You need energy for prosperity, mobility and good health, and Industry is committed to developing that energy safely and responsibly.

At the same time, industry is leading in important environmental and climate progress, by producing record amounts of clean natural gas – the chief reason U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have fallen to their lowest levels in a generation.


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‘Powering America Past Impossible’ Primer Launches

power-past-impossible  oil and natural gas  economic growth  emission reductions  consumers 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted November 20, 2018

Follow this link to “Powering Past Impossible,” API’s primer on important natural gas and oil industry issues – spanning global economics and energy, natural gas and oil markets and key factors to sustaining and growing the U.S. energy revolution. Eight important takeaways from the primer follow.

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One Millennial's View of America's Energy Industry

energy future  power-past-impossible  jobs 

Brian Sanders-Smith

Brian Sanders-Smith
Posted August 10, 2018

As a Millennial with unruly hair who hikes and fishes through national parks, few could have expected me to work for the natural gas and oil industry. But three months ago, I started at the American Petroleum Institute (API) as an intern. It would be generous to say I had any knowledge of the industry when I arrived, but during my time at API I have been able to see and experience a new perspective of natural gas and oil. ... 

My impression is that natural gas and oil not only has plenty of lucrative opportunities for Millennials and Gen Z’s but needs us to lead the industry into the future. 


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Freedom, U.S. Energy and Powering Past Impossible

american energy  power-past-impossible 

Tracee Bentley

Tracee Bentley
Posted July 3, 2018

Happy Birthday, America!

Celebrating Independence Day will take many forms – cookouts, fireworks, community parades, family gatherings and more

Our nation is built on values that have enabled the natural gas and oil industry to accomplish amazing things, something for which we at the Colorado Petroleum Council are incredibly grateful.


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Video: ‘Impossible 2.0’ Ad and the Power for Modern Lives

power-past-impossible  natural gas  technology innovation 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted June 13, 2018

By now you have probably seen “Impossible 2.0,” API’s new ad highlighting how natural gas and oil make our modern-day lives possible. They not only generate electricity and power vehicles but are the building blocks in so many of the fundamental necessities and comforts we enjoy each day — from communication, to transportation, to food, education, entertainment and more. 

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Video: Cleaner, Smarter is Top of Mind for Natural Gas & Oil

power-past-impossible  technology  oil and natural gas  renewable energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 17, 2018

We hope you’ve seen “Brainpower,” API’s new ad highlighting the smart technologies and data analysis that natural gas and oil use to safely and efficiently bring Americans the energy that empowers their modern lives while also meeting seemingly impossible challenges.

“Brainpower” also is about natural gas and oil deploying technologies and innovating to get cleaner and help the United States reduce its emissions, leading to cleaner air. The women and men of natural gas and oil are focused on this. They want other Americans to know that they care – about lowering emissions and the environment – because they’re members of the community, too. You’ll see it in behind-the-scenes interviews conducted during the “Brainpower” ad shoot.


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New Ad: 'Brainpower,' Energy and a Better Future

oil and natural gas  technology  innovation  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 4, 2018

The message in “Brainpower,” API’s newest ad, is straightforward: The natural gas and oil industry leverages smart technologies, data analysis and more to safely and efficiently develop the energy Americans use to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

An industry that already was pretty brainy has upped its IQ.


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Taking the Energy Conversation to the Campus

everything  power-past-impossible  oil and natural gas jobs 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted April 26, 2018

During recent visits to three universities, my goal was to have conversations with students who might be part of the next generation of the energy workforce – talking with them about energy, global markets, the potential for rewarding careers and the advanced technologies we use to safely and responsibly develop the energy our country needs to grow its economy and increase its security.

I visited with 110 graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane (photo below) and Rice universities – many of whom hope to work in the energy industry, and others who recognize the ways energy affects careers in manufacturing, finance, trading and other fields. 

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Natural Gas, Our Air and Our Modern Lifestyles

natural gas  power-past-impossible  Environment 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 19, 2018

By now you may have seen our new ad, “Air Up Here,” highlighting the role natural gas has played in helping to lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to their lowest levels in nearly 25 years.

While the ad focuses on how the industry is helping reduce greenhouse gases in our air, you may not realize that every cut in the ad features consumer goods the industry makes possible or makes better. Take a look at the ad and see if you can identify all of the products – many of which you likely own – made from materials produced from natural gas and oil. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

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Powering Life All Around Us

power-past-impossible  everything  state of american energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 26, 2018

Where do you want to go today, what do you want to do? Natural gas and oil get you there, and there’s a great chance they’ll be a part of whatever you’ve got planned – from the routine to the extraordinary. As fuels and as the essential elements in so many products, large and small, natural gas and oil help Americans power past the seemingly impossible every day.

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