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API: Natural Gas Plays Vital Role in Clean Power Generation; Increased Use of Natural Gas Drives Down Emissions

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WASHINGTON, June 19, 2019—Today, following the release of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, API released the following statement:

“The U.S. today is reducing emissions – which is the goal of ACE and the Clean Power Plan (CPP) before it – due to the increased use of cleaner and abundant natural gas to fuel electricity generation. In fact, carbon dioxide emissions from power generation are down nearly 30 percent since 2005, due to market forces. Natural gas today is the primary source of domestic electricity generation and will be for the foreseeable future – driving U.S. industrial activity, including manufacturing, and enabling the increased use of renewables,” said Howard Feldman, API’s Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs.

API’s comments on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule can be found here.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, 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 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.